By John B. Robinson
Fast-talking gem professional Lonny Cushman encounters the damaging and malevolent global of the African gem as he accompanies a tender lady seminarian from long island to Rwanda looking for her lacking father. after they achieve Africa, Lonny chases a set of wonderful eco-friendly diamonds during the killing fields of the Congo. Their survival depends on negotiating the bloody community of the conflict-ridden African diamond exchange, together with Islamic jihadists, corrupt army officials, Israeli brokers, Ukrainian palms purchasers, and a complete host of con males. Can Lonny keep himself and the younger seminarian from a sad death?
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I gave it to my dad. Now the quarterly budget review is approaching and the money is gone. ” Lonny had paged through the annual report and could remember figures the way the Bishop of Kigali could quote Leviticus. ” “I don’t know,” said Ms. Carpenter, the emotional roller coaster of the morning plainly showing in the deflating bags under her eyes. “My mom divorced him when I was eight. ” Lonny couldn’t believe his ears. Flying on a hope and a briefcase of cash, thousands of dilettantes tried to enter the diamond business each year.
Lonny deflected the blow with his shoulder and returned a nasty punch to the throat. The second man stepped forward to grapple, and Lonny slammed him in the heart with the paperweight. The unarmed guards didn’t know much about dirty tricks, which is all that Lonny had ever learned. He practiced once a week with a retired NYPD detective who taught him how to fight in an elevator, kick a man down a staircase, aim for the soft spots, and deliver blunt, crippling blows. Self-defense, West 47th Street style.
Arrested development, patriarchal constructs, adolescent tantrums—her father. The day he figured out the relationship with his own father, he’d be a new person. ” Lonny asked. ” She spoke peevishly, as if he already knew the answer. “He borrowed $250,000 from St. John the Divine two months ago. ” Lonny bit the inside of his cheek. ” Ms. Carpenter leaned against the wooden headboard, allowing her long legs to stretch across the bed. “My father had a lead on something that would make millions for the cathedral.