London Twist: A Delilah Novella

By Barry Eisler

For Delilah, the Mossad's most sensible seductress, the parameters of the project have been regimen. The contractor: MI6. the target: infiltrate a fear community, this one working out of London. The stakes: a sequence of poison gasoline assaults on civilian inhabitants centers.
There's only one wrinkle. the objective is a woman--as clever, appealing, and devoted as Delilah herself. And for a cynical operative thrust without warning out of her point, the twists and turns of the undercover agent video game are nowhere close to as harmful because the secrets and techniques and needs of the human heart.
This tale is nearly 36,000 words--the similar of approximately one hundred forty five paper pages. it's a novella, now not a novel.

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She was hoping issues may pass well—the journal will be satisfied. Fatima was once nonetheless talking to the television reporter, who appeared to be doing now not even more than asking Fatima to copy what she had already stated into the bullhorn. Delilah paused to the aspect, in the ambit of Fatima’s peripheral imaginative and prescient, and used to be happy whilst her presence drew Fatima’s gaze for a second. whilst the reporter and cameraman moved off, Delilah had merely to breakthrough. Fatima used to be already turning her manner. “Thank you to your speech,” Delilah stated, extending her hand.

None of them stood, regardless of definitely having been alerted to her arrival by way of the 2 defense males in civilian outfits outdoor, whom she’d well-known through their demeanors and by way of the moderate bulge of the Uzi execs hid underneath their jackets. not anyone spoke as she made her approach during the front room, now not even after she’d taken the rest seat on the desk. Her years in Paris had accustomed Delilah to small speak, and she or he needed to remind herself that its absence the following will be neither impolite nor condescending.

No questions asked,” she acknowledged. “But a value to be paid. ” The Director nodded. “Yes. ” “Paid through me. ” “It’s now not a punishment,” the Director acknowledged. “You’re the precise individual for the task. ” really, she was once really convinced, it used to be either. the 1st deputy took a thumb force from his blouse pocket and slid it around the desk to her. “You’re going to London,” he acknowledged. “You’ll liaise with an MI6 operative—” “Liaise? this can be the way you safeguard my conceal? ” The Director shrugged. “Delilah, this sort of factor is inevitable.

He’d learn the sympathetic interview she’d despatched in; simply how keen on her loyalties may he be? Her inflammation elevated. “Protecting you, Kent. out of your personal unprofessional proclivities. ” He smiled. “I don’t imagine you supply me adequate credits. ” “I’m definite I don’t. ” “What I suggest is, who do you think that used to be despatched to Riyadh to stitch up unfastened ends there? ” She checked out him for a protracted second. convinced, she may perhaps think it. She’d sensed the hardness underneath the humorously urbane external. She had without doubt that, have been it a part of the task, he may possibly kill with out compunction.

Her touch will be watching for her at ten o’clock on the Coburg Bar of the Connaught lodge in Mayfair nights consequently. She’d be touring lower than her traditional freelance photographer conceal, and will count on to be on the town for a few weeks, possibly longer. that they had already rented her a flat in Notting Hill. She slightly had time to come again to Paris, pack a bag, and seize a flight to London. An unctuous genuine property dealer permit her into the flat, a pleasant sufficient one-bedroom walk-up full of overdue afternoon June solar, and confirmed her the operation of the home equipment and a few of the different minutiae of lifestyle there.

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