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"General, I saw Nichols take a knife in the gut. You know that there's no way a man can survive thatunless he gets immediate medical attention--- which wasn't forthcoming."You should have made sure he was dead," Price snapped."Tony, that's enough!" Richardson cut in. "I remember your afteraction report, Sergeant. But you mightwant to explain the details to Mr. Price here.""Yes, sir." Drake turned to Price. "Sir, our contact, Franco Grimaldi, was careless. He allowed PeterHowell to spot the trap. Howell took him down first, then came after Nichols and myself as we wereclosing in. Howell managed to get Nichols's gun and shoot Grimaldi. At that point, I had no choice but toretreat. My orders were to conduct this operation in a clandestine fashion. If something went wrong, Iwas to fall back and wait for a better opportunity.""Which never came," Price said sarcastically."The fortunes of war, sir," Drake replied tonelessly."Enough backbiting!" Richardson snapped. "Drake followed orders, Tony. That the operation went tohell in a handbasket was not his fault. The question is, who is passing himself off as Nichols?""Peter Howell, obviously," Price replied. "Clearly Nichols lasted long enough to give him the contactnumber."Richardson glanced at Drake. "Sergeant?"
"I agree that Nichols gave up the number, sir. And the rendezvous point, too. Otherwise your callerwould have asked you to identify safe point Alpha. But I don't think it was Howell.""Why?""Howell lives in this country, sir. Although he's retired, we've long suspected that he's still available forcertain operations, and it came out that he and Smith worked together during Hades. I think Howellwould go active if Smith asked him to, but he would do so only outside the country. That's why he, notSmith, was in Palermo. I think Smith made that call, General."Richardson nodded. "So do I.""Smith..." Price muttered. "It all comes back to him. First he's in Moscow, then Beria disappears. Nowhe's here. Frank, you've got to take care of him once and for all.""Yes," Richardson agreed. "Which is why I instructed him to go to safe point Alpha." He looked atDrake. "Where you'll be waiting."__________Wearing hightops, black pants and a turtleneck, and a dark nylon jacket, Jon Smith slipped out of hishouse and into his car. Driving out of Bethesda, he continually checked his mirrors. No vehicle fell inbehind hirn on the quiet suburban streets. No tail picked him up on the beltway.Smith crossed the Potomac and entered Fairfax County, Virginia. At this time of night traffic was light,and he drove quickly through the horse country around Vienna, Fairfax, and Falls Church. South ofAlexandria he found the river again and followed it almost to the border of Prince William County. Herethe affluent landscape gave way to stretches of waterfront bordered by thick forest. As he approachedthe county line, Smith saw safe point Alpha.

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