Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- Language: English
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The majority of children who are kidnapped and killed are dead within
three hours of the abduction. Thanks to my roommate, the walking
encyclopedia of probabilities and statistics, I knew the exact numbers. I knew
that when you went from discussing hours to days and days to weeks, the
likelihood of recovery dropped so far that the FBI couldn’t justify the
manpower necessary to keep the case active.
I knew that by the time a case was classified “cold” and found its way to
us, we were probably looking for a body—not a little girl.
But Mackenzie McBride was six years old.
But her favorite color was purple.
But she wanted to be a “veterinarian pop star.”
You couldn’t stop looking for a kid like that. You couldn’t stop hoping,
even if you tried.
“You look like a woman in need of amusement. Or possibly libation.”
Michael Townsend eased himself down onto the sofa next to me, stretching
his bad leg out to the side.
“I’m fine,” I said.
Michael snorted. “The corners of your mouth are turned upward. The rest
of your face is fighting it, like if your lips parted into even a tiny smile, it
might clear the way for a sob.”
That was the downside to joining the Naturals program. We were all here
because we saw things that other people didn’t. Michael read facial
expressions as easily as other people read words.
He leaned toward me. “Say the word, Colorado, and I will selflessly
provide you with a much-needed distraction.”
The last time Michael had offered to distract me, we’d spent half an hour
blowing things up and then hacked our way into a secure FBI drive.
Well, technically, Sloane had hacked our way into a secure FBI drive, but
the end result had been the same.
“No distractions,” I said firmly.
“Are you sure?” Michael asked. “Because this distraction involves Lia,
Jell-O, and a vendetta that begs to be paid.”
I didn’t want to know what our resident lie detector had done to provoke
the kind of vengeance that came laden with Jell-O. Given Lia’s personality
and her history with Michael, the possibilities were endless.
“You do realize that starting a prank war with Lia would be a very bad
idea,” I said.
“Without question,” Michael replied. “If only I weren’t so overly
burdened with good sense and a need for self-preservation.”
Michael drove like a maniac and had a general disdain for authority. Two
months earlier, he’d followed me out of the house knowing that I was the
subject of a serial killer’s obsession, and he’d gotten shot for his trouble.
Self-preservation was not Michael’s strong suit.
“What if we’re wrong about this case?” I asked. My thoughts had looped
right back around: from Michael to Mackenzie, from what had happened six
weeks ago to what Agent Briggs and his team were out there doing right now.
“We’re not wrong,” Michael said softly.
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