Chapter 04

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“Well, there are.  A few.”

“And you were one,” said Marie.

“Yeah, well that was some time ago.  Now tell me, who were those people.”

“It is complicated, Mister Kincaid.  Please take us to 39th street and you will be rewarded.  We are grateful.  Je vous remercie de tout cœur, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

“I understand French, and it’s alright.  I have to tell you though that I don’t take well to people shooting up my restaurant.”

Marie turned her face to the side and glanced up at the lights of the mall in the tall Time-Warner building as they made their way around Columbus Circle.  Cameron drove along the south side of the park.  Though the sun was setting, horse carriages still lined the north side of the street.  In the mirror, he could see that Nicole had sat up.  She marveled at the horses and then leered down 5th avenue as they crossed.

Marie said nothing more.

Cameron turned onto 2nd avenue and drove quickly downtown toward 39th street.

“How do you know how to make all of the traffic lights?” asked Marie.  “They turn green as we approach each one.”

“It’s a trick a cabby showed me.”  Cameron pointed at the digital speedometer.  “The lights are timed so that if you stay at twenty-nine, you will catch them all.”

At 39th street the Mercedes turned the corner off 2nd avenue.

“Is it the townhouse up on the right?” asked Cameron.

“Oui.  How did you know?”

“Unless those fellas are with you, the place is staked out.”

In front of the townhouse two men stood in heavy coats, too heavy for the time of year.  Steps ahead of the two men another black Escalade was parked and idling.

“They are not with us,” said Marie.

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