By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

One a best FBI agent.
The different an excellent, twisted criminal.

An timeless hatred among them.

Now, an ideal crime.

And the last word challenge:
Stop me when you can...

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I will not let you know how a lot I remorse this. it truly is whatever i wouldn't want on my worst enemy, and particularly now not on an individual I’ve come to treat as a depended on pal. however it is anything i think you're top built to deal with. Diogenes’s possibility is simply too amorphous for me to take to the FBI or different legislation enforcement employer, considering he contrived his personal fake demise a few years in the past. A unmarried, devoted person has the easiest likelihood of forestalling my brother from undertaking this crime. that specific is you. Diogenes has despatched me a letter such as just one factor: a date, January 28. probably, the crime should be dedicated on that date. i wouldn't, even if, make any assumptions—the date may perhaps suggest not anything in any respect. Diogenes is, if whatever, unpredictable. it is very important take a go away of absence from the Southampton P. D. or anywhere you're presently hired. this can't be shunned. Get all of the details you could from Detective Captain Laura Hayward, yet for her personal sake reduce her involvement. Diogenes is a professional on forensics and police technique, and any details left on the scene of the crime—assuming, God forbid, you're not in time to forestall stated crime—will without doubt be cleverly contrived to misinform the police. Hayward, as tremendous an officer as she is, isn't any fit for my brother. I’ve left a separate observe for Constance, who will at this aspect comprehend all of the details of this subject. she is going to make my apartment, my funds, and all my assets on hand to you. she is going to instantly positioned at your disposal a checking account containing $500,000 on your identify, to take advantage of as you notice healthy. i like to recommend that you just use her worthwhile examine abilities, even though I ask that you just continue her from your direct research for seen purposes. She mustn't ever go away the mansion—ever. and also you needs to watch her very, very rigorously. She continues to be fragile, either mentally and bodily. As a primary step, you might want to pay a trip to my Great-Aunt Cornelia, who's limited to a clinic on Little Governors Island. She knew Diogenes as a boy, and he or she will give you the non-public and kinfolk info you are going to unquestionably want. deal with this information—and her—with nice care. One ultimate be aware. Diogenes is consummately risky. he's my highbrow equivalent, yet he used to be in some way shaped with out the slightest shred of ethical sense of right and wrong. furthermore, a serious early life disorder left him broken. he's inspired through an timeless hatred of myself and an utter contempt for humanity. don't achieve his cognizance any ahead of you should. Be vigilant perpetually. see you later, my friend—and sturdy good fortune. Aloysius Pendergast D’Agosta seemed up. “January 28? My God, that’s only one week away. ” Constance in simple terms bowed her head. 4 IT was once THE scent of where, she idea, that truly introduced domestic the very fact she was once again within the museum: that mix of mothballs, dirt, previous varnish, and a whiff of deterioration. She walked down the nice fifth-floor hall, earlier the oaken workplace doorways, each one carrying the identify of a curator in black-edged gold leaf. She used to be stunned at how few new names there have been.

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