By Jessica Speart
It is known as Delta Gold -- caviar from the endangered Mississippi River paddlefish that opponents the world-renowned beluga. And now that greed has all yet decimated one billion greenback Caspian Sea undefined, the Russian mafia is casting its deadly line into the land of ElvisTennessee is the purgatory the place the U.S. Fish and flora and fauna carrier has consigned Rachel Porter for making difficulty. Now, posing as a filthy agent at the take, she's diving right into a shark pool of hungry predators drawn by means of the odor of massive cash. yet there is extra roiling those waters than a thriving exchange within the unlawful poaching of paddlefish for his or her roe -- as Rachel's research unearths even scarier secrets...and homicide. In guarding the golden egg, Rachel has gotten in approach too deep over her head. And now she's in grave risk of studying the that means of "extinct" firsthand.
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I have no intention of blowing my pension skyhigh to cover your ass on this little caper. For chrissakes! ” Hickok fumed. “Goddammit, the minute they mentioned your name, I knew it meant nothing but trouble. ” I’d asked to be transferred from New Orleans to begin with because Charlie Hickok and I spent most of our time butting heads. ” I said, launching into my defense. “Would you rather I’d simply taken the ﬁsh eggs and slapped him with a twenty-ﬁvedollar ﬁne? That’s not how the Charlie Hickok I used 28 Jessica Speart to know would have worked it,” I asserted, beginning to limber up and get off the ropes.
It was just possible that Vincent was on to something. I’d gone to visit his school once, and bumped into a student dressed as an executioner. Under his arm was a mannequin’s severed leg. I’d been crazy enough to ask what he was doing. He proceeded to explain that he was modeling himself after his favorite pro wrestler—one who carried around a head. ” I’d inquired. “Not if you view it in psychoanalytic terms. Actually, my wrestling idol, Al Snow, says that what I’m expressing is healthy. I’m projecting a nonverbal cry for help.
This was my kind of woman. She’d make a hell of an agent if she ever wanted a seven-day-a-week, twenty-four-hour job. After dinner, Terri, Vincent, and Gena decided to continue the party at a blues club on Beale Street. I begged off for once, and went upstairs to think about the money I’d received today from Woody. Charlie had said that working undercover would play with my BLACK DELTA NIGHT 53 head. That was all right. My mind was looking to take a little vacation anyway. The City of New Orleans pulled out of the train station, whistling that it was time to go to sleep, as the Main Street trolley clanged by.