By Dan J. Marlowe
It wasn’t in any respect like Hazel to head off with out a observe to Drake. yet she did. He attempted calling her on the inn, yet they acknowledged she’d simply looked at. No, no messages.
Drake figured he’d greater perform a little checking on his own.
Which is why he went to work out Hazel’s company supervisor, Nate Pepperan, in Hudson. It have been Pepperman’s telephone name which had taken Hazel to Hudson within the first position. Nate may absolutely be aware of the place she was.
But Nate wasn’t telling. How might he, along with his throat slit?
Operation Whiplash—a stressful, blood-pounding story of mayhem, homicide, and the Mafia with Drake, the guy with Nobody’s Face.
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