First response. Stephen Leather. 2016.

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‘I think you might be in the wrong place,’ she said, pointing at the door. ‘This is a nursery school.’

’I am sorry,’ he said again, but louder this time. He took two steps towards her and grabbed her hand. She yelped. Before she could say anything he had clamped something metallic around her wrist.

She stared at it in horror, trying to comprehend why he had handcuffed himself to her. He stepped back and several feet of chain rattled from the pocket of his coat. He undid the buttons with shaking hands and Sally’s eyes widened with fear as she saw what lay beneath it.

’Allahu Akbar,’ he mumbled. He closed his eyes, his lower lip trembling.

’Do exactly as I say, or everyone will die.’