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clock. There’s one of those big, old-fashioned six-volt batteries.” “How much time left?” Michael looked. His panic returned. The clock read 3:11. “Two minutes,” Michael said, and as he watched, the numbers changed to 3:12. “Oh, Christ,” Michael said. “One minute.” “The dynamite has fuses, yeah? That go down from the caps to the clock?” “Yes.” “Then what?” “Little copper alligator clips.” Michael was working from memory. He dragged himself across the ashes like a beached merman, his legs still not free from the duct tape. His instincts screamed to get farther away from the bomb, not closer. He held his glowing cell phone over the clock long enough to get a look. “Except they’re kind of bulbous and have wiry things at the end—” “Model rocket igniters. This is straight out of the Anarchist’s Cookbook. Pull the fuses out of the dynamite.” “I can’t. It’s booby-trapped.” “How do you know?” “The guy who set it told me.” “He’s lying.” “What?” “Why would he have told you that if it were true? He doesn’t care if you set the fucking
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