By Conn Iggulden
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We’ll get them where we can control things. He’s a man who employs a thug and breaks fingers. ’ I asked him, suddenly. He was. ‘That’s more like it, Davey boy. ’ The front door clicked open and I jumped to my feet in fear. My brother didn’t move and when he saw who was standing there he just smiled, his eyes half hooded with interest. ‘Hello, Carol love,’ he said. ’ I saw her flicker a gaze to me and then back to him, wondering what we had been discussing. She looked rested and she’d had her hair cut.
The thought of his house changed the direction of my spinning thoughts. ’ I demanded. ‘I remember her. ’ Michael shook his head, as if saddened by all the world’s troubles. ‘She’s left him, Davey. It hasn’t been good for a while, and I think your wife was the last straw. He’s a free man, Davey. ’ ‘You’re insane,’ I told him. ’ ‘Where do you think she is at the moment, Davey? ’ Michael demanded. ‘This isn’t like the local vicar’s wife, is it? I wouldn’t like to imagine what she’s getting up to, would you?
I wanted them out of my life, and somewhere during the second beating in my kitchen I had stopped caring how it happened. Perhaps it was when my first finger was bent far enough to snap. Shame leads to rage in men, did you know that? If you want to see a white-hot tantrum, try humiliating a man, especially in public. Try making one afraid and then laughing about it. I was too cold to take pleasure in the conversation with my brother, but I could see that he did. Even without his coat he seemed too full of interest to feel the wind off the sea.
Blackwater by Conn Iggulden