Betrayal: A Novel by Danielle Steel

Betrayal: A Novel by Danielle Steel

Author:Danielle Steel [Steel, Danielle]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 978-0-345-53234-3
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: 2012-03-26T16:00:00+00:00

Their next meeting was with Hunter Lloyd the following week. Jim wanted to interview him. Hunt hadn’t been able to see them till then, he was too busy. His secretary said he was meeting with investors. Hunt looked concerned when Jim and Jack walked in. He thought they looked the way FBI men did in movies. They were perfect for the part, and just what he would have expected. He said so to them, and Jim laughed.

“Maybe we should audition for a movie,” Jim said with a broad smile, but he was taking the measure of the man as he observed Hunt. He already didn’t like him from what he knew about him. “Looking for new investors?” he asked Hunt casually, and he nodded.

“Yes, we’ve just had a problem with a deal that fell apart for our next picture,” Hunt said, looking distressed.

“And why is that?” Jim asked innocently. There were days when he loved being FBI and could ask any question he wanted, no matter how uncomfortable it made the subject. He could see Hunt didn’t like the question.

“Some of the elements fell out of bed on our next movie. We lost our director.”

“And who was that?”

“Tallie Jones,” Hunt said through pursed lips and then relaxed. “Maybe you knew that already?” Jim shook his head.

“You’re making a film with her right now, aren’t you?” Jim asked with interest.

“Yes, I am. But there have been some changes in our circumstances,” he said, and Jim raised an eyebrow. He was all ears and curious about how Hunt would explain it. “We were living together. I just moved out. You know how women are about those things. They get vengeful.” He tried to brush it off, and Jim nodded as though he understood completely. Jack had said nothing so far. He was watching the exchange and Hunt’s expression. He didn’t know the history as well as Jim did, but he knew enough to let Jim take the lead. Interrogation had always been Jim’s strong suit.

“How long were you together?” Jim asked him, pretending not to know. He was convincing.

“Four years.”

“That’s a long time. Sorry it didn’t work out.”

“So am I,” Hunt said, looking uncomfortable. “It’s complicated. We’re both busy, travel a lot. Sometimes it’s hard to keep things on track and heading in the right direction.” Jim nodded sympathetically and wanted to add “especially if you cheat and sleep with her best friend,” but didn’t.

“Understandable,” Jim said vaguely. “During the time you lived with her, did you ever get the feeling that anyone was taking advantage of her and stealing from her?”

“Not really,” Hunt said with a thoughtful look.

“Is she careless with money? Lose track of what she spends?”

“No, she’s not careless. But she’s busy, and she trusts other people to handle those things for her, and maybe she shouldn’t.”

“Like whom?”

“Her accountant, her assistant. Tallie gets so busy with her work that she forgets everything else. She likes having other people handle the details in her life, and she assumes they’re honest and will do it correctly.


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