Sean 1

Sean 1. The dull working title of my debut novel

Flight Scheming

I don’t think so. I think he’ll make you sweat. Everyone is going to be in separate cells anyway. His best bet is to completely ignore you and concentrate on the interrogation of the Chechens and Russkies first. You’ll be visited by some embassy junior who thinks you’re as guilty as you look.

Airport Summit

Let me work this out. You get Zelimkhan and Sergei in the same room, and then out of nowhere, the cavalry comes in and arrests everybody, including you. Then, you’re quietly released while the interrogations continue.

Airport Rendezvous

“If they couldn’t agree, they wouldn’t have agreed to meet. Your idea was good. This will move everything forward. I’m proud of you. Now, to more important matters. What perfume shall I buy?”

Tossing and Turning

“Ummm…OK, then. Wouldn’t lunch in Prague be more civilised than you barking at me over the phone? We are, after all, both going to be there later.” He sounded puzzled.

Sean - Handover

“Yes - and would you believe it? Mark just so happens to be going too. To Prague. On the same weekend.” Sean was watching for any reaction, any tell, anything to give away that John already knew. Instead, he saw confusion flicker across his features.

Hilton Akhmad

Sean spread his hands placatingly. “I know, Akhmad, I know. I’m new to this as you know, but I think it’s an ego thing. There must be bodyguards to show importance.”

Dairy Queen

“That wouldn’t be wise, Sean. Look, these guys are professionals. They will do what they need to do. Their exact rules of engagement are not something that is going to be shared with me, or with you. Stop worrying about things you cannot influence.”

Coq au Vin

“It’s lovely that you have gone to all this effort, and I definitely think you should do it more, but you’re about to try to persuade me not to come to Prague, and I am not going to let you.”
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