In one of Siberia’s formerly closed cities, Alexandra Pavlova, an unemployed microbiologist, struggles to save her daughter’s life. When she turns to Vladimir, her oldest friend, for help, she’s drawn into Russia’s underworld. His business dealings with the Iranians come to the attention of Sergei Borisov, an FSB (formerly the KGB) agent. Alexandra finds herself joining forces with Sergei to stop the export of a deadly virus in a race to save both her daughter and the world.
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Sergei rounded a corner and spotted the man farther up the street. For the next half hour, his rabbit backtracked and crossed streets. Sergei let the distance between them increase. He knew now the man headed toward the warehouse district. Tall, grimy concrete buildings gave way to shorter, wooden ones. Behind awkwardly leaning fences, the structures’ dull, metal roofs blended with the gray sky.
After the man turned one corner, Sergei pulled a radio out of his pocket and reported his location to Yevgeny, his commander. When he, too, turned the corner, he stopped for just a second. The man had vanished, but a single set of footprints in the snow marked his trail along a deserted side street. Sergei couldn’t resist the smirk. Some criminal mastermind. Even Yevgeny, the latest idiot to be promoted over him, would’ve been able to track this one.
Sergei approached the entrance at an angle and checked the lock. The latch responded to his tug, but he feared the rusted hinges might warn those inside if he opened the door too far. He cracked it and heard snatches of some foreign language drift out with the musty air. Slowly, he stepped back from the door. Once a safe distance away, he radioed the order, hoping Yevgeny would be smart enough to keep the sirens silent.
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