In a medical clinic in Washington, D.C., two dubious doctors and their team are completing plastic surgery on a client who is altering his face. As the team finishes up, the patient begins to stir--and suddenly the operating room is an inferno.
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St. Martin's Press
December 01, 2003
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Excerpt from The Firefly by P. T. Deutermann
The pretty young secretary was staring at him openmouthed, so Swamp Morgan said it again. "Special Agents Morgan and White, United States Secret Service, to see Mr. Thompson."
"Um," she began, then stopped, apparently still at a loss for words. Swamp's face often had that effect.
"He is in, right?" Swamp asked, peering over her shoulder at the door of the corner office. A man could be heard inside talking on the phone. The polished brass sign on the door read C. FREER THOMPSON, DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF LABOR, PROCUREMENT POLICY. He rubbed his hands together and eyed the door as if anticipating smashing the thing in. He stopped when he saw the secretary getting truly alarmed.
"Yes, sir, he is," she said, "But he's on a teleconference call just now. I -- uh--."
"Why don't you just pass him a note that we're here. That should do it. Okay? Special Agents Morgan and White, United States Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security."
"And do you have an appointment, sir?" she asked, speaking to Gary White this time, trying to reassert her position as gatekeeper to a deputy assistant secretary while pretending that Swamp was a disagreeable figment of her imagination.
"Will a federal warrant do it for you?" Swamp asked quietly, raising his eyebrows meaningfully.
She blinked, then reached for a telephone message pad to write down their names. She got up, went to the big oak door, knocked once, looked back at them, and went in, shutting it behind her.
"Warrant?" White murmured. He was a new agent, mostly along for the ride this morning, to see how the legendary Swamp Morgan did a closing. He'd been assigned to another agent in the Special Investigations Unit, the man who had actually worked up the Thompson case, but that agent had come down with kidney stones, so the case and probationer White had been handed over to Morgan for the closure interview.