“I know what you’re thinking, but we both know you can’t do that.”
Noticing Ives clenching his fist, Walzinski empathized with his overwhelming urge to strike something to relieve his anger. Walzinski understood and tried to rationalize the situation.
“Washington has the power. They make the rules, and it’s up to the rest of us to find the loopholes.”
“Bureaucrats! They haven’t the slightest idea what goes on in this country, the domestic conflicts they overlook while playing their international war games.” He shook his head. “Serious housecleaning is in order there.”
“No time now to kindle the fire for that witch hunt,” Walzinski stated, although his tone praised Ives’ comment.
Ives stared at him. He knew Walzinski had no idea how far he would go to be with Allina. Still, his demeanor presented a clue, as he commented, “Don’t be fooled by the hyena’s smile.”
Walzinski sighed, still not realizing the extent of Ives’ outrage. “Jeez, I’m sorry if we interrupted you. How are we supposed to know what you’re doing in the back of your limousine? I mean, are you confessing to Mally’s reports about you and your harem?”
Ives expelled a breathy laugh and looked away.
Walzinski shook his head and smiled. Already knowing the answer, he walked toward Ives while he mumbled, “You always get all the good jobs and all the women to seduce.”
Ives stood looking up at the night sky as he remembered how she felt in his arms, the touch of her lips as she gave herself to him. And what did he do? He betrayed her. How did he thank her? He wrote her death sentence. Now the bureau had her and they would not let go until they got something from her. What they expected, he could only imagine.
“How will I make her understand?” he thought. Numb from it all, Ives stood paralyzed and lost in his inner turmoil.
Walzinski tapped his arm with the back of his hand. “It’ll be okay. You love her, and it’s obvious she loves you, but we can’t do anything about that now except keep it a secret. You know, once Washington sinks their teeth into something, they don’t let go. We have our orders, and we have to follow them, or we can’t help her.”
Ives stared at the limousine. Just moments ago, he was in there with her, and now, every passing minute widened the chasm between them. He then turned around and walked toward an unmarked car, leaving Walzinski standing alone.
Title: The Killing Game
Author: The Black Rose
Genre: Romantic Suspense
A seductive story about corruption, sin, lust, and redemption. The series opens as Ives Andrich, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the FBI, is confronted with investigating the woman he has waited a lifetime to find. Because of her more than accurate novel about an Italian crime lord, the Bureau, against Ives’ wishes, asks for her help in infiltrating the internal organization of the nation’s most nefarious Mafia don. When the Bureau’s plan fails, and she becomes dangerously entangled in the private life of the United States’ most wanted criminal, Ives tolerance for Bureau mishaps vanishes. No holds barred, he puts everything on the line to save the woman he loves in the first book in The Killing Game Series, a suspense thriller series by The Black Rose.
The Black Rose is an author, photographer, and filmmaker. Born in Chicago, she currently resides in New York with the love her life, her Hokkaido Dog, Kuma. She began writing at the age of seven and dabbled until she woke up one day and simply had to write a novel. She has several 5-Star reviewed novels, both part of individual series.
She categorizes her novels very directly; “My writing is deeply rooted interpersonal relationships: people’s feelings, thoughts, emotions, and the intimacies between two people that truly love each other despite the circumstances surrounding them.” Her genres are suspense, thrillers, crime, romance, and espionage. As she says, “I write about love, honor, and doing the right thing, even when it seems disadvantageous, even when it’s not the popular path to take.” She sees her writing as a gift from God, and appreciates and learns from her stories.
Her writing passion stems from her immense love for art, which began with drawing at age five and moved into oil painting by age eight. Her love and study of photography soon became a professional passion, and she spends hours photographing and laying out her book covers. Readers can visit “Privé with The Black Rose” showcasing behind-the-scenes insights into her writing, novels, characters, photography, and films. She films and produces her book trailers and, in the future, plans to make short films.
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