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“Ah, industrial-grade diamonds.” He turned to Elliot. “I enjoy a frank conversation. Diamonds, fascinating.” His manner suggested that he had been told nothing of importance. Ross said, “You’ve got to take us in, Munro.” “World’s full of industrial-grade diamonds,” Munro said. “You can find them in Africa, India, Russia, Brazil, Canada, even in America—Arkansas, New York, Kentucky— everywhere you look. But you’re going to the Congo.” The obvious question hung in the air. “We are looking for Type Jib boron-coated blue diamonds,” Karen Ross said, “which have semi conducting properties important to microelectronics applications.” Munro stroked his mustache. “Blue diamonds,” he said, nodding. “It makes sense.” Ross said that of course it made sense. “You can’t dope them?” Munro asked. “No. It’s been tried. There was a commercial boron-doping process, but it was too unreliable. The Americans had one and so did the Japanese. Everyone gave it up as hopeless
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80 “So you’ve got to find a natural source.” “That’s right. I want to get there as soon as possible,” Ross said, staring at him, her voice flat. “I’m sure you do,” Munro said. “Nothing but business for our Dr. Ross, eh?” He crossed the room and, leaning against one of the arches, looked out on the dark Tangier night. “I’m not surprised at all,” he said. “As a matter of—” At the first blast of machine-gun fire, Munro dived for cover, the glassware on the table splattered, one of the girls screamed, and Elliot and Ross threw themselves to the marble floor as the bullets whined around them, chipping the plaster overhead, raining plaster dust down upon them. The blast lasted thirty seconds or so, and it was followed by complete silence. When it was over, they got up hesitantly, staring at one another. “The consortium plays for keeps.” Munro grinned. “Just my sort of people.” Ross brushed plaster dust off her clothes. She turned to Munro. “Five point two against the first two hundred, no deductions, in Swiss francs, adjusted.” “Five point seven, and you have me.” “Five point seven. Done.” Munro shook hands with them, then announced that he would need a few minutes to pack his things before leaving for Nairobi. “Just like that?” Ross asked. She seemed suddenly concerned, glancing again at her watch. “What’s your problem?” Munro asked. “Czech AK-47s,” she said. “In your warehouse.” Munro showed no surprise. “Better get them out,” he said. “The consortium undoubtedly has something similar in the works, and we’ve got a lot to do in the next few hours.” As he spoke, they heard the police Kiaxons approaching from a distance. Munro said, “We’ll take the back stair.” An hour later, they were airborne, heading toward Nairobi.
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