By John B. Robinson
Fast-talking gem professional Lonny Cushman encounters the damaging and malevolent global of the African gem as he accompanies a tender woman seminarian from ny to Rwanda looking for her lacking father. after they achieve Africa, Lonny chases a set of perfect eco-friendly diamonds in the course of the killing fields of the Congo. Their survival depends on negotiating the bloody community of the conflict-ridden African diamond exchange, together with Islamic jihadists, corrupt army officials, Israeli brokers, Ukrainian hands buyers, and an entire host of con males. Can Lonny retailer himself and the younger seminarian from a sad loss of life?
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Demanded Cal Cushman, eight time zones away. ” Lonny completed the routine. ” “Green is a difficult color,” cautioned his father. ” Here we go, thought Lonny. A matching suite of natural green diamonds was the statistical equivalent of squeezing a camel through the eye of a needle, and if anybody was going to authenticate the set, Cal wanted to be the one to do it. Cal not only considered himself the finest colored-diamond dealer in the world, but also the foremost authority on their various sources.
That’s helpful,” said Lonny, turning the doubling die again so they were playing for twenty dollars apiece. m. Ibrahim owed Lonny two thousand dollars. ” “It seems there is a lot you don’t know about Americans. ” Ibrahim took out a massive roll of one-hundred-dollar bills and laid twenty on the table. ” They both laughed. Their gambling was interrupted by the spectacular appearance of Ms. Carpenter. She hadn’t changed her clothes or taken a shower in the past four hours. A streak of dried blood ran from her forehead to her chin.
I want you to see something,” said Ibrahim. He poured a film canister of rough diamonds onto a white sheet of paper. To the untrained eye they would have looked like large crystals of salt, serrated and opaque. Except for one that was off-color. ” Ibrahim handed him a cheap plastic flashlight with a weak incandescent bulb. Lonny rolled the abraded pebble on the palm of his hand. The radiation that gave the stone its color had burned its “skin” a millimeter or two in depth. A Fistful of Diamonds 57 Lonny’s pulse raced as he put it on top of the flashlight.