Skin Trade (Artie Cohen, Book 4)

By Reggie Nadelson

Previoiusly released as intercourse Dolls.

Artie Cohen's long-time female friend Lily Hanes, has been discovered crushed up, raped and left for lifeless in an empty Parisian condo. within the wintry French capital, the place medicinal drugs are offered like fries at Macdonalds and the hookers are trucked in with the greens, Artie is going after Lily's attackers and unearths himself drawn in to an internet of intercourse, dying and deceit, suffering from the all-too own implications of the case as Lily lies in a coma.

A brilliantly concieved plot strikes Artie from Paris via Europe to Vienna after which, eventually, again to his local big apple on a roller-coaster trip the place there isn't any go back ticket.

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Extra rooms. I checked the doorways. bedrooms. a rest room. The floorboards creaked. A shadow crawled over the wall as a automobile handed below the road mild. I checked out my watch. virtually 5. God, i used to be drained. I slid down opposed to the wall within the hallway for a minute. Adrenalin stored me slightly wide awake. The forums creaking back, I scratched on the flooring, searching for something, a pin, a cigarette butt, a scrap of paper. at the chilly ground, there has been simply extra airborne dirt and dust. in a single of the bedrooms, I reached lower than the steel body of the mattress, with its naked bed folded over double. The room smelled musty, close up, lifeless. My hands touched whatever chilly and steel caught among the floorboards. It got here free. one other motor vehicle glided by outdoor. Its headlights flashed into the room and that i observed i used to be maintaining a coin. It used to be a Czech crown. Did Martha point out Czechoslovakia? Did Momo? Martha Burnham used to be part cracked. This was once just a coin. I ran my hand alongside the ground back, felt whatever, raised my hand with reference to my face so i may see what it was once. On my hand have been tiny cuttings of hair. pink hair. Lily’s hair. a mild flashed from the lounge. an individual was once the following. an individual had me to the condominium. I took the gun in a single hand. The concierge held open the door. It was once an analogous sullen lady I’d met prior to, in simple terms now she used to be livid simply because I’d messed along with her construction whilst she used to be dependable. at the back of her have been Tolya Sverdloff and Momo Gourad. I received up off the ground, the coin in my hand. “How the hell did you discover me? ” Gourad was once annoyed. “How? Very tough, you recognize. ” He tapped his head ironically. “I use my little grey cells, you recognize? I knew you’d come the following. I knew you’d need to see for your self that there's not anything to work out. ” “Who stumbled on her, Momo? ” “I did. ” “Why didn’t you inform me? ” “It’s labeled. ” “Bullshit. ” Momo acknowledged, “You’re method off limits. The minute you return during the door, you fuck with the crime scene. ” “No one else is fucking with it. not anyone else is doing something, isn’t that correct, Momo? ” “Your satirism isn't nice. ” “Sarcasm,” I acknowledged. “I placed myself on a limb for you. ” I grew to become to Tolya, whose tux was once a large number, the jacket rumpled, wine stains at the blouse. “What are you doing right here? ” “You disappear from the membership with out telling me, i am going trying to find you at that unload you’re staying in, I run into Gourad who’s additionally trying to find you. ” “Now you came across me. ” Gourad stated, “I got here to the resort simply because my leader is looking approximately you. He doesn’t such as you working round Paris. He despatched a few fool to speak to you the opposite evening, you weren’t there, he was once sending an even bigger fool at the present time. i used to be going to provide you with a warning to stick the fuck clear of whatever to do with this example for a number of days. ” “That’s it? ” “It’s fucking critical, Artie. ” “You be aware of and that i be aware of that Lily was once overwhelmed up the following, she used to be raped right here, they hacked off her hair the following. inform me anything, Momo. ” “What’s that? ” “Who known as you? How were you aware Lily was once damage? ” He shifted his weight from one foot to the opposite. “Tell me. ” “The concierge heard whatever.

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