Renewing old acquaintances
Alisha, the agent that helped David track down Susan in the first book, is called back to once again rescue him, and, of course, play the devil’s advocate.
She doesn’t believe Susan is Susan.
And has been waiting in the wings for something like an assassination attempt to happen. While not apparently keeping an eye on him, he had enlisted the services of a waitress in his favorited café to alert her if anything happens.
In the washup, he’s forced to consider two possibilities, that Susan arranged for him to be killed, that coincidence of her just leaving and the assassin’s arrival, or that Bespalov’s friends were on a revenge mission.
It’s just another little indicator that his Susan might not be ‘the’ Susan.
But more importantly, it brings Alisha back into his life, a woman who Prendergast assigned to help him in his quest to find his wife, and along the way, nearly getting too close.
She convinces him his time in Italy, and keeping away from the problems of his marriage to Susan, is over, and arrives to take him back to England via Berlin.
And, of course, there is that latent threat Prendergast gave him back when he offered to help David, find her, get back together, or come back to work for him in his old job.
Somewhere, one might say, between a rock and a hard place.
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