By Camille Minichino
A Periodic desk Mystery
Retired physicist Gloria Lamerino is again in her outdated stomping grounds, Berkeley, California, to wait the marriage of her ally. however the pleasure is short-lived whilst the capturing demise of an emergency clinical technician is attached to the woman's fiance, Philip Chambers.
The lacking hyperlink is a duffel bag picked up by means of the EMT as she arrived within the emergency room together with her fatally wounded sufferer: a scientist constructing hugely categorized learn on nitrogen. The useless scientist was once Philip Chambers's colleague. Now, the bag -- and its contents -- are lacking. And so is Chambers.
conscious of the dire outcomes of guns grade nitrogen falling into the inaccurate arms, Gloria fears the worst as she attempts to piece jointly a conspiracy that threatens nationwide defense, her most sensible friend's happiness and her personal skill to stick alive.
this is often #7 in A Gloria Lamerino secret.
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