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ROYA FETOVA – 18

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Tony Ferragamo drove north along the Fox River to Batavia. He spotted a pickup truck idling outside a busy convenience store, parked his stolen car, jumped in the truck and took off. He glanced in the rear-view mirror. Nobody. Tony grinned. He couldn’t keep this ride for long but such a sweet truck. F-150. All the perks. Clean. Continue reading

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ROYA FETOVA – 17

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“Roya, they’re pulling onto the expressway. Should I follow?”

“Naturally.” Roya’s climbed over the console into the front passenger seat of the big SUV. “Don’t lose them.”

When the Cadillac turned onto the ramp, Frank followed, closer than before. Soon they accelerated to highway speed under the glare of halogen lights. Strange, just how vacant the Eisenhower expressway could be that time of the morning. Continue reading

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ROYA FETOVA – 16

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Tony Ferragamo parked his stolen car out front of the matchbox ranch and pushed the door bell. He peered down the block hoping he’d picked the right house. Rows of identical units, all different colors, most needing fresh paint. Houses of Nines—$9,999 in the 40s—built after WWII for the big glut of GIs coming home from the war. Continue reading

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ROYA FETOVA – 15

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Desi Grasso’s phone came alive with an electronic version of Ave Maria. After a pause, he answered it. “Speak.” His voice cracked and in his embarrassment, he knew nobody would ever mistake him for his Uncle.

“It’s Nick.” The metallic speaker made the voice more menacing. Desi recalled the expressionless eyes and asked, “Did you stake out Tony’s sister? Do you have him?” His Uncle taught him, always watch the family first. Continue reading

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ROYA FETOVA – 13

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“I’m sorry, Uncle Uomo. Both of ‘em were already dead when we got there.”

A massive fist, came down on the desk and Desi watched Grasso’s bloated jowls tighten. “Do not—do not ever simper with apologies. If that were necessary, you would already be…let us say I would have no further use for your services.” He scowled and leaned back in his massive chair, suddenly placid or seemingly so. Desi knew his uncle’s changing moods. Continue reading

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ROYA FETOVA – 12

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Stan Harris checked his service revolver and slipped his arms into his suit coat on the way out the building. The back seat of the Crown Vic made almost enough room for his big frame and he settled back while Special Agent Paul Schneider steered the car into traffic, then handed back a phone. Harris still refused to carry one. “St. Louis on the line, Stan.”

Harris took a deep breath before raising the phone to his face. “Sammy? Stan. No, I’m on my way to Joliet Airport to check on some dead mobsters. You got that St. Louis gravel truck shooting covered?” Continue reading

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ROYA FETOVA – 11

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Roya abruptly turned serious. “That was unprofessional of me—taunting him from the window when he’s stalking us. Now he knows where we are.” She said something sharp in Russian. “We played these cat and mouse games, my Sergey and I. We took risks—enjoyed the game so much.” Continue reading

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ROYA FETOVA – 10

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The train got underway and jostled Frank in his seat when Roya whispered in his ear. “Look at that guy in the lower level across the aisle. He tailed my Mustang and got on the train with me. Anything familiar about him?” Continue reading

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