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Black Lens: Part XXI

Jun 15, 2011 in Black Lens, Guest Posts

Story by Ken Bruen and Russell Ackerman

Ken Bruen is one of the most celebrated crime novelists of our time.

Black Lens is his most secret project.

Read on as the unveiling continues.

Every Wednesday on Mulholland Books.

With art by Jonathan Santlofer.

Fade in…

Read Part 1, Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10Part 11,Part 12, Part 13Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19 and Part 20.

‘THE FUHRER SPOKE IMPERSONALLY OF HIS SUICIDE, DUE SOON, AS IF IT WERE THE ONLY CHOICE.WE KEPT SEEING OUR OWN DEATHS BEFORE OUR EYES AS WELL AS HIS.

………………………WE WERE

..GETTING USED

TO

THE IDEA.’

TRAUDL JUNGE, HITLERS SECRETARY.

 

 

 

 

The Wolf was good to go. The Cabal has insisted on a new regime, a regime of

Torture.

A commando style course of exercises, coupled with endless practices as a TV reporter. He looked in the mirror, a slim, cool looking dude gazed back.

Over and over, Benedict, Cromwell’s gofer, had put him through his paces, explaining a hundred times how the camera contained the weapon yet would pass all the detector tests.

And

How it would

Go down

This part made the Wolf’s mouth go dry.

Benedict refusing to tell him who was behind the camera, was he one of their’s?

Intoning

……………….half hour in, you’ve got Ransom’s confidence, the guards are relaxed, they are on CNN,

You pause

Check the camera, take out the Glock, move to Ransom, say

‘Suck on this you piece of shit.’

The guards, startled, ignoring the camera guy,

Are…neutralized by him.

‘You don’t pull the trigger.’

What?

Said

‘You’re fucking kidding.’

And Benedict smiled.

A rare to rarest action. He looked right at the Wolf, said

‘Up close and personal, what you wanted? You slit the throat of the piece of garbage, whisper

‘For Romanski.’

The wolf, had to know, asked

‘And the escape?’

Heard

‘It’s a work of art and will work if you follow the directions exactly, if not, you die with the beast.’

 

 

 

Ken Bruen has been a finalist for the Edgar and Anthony Awards, and has won a Macavity Award, a Barry Award, and two Shamus Awards for the Jack Taylor series. He lives in Galway, Ireland. Learn more at KenBruen.com.

Russell Ackerman is Guillermo del Toro’s Development Executive. He is currently working on the film MAMA to be directed by Andy Muschietti, DROOD based on Dan Simmons’ novel of the same name, adapted by Brian Helgeland, and MIDNIGHT DELIVERY written by Neil Cross, all set up at Universal Pictures. He lives in Los Angeles.

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