Mike Alvarez had discarded his suit about three hours previously and hung it on the coat stand by the door in his office. He had loosened his tie, and he still felt warm, even with the air-conditioning on full. Opposite him, Claudia Reyes was a little chilly, as this temperature for her was like home in the summer.
“So, what do we have?” asked Alvarez. On the conference call with Alvarez and Reyes were Susan del Piero in Burgos and agents Grady and Del Bosque in Leon.
“Well, sir,” replied Susan, “we have a seventy-five percent identification from James Adam here in the hospital in Burgos and a hundred percent positive ID from the bus driver of the airport bus and from the hotel here in town. The local police are getting contact information from the hotel based on this being a murder inquiry as regards Santiago de Compostela and an attempted murder inquiry in Burgos. The victim in Santiago was on the train when James Adam was attacked and went on to Valladolid and Leon, before arriving in Santiago de Compostela.”
“Thank you, Susan,“ said Alvarez. “Now Grady and Del Bosque up there in Leon, what do you have for us?”
“Grady here, sir. From a train perspective we’ve checked the bookings, the man in question was on all the trains that the victim was on, even from Leon to Santiago de Compostela.”
“Right, so what the hell was he doing? Following them? Waiting for an opportunity? Or waiting for his terrorist friends to show up somewhere?”
“We won’t know that for sure, unless we can capture him alive, which will be difficult,” replied Reyes.
“Damn right there,” replied Alvarez. “This guy is from Spetnatz, anyway. Del Bosque, what about hotels, where did he stay? Do we know?”
“Yes, we do, we know where he stayed in Pamplona, Burgos as Susan said, and Valladolid, but we haven’t found where he stayed in Leon yet, although we soon will. The trail goes cold as soon as he gets off the train in Santiago. No hotel in Santiago had a guest of that name staying there.”
“Thank you, all of you, good work. So, to sum up, we have Pat Walker in all the places we have listed out, we know he was there, we know he did it, but the question is, where did he stay, who did he become next, and where is he now? Let’s all go up to Santiago and see what we can find of the elusive Mr Walker.”