By Stephen Leather
In numerous elements of London, 3 recruits arrange for his or her first day on the Metropolitan Police's education centre at Hendon. All 3 had succeeded in stepping into the police regardless of weaknesses. yet on their first day, the assistant commissioner declares that he desires them to affix a crew of undercover detectives. Their short? To develop into criminals; to paintings their approach up via no matter what felony enterprises they could get entry to, and to collate facts opposed to the criminals they arrive throughout. Their aim? one of many world's largest drug purchasers, Den Donovan, alias 'Tango One' - #1 on HM Customs and Excise's record of such a lot sought after criminals.
Three years later the entire recruits are becoming as regards to their aim. Too shut, maybe, to recollect the foundations . . .
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Did not imagine you went for this, Maury? " "Favour for a friend," stated Goldman regretfully. "His son's simply graduated .. . what am i able to say? probably Saatchi'll take him below his wing. " Donovan did not glance confident and Goldman laughed quietly. "I want a favour, Maury," acknowledged Donovan quietly. Goldman took out a wide scarlet handkerchief from his best pocket and mopped his forehead. "Come upstairs, we will be able to have a talk there. " Goldman waddled around the gallery and confirmed Donovan via a door that ended in a stairway. He went up the steps slowly, with Donovan following. "You should still get a boost installed," acknowledged Donovan. "I desire the exercise," acknowledged Goldman, panting as he reached the head of the steps and driven open the door to his inner most place of work. He held the door open for Donovan. The workplace was once an entire distinction to the gallery downstairs, with darkish wood panelling, brass mild fittings and a luxurious royal-blue carpet. The darkish oak furnishings incorporated a big table on which sat an incongruously hi-tech Apple Mac desktop. The work at the partitions have been a global except the canvases downstairs and Donovan wandered round, relishing the paintings. Goldman eased himself down directly to a big leather-based swivel chair in the back of the table and watched Donovan with an amused smile on his face. "This is good," acknowledged Donovan in admiration. "My god, this can be reliable. " He was once a small black chalk and lithographic crayon drawing of an previous girl, her face creased right into a thousand wrinkles, but with eyes that flickered like a teenager's. "It's a Goya, correct? " "Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, none other," acknowledged Goldman. "Where the hell did you get it from? " Goldman tapped the part of his nostril conspiratorially. "Trade secret," he acknowledged. "Kosher? " Goldman sighed theatrically. "Dennis, please .. . " "It has to be worthy seven fifty, correct? " "Closer to a mill, yet i may do you a deal, Dennis," acknowledged Goldman, taking a wide cigar out of a rosewood field and clipping the tip off with a gold cutter. "It's the wrong way around," acknowledged Donovan, rubbing his chin as he scrutinised the portray. "I have to promote what i have. " Goldman lit his cigar and took a deep pull on it, then blew a cloud of blue-grey smoke in the direction of the ceiling. "Have you any notion how a lot harm the smoke does? " requested Donovan. "I smoke an afternoon, doctor's orders. " "I intended to the work. " Goldman flashed Donovan a chilly smile. "Do you must promote every thing? " "Everything in the home. " Goldman raised his eyebrows. "Are you convinced you need to do this? Rock good investments. it is caliber you've there, Den. " "I'm no longer doing this through selection, Maury, think me. " Donovan walked over to a eco-friendly leather-based armchair contrary the table and sat on one of many fingers. He took out an envelope and dropped it directly to Goldman's table. Goldman opened it and took out a sheet of paper on which Donovan had written down a list of the entire work he desired to promote. Goldman took out a couple of gold-framed studying glasses and perched them at the finish of his bulbous nostril. He nodded appreciatively as he ran his eyes down the record.