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ALSO BY DAVID ELLIS
The Hidden Man*
Eye of the Beholder
In the Company of Liars
Jury of One
Line of Vision
*A Jason Kolarich Novel
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Breach of trust / David Ellis.
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To Julia Grace Ellis, my little treasure
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
—SUN-TZU, CHINESE GENERAL AND MILITARY STRATEGIST (ATTRIBUTED), FIFTH CENTURY B.C.
Unless your enemy’s wearing a wire.
—CIRIACO “CHARLIE” CIMINO, POLITICAL FUNDRAISER, 2007
I AM RECOUNTING THIS STORY IN CASE I AM NOT AROUND WHEN THE
dust settles. If some unfortunate accident should befall me, as they say, and I am unable to testify, I want to have some account of what I did and why. I will not try to justify my actions. I could tell you that they made me do it, but that’s hardly the point, and it may not be entirely accurate.
I won’t lie to you, which is to say I will not deliberately mislead you. I will give you the most accurate account of events I can muster, but I can’t promise it will be the truth. Truth is a matter of perspective, and if you don’t believe me, then just watch how this whole thing plays out. Everyone who is a part of this story will tell a different version, when their time comes. In most of those versions, the hero will be whoever is telling the story.
In many of those versions, no doubt, the villain will be me.
IF ERNESTO RAMIREZ HAD BEEN A BETTER LIAR, HE’D
still be alive.