According to Their Deeds by Paul Robertson

By Paul Robertson

Charles Beale lives fortunately within the shadows of Washington, D.C., as a good rare-books broker. Or regularly good. He has a streak of the gambler in him and while a faithful shopper dies--a guy deeply hooked up to the Justice Department--Beale eagerly regains the man's ebook collection...and quickly unearths himself with greater than he bid on. in a single quantity, Beale discovers records incriminating a number of significant political figures--blackmail fabric that would have ended in homicide. Weighing questions of justice and mercy--and with a bull's-eye on his back--Beale needs to untangle a sophisticated knot of lethal lies and unsafe secrets and techniques.

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According to Their Deeds

Charles Beale lives fortunately within the shadows of Washington, D. C. , as a good rare-books broker. Or normally first rate. He has a streak of the gambler in him and whilst a faithful consumer dies--a guy deeply attached to the Justice Department--Beale eagerly regains the man's booklet assortment. .. and shortly reveals himself with greater than he bid on.

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The guy had great taste. Too bad he’s gone, he was a great customer. But that desk, I’d have said twenty-six, twenty-eight for it, and we’re blowing through thirty without a hiccup. ” Every sound of conversation sank into the carpet’s downward pull. Wooden paddles rose and fell, or waved like water lilies on bottomless currents. “I’m glad there was an empty seat,” Charles said. A dozen people were standing at the back wall. ” “Thirty-four. Do I see thirty-five? The bid is now thirty-four thousand.

The guy had great taste. Too bad he’s gone, he was a great customer. But that desk, I’d have said twenty-six, twenty-eight for it, and we’re blowing through thirty without a hiccup. ” Every sound of conversation sank into the carpet’s downward pull. Wooden paddles rose and fell, or waved like water lilies on bottomless currents. “I’m glad there was an empty seat,” Charles said. A dozen people were standing at the back wall. ” “Thirty-four. Do I see thirty-five? The bid is now thirty-four thousand.

Charles paged through his catalog. Lot Sixty, Cherry Pedestal Desk, Philadelphia, 1876. Other people were flipping pages as well. “Not much of a description,” Norman said. ” “It’s historic. ” “Oh, wait, that’s where they found him, right? ” Charles didn’t answer. The bidding advanced, a conflict of deliberate and formal violence. “Because that could be worth a premium,” Norman said. “They’d clean it up, right? They wouldn’t sell it with blood all over it. But you’ve got to be careful cleaning those old finishes.

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