the smuggler’s bible


“You want me to take the lid off the box.”

“It is the deferred fulfillment of your obligations,” the other Rumble says. “You were hired to enter a secure facility and remove a data storage device from a mute network. Then, after considerable loss of life, you transported it to the Kuril Islands, where you deployed the device in a manner unsuited to its purpose and completely unsanctioned by your employer.”

“There was a goddamn complication,” Juliet says.

“No. There was a contract. I admit the situation as it stands seems unbalanced, but that’s just the nature of hostage negotiation.”