She turned in my arms, still in full runaway mode. Jagger, I love being with you, but I don’t think I’m ready to…be with you, if you follow.
Truman stepped behind him and checked him for weapons, removing a revolver from his belt and then handcuffing him. It took two sets of handcuffs linked together to bring McDonald’s arms in place behind his back. Truman rattled off a statement about temporarily securing McDonald for the safety of the officers, and McDonald shot him a black look over his shoulder.He silently watched McDonald while Mercy took the stairs to the upper level of the house. He traced her movements by the sound of her footsteps overhead. Each hushed shout of Clear! as she moved from room to room steadied his breathing. She was back within less than a minute.
Where’s Cade Pruitt? asked Mercy.McDonald took a long moment to size her up. Not sure who you’re talking about. I have a lot of men working for me.Truman resisted an urge to whack him in the head to jolt his memory.
Mercy gave a smile that made Truman’s skin crawl. Is he still alive? she asked sweetly. Or has he met the same fate as Joshua Pence?McDonald stared calmly at her. Again . . . not sure what you’re getting at.
In five minutes this ranch will be crawling with FBI agents and Deschutes County deputies, she said with the same smile. How about you do some work on restoring your memory before they arrive?
He leaned back in his chair and gave a lazy smile, a man in no hurry.Sheriff Rhodes nodded, but Mercy saw the regret in his eyes. She suspected he liked this Toby Cox who wasn’t right in the head.
Mercy mentally placed Toby Cox at the top of her list to interview.I want to see the other two murder sites, Mercy told Eddie as she drove toward Eagle’s Nest.
Out of the corner of her eye, she saw him nod as he focused on a file in his lap.They’re both on the other side of Eagle’s Nest, he replied. I’ll pull up the location of the first.