The Rhythm Section
Mark Burnell
Contributed by Elene Blackwelder
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Chapter 1

Keith Proctor, an investigative journalist, is relentless in his search for a mysterious call girl whose phone number is on a business card he rece...

Chapter 2

As Proctor shelters in a restaurant to avoid the rain, he waits for Lisa to get closer and calls out her name. He convinces her that they should go...

Chapter 3

Stephanie wakes up in Anne’s apartment. Anne had introduced her to Dean West, her pimp, when she was working as a prostitute. However, Steve, her...

Chapter 4

Stephanie fears West’s retaliation after she attacked Grant, one of his clients. Because West knows all of her acquaintances, she calls Proctor, ...

Chapter 5

Stephanie suffers through a bout of influenza, which was characterized by fever and vomiting. Proctor nurses her back to health and she recovers af...

Chapter 6

Stephanie is happy with the transformation that she has made over the two months whilst under the care of Proctor. Her health has greatly improved,...

Chapter 7

Proctor gets back to the house at around midnight and finds Stephanie cooking. As he tells her about Bradfield’s routine, he also enquires about ...

Chapter 8

After Stephanie flees from Proctor’s house, she is forced to sleep on the streets where she relapses again and starts drinking. After two nights ...

Chapter 9

The next morning, Stephanie moves to a different hotel where she makes copies of Proctor’s floppy disks. She intends on using the copies and hidi...

Chapter 10

After Stephanie confirms that Ismail Qadiq was the intermediary between the terrorist and Bradfield, she goes to Qadiq’s warehouse to orchestrate...

Chapter 11

When Stephanie comes to, she finds out that the effects of the drugs that she has been injected with are yet to wear off as her ability to balance ...

Chapter 12

After Stephanie’s recruitment by Magenta House, she is flown out of the country in order for her to start her training. When she arrives in Scotl...

Chapter 13

Stephanie and Boyd get back from their morning run along the beach to find a helicopter on the training grounds. Boyd talks to the pilot and gives ...

Chapter 14

Petra Reuter is in Brazil, where she is expected to negotiate an arms deal with Gustavo Marin, who potentially sold Khalil the bomb that brought do...

Chapter 15

Petra goes to see Marin at the hotel so that they can agree on a suitable price for the weapons that she has ordered. Once there, he is accompanied...

Chapter 16

Petra returns to London and goes to see a doctor who tends to her gunshot wound. Afterwards, she goes to the Magenta House offices to see Alexander...

Chapter 17

Petra goes through a dossier containing information on Marc Serra, ranging from his family’s background to his employee records. Just like Stepha...

Chapter 18

Petra goes to the Magenta House building to see Alexander. There, as she waits to get into his office, she sees Alexander’s secretary, Margaret, ...

Chapter 19

Petra travels to New York where she meets another Magenta House agent, Andrew Wilson, sent by Alexander to help her with the assassination mission....

Chapter 20

The toll — of being blamed for the deaths of Giler’s children — drives Petra into a spiral of depression. She goes to Boyd’s house in the m...

Chapter 21

Marina (Petra’s pseudonym) lies naked next to Frank as she contemplates their sexual encounter. Petra describes the strangeness of the sensation ...

Chapter 22

Despite Alexander’s fear that Serra has learnt of Petra’s true identity and gone into hiding, he returns after a month of absence. However, by ...

Chapter 23

Petra sneaks into the Alexandria Clothing Company in the middle of the night. She had previously lied to Frank, telling him that she was addressing...

Chapter 24

When Petra returns to London, she makes contact with Alexander who informs her that the Sons of Sabah are the terrorists that Khalil has chosen to ...

Chapter 25

As Petra cleans her apartment, Frank knocks on her door worried that there was an intruder in the apartment, since the door was left ajar. She lies...

Chapter 26

Dean West confronts Petra, Stephanie’s alias, for ruining his prostitution business after she assaulted one of his clients, something that conseq...

Chapter 27

After her outburst towards Frank, Petra tries to find him, desperate for his forgiveness. She later meets with Serra at a London hotel where he que...

Chapter 28

After her fateful fight with Serra, Petra goes to see Dr Brian Rutherford, who tends to her wounds, before she leaves to attend an impromptu meetin...

Chapter 29

About ninety minutes after Petra boards Flight BA283 to New York, the plane is hijacked by Reza Mohammed and his accomplices. However, she has devi...

Chapter 30

After finding out the rest of the flights that the Sons of Sabah intended on bombing, Petra maneuvers her way up to the cockpit, fighting off one o...

Chapter 31

Several months after the attack, Alexander sits in his office as he reminisces about the success of the SAS rescue mission. Despite having stopped ...

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