By Andrew Vachss
TO:UNIT three Chicago
TARGET: Shadowy hunter-killer groups, ID'ed through signature kills all over the world. Identifiable simply by means of skull-spine elimination from sufferers. No witnesses, no forensics, no specific race unique. On infrequent events, scraps of what seem to be cards chanced on at homicide sites.
OBJECTIVE: find and seize any member of such groups. needs to be taken alive for examine and observation.
AUTHORIZATION licensed to be used of out of doors CONTRACTOR: person ID'ed simply as "Cross" and his group. A natural mercenary outfit, renowned all through felony underworld--no within informants to be had. Ruthless, undeterred by means of danger, rumored by no means to fail, yet not at all to be relied on. No identified political or social goal, yet has confirmed treacherous whilst retained through executive within the past.
UPDATE: move and his group declare to have pointed out a development to the signature-kills, and think they could are expecting a coming near near strike. they're ready to in my opinion confront-and-capture, yet monetary association on my own no longer adequate. What you describe as a "Get Out of reformatory Free" card is hereby authorized
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