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And even more important, she had the chance to 3 hone her skills with the nation’s most formidable attorneys. 4 Kate passed through the revolving doors and into an enormous 5 lobby. Tossing off greetings to the security guards, she slipped her 6 card key through an electronic scanner. Then she moved toward 7 the elevator, high heels clicking on the marble floor. 8 Four days into the new year, the lobby was already stripped of 9 holiday decoration. The scarlet poinsettias, with their incongruous 10 shock of color, had been whisked away.

Perfect. ” 18 The smile seemed familiar. Then Kate realized where she’d seen 19 it before. On a sphinx at the Metropolitan Museum. The so-called 20 archaic smile, mysterious and ever watchful. Again, Kate studied 21 Madeleine’s face. She really is lovely, Kate thought. Up close, she’d 22 expected to discern flaws, a harshness of expression or tone. What 23 she saw instead was an utterly harmonious play of feature: a tumble 24 of dark hair tamed by a velvet band, high cheekbones, clear skin, 25 wide-set eyes that seemed to match the vivid green of her dress.

He recog-13 nized the voice of Carmen Rodriguez, Madeleine’s secretary. So far 14 so good. 15 “I’m calling from Chuck Thorpe’s office. Mr. Thorpe has had a 16 slight change of schedule. He’d appreciate it if Ms. Waters could 17 meet him an hour earlier than planned. ” 18 Good. Take control. Remind her that you’re the client. You set the 19 terms. 20 “Just one moment. Let me check with Ms. ” He heard 21 the click of the hold button. And then the interminable wait. 22 Say yes, say yes, say yes.

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