"Good Offences": John Lynch has been researching on the given intel of Grifter's gun from Holden Carver on Grifter's mind control. Marc Slayton enters his office and confides on whether he can repair Cole's mind, in which Lynch isn't sure until he needs to know more.
- Did you really think I'd go along with you? Did you not know me at all, ever? I told you not to trust me, fool.
- -- Miss Misery
Appearing in "Good Offences"
Synopsis for "Good Offences"
John Lynch has been researching on the given intel of Grifter's gun from Holden Carver on Grifter's mind control. Marc Slayton enters his office and confides on whether he can repair Cole's mind, in which Lynch isn't sure until he needs to know more.
Two days later. Lynch meets Holden at a parking garage. He needlessly thanks Holden for the information on Grifter, but is disappointed for allowing himself to compromised. Holden angrily retort back, stating that ever since Lynch was shot he has been left in trouble and now inciting a chance to leave the Syndicate and owing a favor in saving Lynch's life. Lynch reply that many men were killed in making Tao believe that Grifter carry out the mission.
In a flashback, an explosion at the I.O. building makes it appear to be of Grifter's doing. I.O. agents then aimed their guns at Grifter and making an arrest on him. To Grifter, he thought that he is being turned against for no apparent reason. He retaliates and manage to kill everyone. Upon inspecting a dying I.O. agent he learns from him that it was Lynch's order to take him into custody. Lynch then probes Grifter's mind and make him remember everything for shooting Lynch.
In the present, Lynch recalls that Grifter is badly punishing himself for what he did. He then announce that he have move up the timetable against Tao and ask Holden of how they are going to make it work. Holden replies that he knows...
Much later, Holden receives a phone call from Miss Misery about Grifter's (staged) actions and that according to sources Lynch was gravely wounded. She also mentions that Tao felt that the Syndicate's base is compromised, and decided in having it shut down and moving the entire operation. Misery herself is tasked in bringing Holden to a new location in which she wants him to meet at the Brooklyn Safehouse.
While riding to Brooklyn on subway, Holden then realizes that all his troubles seem to have finally gone away. Upon arriving at the safehouse, he meets with Misery and the two make love. In the middle of intercourse, Peter Grimm crept from the shadows and touch Holden, inducing him into having nightmares. Grimm tells Holden that after having known not to trust him, he reveals that Tao knows all too well that he would betray before allowing him to suffer more nightmares. At Misery's bequest, Grimm made Holden to be conscious, yet weak, to having him humiliated to witness Misery having sex with Grimm and all the while for Misery to sharply ridicule Holden for trusting her. After done having sex, Misery, incensed, viciously beats Holden for meekly calling out her real name and throws him out the building, landing him on a car before being taken away for Tao.
Meanwhile at I.O., Lynch meets a self-wallowing Grifter in his cell. He tells Grifter that he isn't the man he knew for being pitiful, and wants him to become someone for revenge; in which Lynch knows "how he can get it."
- This book was first published on March 23, 2005.
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