Whilst a best mystery programme of implanting harrowing stories into blameless humans involves mild, neurosurgeon Tom McCarthy is actually stuck within the crossfire. when McCarthy seems ahead to a 3 day weekend, his workplace is unexpectedly raided through division of safeguard investigators bent on arresting him for a criminal offense he did not dedicate. All hell breaks free while an inadvertent scuffle escalates, leaving one agent lifeless by the hands of the opposite, and McCarthy fleeing, yet hopelessly trapped contained in the labyrinthine corridors, heating ducts, and stairways of a big Seattle clinical Centre. With the CIA and Seattle PD ultimate in, McCarthy unwittingly pulls Dr. Sarah Hamilton into the fray. and prefer rats in a maze, they fight to stick one step prior to their lethal hunters, while at the same time uncovering a path of corruption that reaches surprising dimensions.
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Defense. ” Tom stepped clear of the door, turning 360 levels to examine a room he’d merely noticeable sometimes whilst jogging earlier the open door. Thirty sq. toes of floor-to-ceiling cinder blocks lit by way of naked fluorescent ceiling rods. The wall to his left contained steel elevator doorways and a smaller unmarried door. Had no inspiration the place the one door led yet attempted it. Locked. at the contrary wall was once one other door, which he figured may still open onto a piece of roof. He demonstrated the knob, stumbled on it wasn’t locked, and opened the door into blazing sun, shimmering warmth waves, and the odor of scorching tar. A thundering crash got here from the corridor door. Squinting from the brilliant gentle, he stepped onto blacktop and right into a maze of crisscrossing air flow ducts and fan housings. one other crash thundered from at the back of. He glanced over his shoulder in time to work out the corridor door fly open. He began operating, slicing round a wall of ductwork. useless forward the roof led to a foot-high parapet. a noisy bang got here from the air duct simply to his correct. He glanced again, observed a guy in a two-handed firing crouch aiming a silenced pistol at him. ninety four | A L L E N W Y L E R Shit! McCarthy dashed immediately towards the parapet as one other bullet ripped in the course of the ductwork, nearer this time. operating flat out, he jumped, clearing the parapet via simply inches. thirteen SIKES WASN’T from now on inspired with Frank Hansen, head of safeguard at medical professionals health center, than he have been with Doolittle. Hansen made a extra expert first influence, yet he lacked self belief and via inference, skill. Tall and angular, freckled, with that blameless boy-next-door visual appeal of a jock staring at his highschool glory days disappearing in life’s rearview reflect. Like Doolittle, he’d most likely develop into a rent-a-cop after washing out of a police academy someplace. bodily he was once large enough, perhaps even tricky sufficient, at one time. yet now it seemed like he had a nasty case of gelatin mind. Sikes provided Hansen his identification. “Officer Hansen, Warren Sikes, division of protection. ” definite, it used to be a waste of time enjoying international relations to those walk-ons. And if Hansen had any smarts in any respect, he’d get at the horn jackrabbit speedy, name SPD, stand again, and enable the massive boys play. however the longer this little charade dragged on, the extra time Sikes needed to in my opinion take care of the traitor, McCarthy. the disadvantage, after all, used to be the longer this dragged on, the extra time McCarthy needed to holiday throughout the perimeter. even supposing most unlikely, the chance that McCarthy had really escaped grew extra worrisome each minute Womack and Lewis got here up empty. They should’ve already nailed McCarthy’s ass by means of now. having said that, the Seattle police officers may be placed to solid use in sealing the fringe of the ninety five 96 | A L L E N W Y L E R better scientific heart advanced. possibly he may possibly convince them to herald a SWAT crew to comb the development. Yeah, a few SWAT motion will not be a foul inspiration. Hansen inspected Sikes’s identity, regarded again up at him, requested, “Uh, what service provider is that this? ” earlier than handing it again. “DIA—ah, security Intelligence business enterprise.