By Gerald Seymour
Mattie Furniss is ordered to Iran by means of British Intelligence to improve his last brokers and stimulate a move of knowledge. Unknown to him, Mattie's challenge is set to be blown huge open through political pressures, and he's quickly left on my own in a antagonistic atmosphere the place his each stream is tracked.
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I'm looking forward to it. . " " N o . " Charlie said it as if it didn't matter to him that his mother never wrote nor telephoned from California. As if it was nothing to him that the golf course and the bridge club and the riding school filled his mother's days and evenings, that she regarded him as a relic of a former life in Iran that was best forgotten, that was pain to remember. "I read about your escapade, the good old Tehran Times. " A slow smile on Charlie's face. " . . " "There was a search afterwards, plenty of roadblocks.
The bodyguard was already warily descending. There was music playing on a lower floor. The detective had had one session with the other residents of this terraced house, and he would have another later that afternoon when he had got himself shot of the big man. He hadn't been heavy with them, the others in the squat, not once he had discovered who Lucy Barnes' father was. Counter productive, he would have said, to have leaned too hard on them right now. He wanted their help, he needed all they could give him.
They were all pleased to be asked to Mahmood Shabro's parties, and they would eat everything within reach, they would drain every bottle. Charlie always had a good laugh out of Mahmood Shabro. Mahmood Shabro was a rogue and proud of it. Charlie liked that. The rest of them were pretence, talking of home as if they were off to Heathrow next week for the flight back, talking about the regime as if it were a brief aberration, talking about their new world as if they had conquered it. They had conquered nothing, the regime was in place, and they weren't going home next week, next year.
Home Run by Gerald Seymour