Devil's Bargain by Rachel Caine

By Rachel Caine

"Jasmine ""Jazz"" Callender is at the downhill slide to wreck. as soon as a adorned murder detective, she's misplaced all of it: her former partner's been convicted of homicide, she's been cashiered out, and she's consuming away what little self-respect she's acquired left. yet Jazz has a expertise for difficulty, and a person is aware it. while a mysterious, horny stranger comes searching for her with a fateful purple envelope in his hand, she's approximately to make the deal of her lifestyles ... for stable or undesirable. The deal calls for her to go into right into a partnership with a stranger and examine circumstances that arrive in particular pink envelopes ... that is peculiar adequate, yet will get more bizarre as she and her new accomplice Lucia notice that they're operating for somebody with supernatural skills. and perhaps they don't seem to be at the facet of the angels anymore. "

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You can either trust me about this, or we can get in the car, drive out, and go our separate ways. " Lucia's dark eyes studied her for several long seconds, and then those elegantly outlined lips curved into a smile. "All right," she said, and reached to her back with one hand. Gun. Damn, Lucia had a gun. 22 automatic, combat black. " "I didn't," she replied, and put the weight of it into Jazz's hand. "I sent it ahead to a courier and had him bring it. " Jazz hadn't even noticed a man with a briefcase, except as part of the general wallpaper.

That was the mantra that rocked her to sleep at night. I'd have known. All those nights, sitting together, talking, pouring out our lives to each other, I'd have known if he was capable of cold-blooded murder. Lucia didn't comment again. " Jazz shrugged. " Those elegantly shaped dark eyebrows rose just a little. "Because even though you shop at Ann Taylor for your suits, I can't afford to. I need the money. " Jazz glared at her, daring her to find fault. "I need the money. " Lucia's lips curved into a smile.

However, in self-defense, I did have to match the carpet. " "Plus," Lucia said thoughtfully, "it makes people think you have no sophistication. " That came as a shock. Not a pleasant one. " "You, Jazz, are a lie. A subtle one. It probably works very well for you. Under all that ragged hair and frumpy clothes, you're good-looking. You could make this place look sophisticated-you deliberately choose not to. " Jazz blinked, nonplussed. " Lucia's carefully shaped eyebrows rose and fell. "My specialty is in controlling perceptions.

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