The investigation gets a good throttling when Benjamin Rand, Leopold's maternal grandfather, gets wind of the kidnapping and takes charge with iron-fist tactics. He sets up Conrad to be arrested and out of the way while having Lucian and Latimer removed from the case. As Benjamin negotiates with James Devere for the return of his grandson, Conrad blackmails Benjamin for Lucian's and Latimer's reinstatements. As a forty million dollar exchange gets underway for Leopold's return, a creeping unease grows between Lucian and Latimer: this isn't a kidnapping - it's something far more personal. Written by
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These criminals are not like the criminals you're used to dealing with, sir. In these waters, there is an undertow that you can't possibly know from where you sit perched. This is not business. This is war.
You don't think business is a kind of war?
Of course, I do, but if you lose this negotiation, these people will set fire to you and everything you care about in this world. They don't think of you as rich and powerful, Mr. Rand. They just think of you as rich.