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The Khmer Kill by Barry Eisler
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Jun 05, 12

Read in June, 2012

Dox had entered Phnom Penh a few days before the meeting. He'd played the tourist bit, visiting museums, all tourist spots, photos, all to establish an identity of anonymity.

When he met his contact, vounched for by someone he trusted, he was surprised to learn the man would be on site when he made the kill. Sorm was a man into a lot of sleazy things, prominent the trafficking of young girls. Gant wanted him taken out and would be dining with him when the hit happened. That was how he would know the target. He got his equipment, the shot would be about five hundred yards, and set up.

When the time came, Dox was even more confused. He'd spotted the man dining with Gant during those few days he was early and knew he wasn't Sorm. The plan had been to call Gant just before the shot so he could step away from the table to take the "business" call.

So that's what he did.

When he demanded to know who the man really was and Gant was evasive, he knew something was wrong. The hit was off and as he returned to his ride, his ever cautious nature made him take a roundabout route and he spotted the three young men hidden in the trees, his night scope spotting the knives they all carried. Three shots ended that threat and he just had to deal with Gant.

Dox is not a man to be lied to. he's an assassin, but he still has his scruples. You don't screw with him.
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