[Excerpted from the book Speaking of Murder, © Les Roberts. All rights reserved.]
K.O. had never been inside a luxury hotel like the Renaissance. He’d overnighted at motels, and in Iraq and Afghanistan, his week-long army leaves to Cairo and the United Arab Republic had been spent in third-rate hotels catering to the U.S. enlisted military. So when he and Milan climbed the sweeping staircase into the main lobby, he was struck by the lavish decorations, the ornamental drapes, and the beautiful fountain at the front of the lobby, carved by a master sculptor from flawless white marble from the same quarry in Italy that Michelangelo used to sculpt the statue of David.