Day 91, Chapter 91
Pete Gordon was cleaning his gun in front of the TV, watching that video of him buying a phone at the mall.
Just an all-American boy, cleaning his gun while watching TV. The FBI is letting everyone know that Pete is a suspect in the recent parking garage murders and is considered “armed and very dangerous.” Have all the murders happened in parking garages? I honestly hadn’t noticed. Pete screws the suppressor “onto the barrel of his Beretta” and heads out to the garage, where his car is ready for his escape, his “go-bag” in the trunk, along with a case of water and “the emergency kits,” whatever those are.
He got into the car, buzzed up the garage door, and immediately heard the sound of props twirling overhead. He couldn’t see if the helicopter belonged to the Feds or if it was a news chopper, but either way its crew knew who he was and was coming for him.
He had to go to Plan B. And Plan B was a damned fine plan.
Pete buzzed down the garage door.
I included that last line to illustrate how the author couldn’t think of a word other than “buzzed” to describe the opening and closing of a garage door.
Pete goes through this elaborate activity of “rejiggering” the wiring on the doorbell and putting the “bell ringer” into a styrofoam cooler along with a blasting cap. (He keeps the blasting caps in the junk drawer in a box marked “paper clips.”) He puts the cooler out by the mailbox, then puts a similar box with a blasting cap in it out on the back porch. I have no idea what he’s doing. I’m thinking this is just a ruse to throw off the cops when they come to his door – blasting caps themselves aren’t explosive, they’re used to set off things like C-4 or TNT. The process described for this set-up is like two paragraphs long – unusually elaborate for JPatt, so I’m really thrown by the whole thing. He will most likely forget to go back to this activity and we’ll be left wondering for all of eternity.
Pete sees five or six black SUV’s park in front of his house, so he grabs his infant son, Stevie, aka: “Stink Bomb,” and heads back out to the car. Even though he seems to be planning on using the stink bomb as a hostage, he has the presence of mind to grab “a box of juice and a bag of Cheerios” on the way out.
That’s pretty much it – the chapter ends with Pete starting to flashback to “the day the only person he cared about in the world had been murdered” in Haditha, Iraq. Great set-up.
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