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By Ross Thomas

A stuntman searches for a colleague whom he notion he killed lengthy ago
Two pirates do conflict on an previous junk send in Singapore Harbor. They jump nimbly from deck to rigging, crossing swords like fencing masters. after which one surprises the opposite, cutting a rope and sending the unlucky pirate tumbling into the bay. this can be how stuntman Angelo Sacchetti dies.
 
Edward Cauthorne was once his opponent, a fellow stuntman whose occupation died in addition to Sacchetti. He’s promoting used autos while thugs method him. They’re emissaries from Sacchetti’s godfather, a Mafia don. Sacchetti is alive after all—alive sufficient to be blackmailing the don—and they firmly request that Cauthorne locate him. the hunt takes Cauthorne again to Singapore, to probability his personal existence for the sake of the guy he inspiration he’d killed.

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