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night in Monaco, my best friend, Maxence, disappeared from the middle of the
Monte Carlo casino like blowing away a breath of smoke.I have no idea what Maxence was doing in Monaco that night. Yeah, he loves the
Monte Carlo casino—the stage of British spy movies, billionaires, Russian
mafia, and roulette.
But too many people in Monaco think he might be a danger to them.
He never should have been there.
But he was.
And so was Simone. She’s trouble from our past at boarding school. Her husband
is a good friend of some of the people who would be happier if Maxence wasn’t
They tell me Maxence was here in the casino, and then a few minutes later, he
Like he dropped off the face of the Earth.
Or like he was dropped off one of Monaco’s cliffs and into the blue
Mediterranean Sea, which was just a few feet from where he was standing when he
Arthur and I are in Monaco to find Maxence, no matter what it takes.
But we might end up finding his body.
said, “Max’s security team called. Max is gone, and they can’t find him.”
flopped back onto the pillow and pulled up the duvet. “Max always throws his
security. It’s traditional. He’s probably off playing Robin Hood or Galahad
somewhere, or maybe he’s just on another global bender. Come back to bed.”
sighed. “Max was in Monaco when he went missing.”
around in the bed and ogled him with one very serious brown eye above the
bedcovers. “Is he alive?”
Max’s older brother. “In Monaco.”
grimaced. “Anybody else gone missing?”
doesn’t know. I’m sure he’ll start calling in favors.”
threw back the covers and slithered out of the bed, landing on the floor with a
thump. “I’ll pack.”
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to publish literary fiction. Because professional reviews of her other fiction
usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex and too much
interesting plot, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her
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