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A fortified compound in a city north of Basra. ’ Oh my God, she proposal. the item that occurred – he acknowledged as soon as it was once to do with Iraq. Is he establishing the lid on that field? ‘Did you could have a few type of run-in with him in the market? ’ Jim acknowledged not anything for a couple of seconds. ‘I was once attempting to provide you with a warning, Iona. That message in your answerphone I left – approximately how he’ll use you. ’ The drunken rant, she idea. Or used to be it? The glance at the face of Simon Armitage – the protection man on the conference centre – got here again to her. while she stated she labored lower than Wallace. The measured approach he requested her how she came upon him. ‘Warn me approximately what? ’ His eyes crept as much as meet her face. ‘I didn’t have any significant matters with the fellow due to purposes. One was once my color. ’ Iona felt the couch tilt back. ‘He’s racist, you’re announcing. ’ Jim’s smile was once grim. ‘Out there, an individual who wasn’t white received handled otherwise by means of him. With squaddies, it was once sophisticated. Who bought the shit jobs, who acquired the soft ones. Iraqis? They . . . to him they weren’t even humans. only a possibility – to not be depended on. Iona, he’s a bad piece of labor. I’m sorry if the best way I went approximately attempting to inform you—’ ‘He desires me to take a look at a mosque. One over in Bury. It’s been associated with yes extremists. ’ ‘Extremists? ’ A observe of alarm had entered Jim’s voice. ‘What do you suggest, try it out? ’ ‘Visit it. That was once the implication. Jim, I’ve by no means set foot in a mosque in my existence. you know the way ma and pa raised me and Fenella. ’ ‘He desires to ship you right into a mosque dressed up like a Muslim girl? ’ ‘I’d must be to get in. lengthy sleeves, ankles lined. whatever masking my head, no less than. ’ ‘What approximately back-up? ’ ‘He didn’t point out any. Everyone’s so busy with the convention approximately to begin. None of this used to be a proper request – it used to be extra approximately me shedding in at a prayer consultation and looking out round. ’ Jim used to be gripping his glass so tightly, she used to be afraid it may shatter. The final of his wine used to be gulped down. ‘There isn't any manner – no bloody manner – an officer with out education and no specified briefing will be despatched right into a state of affairs like that. He’s checking out you, Iona. Seeing how a ways you’re ready to head. ’ ‘I don’t get you. ’ ‘You’re new to his staff, correct? He’s seeing if he can belief you. the actual fact – and i'm so sorry to claim this Iona, i actually am – the very fact you’re half Pakistani might be an issue for him. He’ll have doubts approximately the place your loyalties lie, i do know it. So he’s seeing what you’ll do to maintain him candy, to be a part of his staff . . . ’ His phrases trailed away and Iona bought the impact he used to be now not speaking approximately her state of affairs; he was once remembering whatever that had concerned him. He shook his head. ‘Bastard. the man is a whole bastard. ’ He jumped up. ‘More wine? I’ll get a bottle. ’ He crossed into the kitchen with out watching for a answer. Iona saved very nonetheless. This used to be making her are looking to be in poor health. combating to regulate the waves of queasiness, a proposal hit domestic: whereas they have been discussing Wallace, there has been nonetheless an opportunity of having to the reality in regards to the incident in Iraq.