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Blindside

Blindside
Gj Moffat
Hachette UK (2011)
Rating:
***
Tags:
Thrillers, Suspense, Fiction

Alex Cahill and Logan Finch return in the gripping third novel in GJ Moffat's Glasgow-set crime series. When a passenger jet crashes in Denver, Colorado, nobody survives. In Glasgow, Alex Cahill is surprised to receive a phone call from the wife of an old Secret Service colleague who was supposedly travelling on the doomed plane. But there is no record of his name on the passenger list. Cahill uses his connections to find out what has happened but no one is talking. Not even to him. Enlisting the help of his lawyer and friend, Logan Finch, Cahill is determined to get some answers. Logan's girlfriend, DCI Rebecca Irvine, is also looking for answers. A new drug is killing users but is it accidental death or could it be homicide? As Rebecca searches the streets of Glasgow, and Cahill and Logan head to Denver, they are unaware that a perfect storm of events across the globe is about to engulf them all...

Review

'There is panache in Moffat's writing...but there is also a sense of conscience amidst the derring-do, an element of morality that helps to set it apart from a more run of the mill thriller. Elegant and unexpected, it isn't to be missed' -- Daily Mail

About the Author

GJ Moffat is a father, husband, writer and lawyer though sometimes he's not quite sure in what order. He always had the urge to write about good guys and bad guys and his thrillers bring them to life in glorious Technicolor. He is married with two little girls.

Blindside

GJ Moffat

Copyright © 2011 GJ Moffat

The right of GJ Moffat to be identified as the Author of the Work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Apart from any use permitted under UK copyright law, this publication may only be reproduced, stored, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means, with prior permission in writing of the publishers or, in the case of reprographic production, in accordance with the terms of licences issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency.

First published as an Ebook by Headline Publishing Group in 2011

All characters in this publication are fictitious and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Cataloguing in Publication Data is available from the British Library

eISBN: 9780755384327

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Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

Acknowledgements

Prologue

Part One: Missing

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Part Two: Soldiers

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Part Three: Secrets

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Part Four: Exit Strategy

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Part Five: Excursions

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Part Six: Patriots

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Part Seven: Homeland

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Part Eight: Brothers in Arms

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Part Nine: Grace

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Part Ten: Blood

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

For my grandparents, who all served one way or another – Jimmy, Hannah, John and Isobel.

Acknowledgements

For my family as always – KayCee, Bee and LuLu.

All the crowd at Hachette/Headline. Particular thanks to my publisher Bob McDevitt and my editor on this book Ali Hope.

I am amazed and humbled again by the generosity of those who spent their time talking to me and sharing their experiences. This book would not be what it is without them. They are Graeme “The Enforcer” Pearson former Director General of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, Sergeant Larry Subia of the Denver Police Department, Fiona Taylor for the introduction to Iraq veteran Joe Stewart and Joe for his memories. And finally my brother-in-law (and chemistry doctor) Paul Clingan for starting the ball rolling.

Chris Hannah for the new brand.

Prologue

 

FBI Field Office, Denver, Colorado
Midnight, Sunday

The top floor of the Federal Building at 1961 Stout Street at the edge of Downtown Denver was dark except for two rooms at the end of a long corridor. Peter Ames, a twenty-five-year-old Special Agent not long out of the Academy at Quantico, Virginia, moved along the corridor quickly. He was carrying a rolled sheet of paper which he twisted in his hands as he walked.

Ames passed by the first of the lighted rooms, seeing the faint silhouettes of three men sitting around the conference table inside. He stopped at the next door, glancing at the name plate on the wall beside it that told him it was occupied by the Special Agent in Charge of the Denver field office – SAC Randall Webb. Ames cleared his throat, flattened out the sheet of paper and opened the door.

Webb did not look up at Ames as he entered the room. His chair was facing the window and Ames could see from his reflection in the glass that Webb had the phone to his ear. Ames stared out the window but could see nothing in the dark. He wondered what Webb saw out there.

‘I’m still waiting to hear,’ Webb said into the phone. ‘I don’t have that information yet.’

Ames stepped around Webb’s desk until he was in his boss’s line of sight and held out the sheet of paper. Webb looked up at Ames and nodded, reaching out to take the paper from him.

‘Wait,’ Webb said into the phone. ‘I’m getting it now. I’ll call you back.’

He swivelled his chair round and hung up the phone, placing the paper on the desk in front of him.

‘It’s there, sir,’ Ames said, putting his finger on the paper next to a name on the flight passenger list: John Reece. Webb stared at the sheet for a long moment then leaned back in his chair. He was a trim black man in his early fifties. A native of Baltimore, his reputation in the Bureau was impeccable. He looked at Ames.

‘Do we have any confirmation from the scene yet? I mean about survivors.’

‘No, sir. It’s still too early for them to make a formal assessment on that.’

Webb sighed. ‘I know the official line, son. What I’m asking for is their best guess right now.’

Ames swallowed, his throat feeling dry in the air-conditioned environment.

‘No survivors is what they’re saying, sir.’

Webb glanced at the flat-screen television mounted on the wall to the side of his desk. The sound was on mute and the picture showed the crash scene from above as a news helicopter circled the flaming wreckage of the jet.

‘Where’s Coop?’ Webb asked, turning back to Ames.

‘He’s next door with the others.’

‘Go get him for me.’

Ames left and Webb picked up the phone to call the man he had been talking to before: an assistant director at Bureau headquarters in Washington. The AD answered on the first ring.

‘What’s the news?’

‘I got the list.’

‘And?’

‘The name John Reece is on it.’

The AD was quiet.

‘They’re saying no survivors,’ Webb added.

‘I need to wake the Director and give him the bad news. We’ll talk later.’

The door to Webb’s office opened again and Special Agent Cooper Grange walked in, followed by Ames. Grange was taller than the six-foot Ames by a good couple of inches and had twenty years on him. His trademark black suit looked tailored to fit his athletic frame and was offset by a greying crew cut.

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