By Deon Meyer

"I'll shoot one policeman each day, until eventually you arrest the assassin of Hanneke Sloet," says the email to the South African Police providers. after which the sniper turns risk into reality.
Bennie Griessel has to reopen the Sloet file. The case is forty days previous, the path has long gone chilly. No purpose, no leads, only a set of nude images, a really advanced company transaction, and monstrous strain from the brass, the media, and the relentless, unfathomable sniper. and during all of it, Griessel has to maintain his love curiosity, the alcoholic, former making a song sensation Alexa Barnard, sober for her comeback live performance, focus on his daughter's neanderthal boyfriend, his son's shenanigans, and his new partner's idiosyncrasies--and attempt to tame his personal all-consuming lust for the soothing powers of the bottle. Seven days of hell.

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A favor returned, he already knew, could be far more valuable than a few thousand dollars. Plus he now had a bond—an ally—with Capo Long John that would serve him well for years to come. CHAPTER 10 THE OPPOSITE SEX nthony Casso loved women and women loved him right back. He was usually dating several women at once. He always had new clothes, his pockets filled with cash. He was generous and spent freely. He also had a keen sense of humor and loved practical jokes just as much as he had when he was a schoolboy.

The war Al Capone—a neighborhood hero to these young toughs— had with Chicago’s Irish gangs was legendary, as was the war the Italians had in New York with Irish gangsters Vincent Coll “Mad Dog,” Eddie and Jack Diamond, “Big Bill” Dwyer, and Owny Madden. As history shows, the Irish gangsters were eventually decimated by the Italians . . by the Mafia’s jungle cunning and killing prowess. They fought, too, because of females . . an Irish girl becoming sweet for a dark-eyed, sexy Italian, or an Italian girl being charmed by an Irishman’s blue eyes, beguiling smile, and glib ways.

Casso stared at Mario, who had the hard jawline, overreaching brow, and deadpan eyes inherent in most Mob guys’ faces. ” Anthony asked. ” Rather than make a quick decision right then, Anthony politely thanked Gigante for his offer and said he’d let him know. They had dinner and parted as friends. Casso returned to Norwalk, New Jersey, not sure about what he should do. On the one hand, it was nice to be wanted, but he was not sure about the Genovese family—their contacts, their political connections, the wis- 34 PHILIP CARLO dom of its head, Phillip Lombardo—or about being inducted into it .

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