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Phantom Prey

By John Sandford

After one stricken college-age scholar disappears and are chanced on slashed to dying, Lucas Davenport unearths himself searching what seems to be a modern day Jack the Ripper. yet Lucas retains getting the sneaking suspicion that there's whatever else concerned. anything very undesirable, very darkish, and as elusive as a phantom.

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Del was once sitting on the table, interpreting a skinny paperback, whilst Lucas got here throughout the house door. He glanced again at Lucas after which acknowledged, “Heather is placing stuff in a few suitcases. ” “Huh. ” “Yeah. these home windows trouble me, even though. vast open like that. If you’re gonna sneak out of city, wouldn’t you pull the blinds? ” “I could. I don’t imagine Heather has a modest bone in her body,” Lucas acknowledged. “It’s now not modesty—if she’s gonna run, she’d are looking to continue it a mystery, ” Del acknowledged. He fumbled the paperback out of sight, yet ahead of it went, Lucas observed the name: looking forward to Godot. “She may be completely chuffed putting her knockers out the window, yet packing a bag? ” Lucas picked up the binoculars and took a glance. “I don’t know,” he acknowledged. “That’s bizarre. ” They watched awhile longer, then Del acknowledged, “I didn’t imagine you have been coming over. What’s up? ” “The Austin case can have simply solved itself,” Lucas acknowledged. He defined approximately Ricky Davis. “. . . so I’m beautiful yes he’s the fellow who opened the Frances Austin account. There’s the fifty thousand. His female friend, Helen, had all of the entry she wanted. She’d need to work out a password or anything, yet they can do this, a method or one other. Then, all she needed to do was once name constancy with the password, and feature a cost despatched to the handle that constancy already had. No cause of them to suspect something was once fallacious. Helen intercepts the mail—she’s there on my own virtually each day—and passes it to Ricky, who’d already arrange the account. ” “Why’d they kill Austin? ” Del requested. “Don’t comprehend that yet—maybe Frances figured it out. you need to listen a state of affairs? ” “Go forward. ” Lucas pulled up one other chair, sat, leaned again along with his palms in the back of his head, ft up at the table. “Frances is at domestic and comes to a decision to get a few cash from constancy. She sits down and makes the decision, paying no realization to Helen, who hears her say the password, or even a number of passwords. There it is—the money’s simply sitting there. And—we’ll need to exhibit this—Helen particularly wishes the cash. Or Ricky does. For a few cause or one other. so that they get a hold of this scheme, and it nearly works. yet Frances, who's no idiot, appears to be like at an account assertion, perhaps an entire month later, if Helen labored it correct, and she or he recollects . . . She recollects Helen being there, whilst she used to be at the mobilephone to constancy. ” He persisted: “But she’s unsure, so she is going to the home to confront Helen. They argue, it will get actual, there’s a knife, and Helen sticks her. Freak outs, calls Ricky, who is available in his truck, considered one of his vans, and so they movement the physique. Helen drives Frances’s vehicle again to her residence, after which . . . I don’t understand. She takes a cab, or Ricky selections her up, they return and get her vehicle. Or Ricky parks somewhere, after dumping the physique, and walks in and strikes her automobile. besides . . . ” “They paintings anything out,” Del acknowledged. He extra, “Works for me, yet you ain’t gonna get a jury to shop for it. no longer on Lucas Davenport’s say-so. ” “Ah—but there’ll be a few tough evidence,” Lucas stated. “They obtained whatever with the money. They paid whatever off.

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