Clementine by Cherie Priest

By Cherie Priest

Maria Isabella Boyd's luck as a accomplice undercover agent has made her too recognized for extra espionage paintings, and now her employment concepts are slender. Exiled, widowed, and close to poverty...she reluctantly is going to paintings for the Pinkerton nationwide Detective supplier in Chicago.

Adding insult to damage, her first great task is commissioned via the Union military. briefly, a federally backed shipping dirigible is being violently pursued around the Rockies and Uncle Sam isn't happy. The Clementine is sporting a most sensible mystery load of army essentials--essentials which has to be dropped at Louisville, Kentucky, with no delay.

Intelligence means that the unrelenting pursuer is a runaway slave who's been sought after via gurus on each side of the Mason-Dixon for fifteen years. In that point, Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey has felonied his long ago and forth around the continent, leaving a path of damaged banks, stolen battle machines, and illegally allotted weaponry from sea to shining sea.

And now it s Maria's task to move get him.

He's risky quarry and she's a deadly girl, but if forces conspire opposed to them either, they take an opportunity and shape an alliance. She joins his staff, and he makes use of her connections. She follows his orders. he's taking her advice.

And an individual, someplace, goes to rue the day he crossed both of them.

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Give me the glass,” he demanded. He held out his hand to Simeon but Lamar brought the instrument forward, and stayed to stand by the window. Hainey extended the telescoping tube and held it up to his right eye. From habit, he rested his thumb on the scar that bisected that side of his face from the corner of his mouth to his ear. He closed his left eye. ” Lamar held his hands over his eyes like an awning. ” Simeon asked. He adjusted his position so that he could reach the important levers and pertinent buttons, readying himself for the surge of speed that Hainey was mere moments away from ordering.

He minded the knife but wasn’t much worried about it. “Go tell him Crog is here to ask about prompt and friendly repayment of an old favor. ” The woman thought about it for a second, and swung her head from side to side. “No. I’ll tell Barebones, but we don’t have no Negroes in here. ” He stuck his foot in the door before she could shut it, and he told her, “I know what your sign says, and I know what your boss says. And it don’t apply to me, or to my friends. ” “I’ll go ask him, and you’ll wait here,” she insisted.

Hainey asked. ” Simeon, who never took his eyes off the growing black dot of the Free Crow, said, “He’s wishing we’d brought that Chinaman Fang, at least. ” Hainey knew that much already, so he nodded, but didn’t reply except to say, “The three of us will be plenty of man to take back our bird. Fang’s good at what he does,” he agreed. “A good man to have on board, that’s for damn sure. But we’ve got the Rattler. ” “Yessir,” the engineer said. He unfastened himself from the wall and, swaying back and forth to keep his balance, he grasped the edge of the engine room door to swing himself inside.

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