1. Pete stared up at the mansion. It stared back, and he felt something pulling at him--something very powerful.
2. He almost jumped out of his shoes. It was that voice again, the same one he'd heard on the phone that morning, and it was a clear as if the woman had put her lips to his ear.
3. As Pete dropped the money into Sylvan Karp's outstretched hand, loud gunshots burst from inside the row of new growth trees and everyone, even the protesters, fell silent.
4. They were too late.