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Less than a year after taking Mulholland’s place as the director of the Department of Water and Power, Gabriel tries to reduce the chances of his rivals poaching Max.
“I’m not going to hurt you with it,” Gabriel said. “I want to make sure it doesn’t get into anyone else’s hands.” Max’s eyes held the strange mix of wariness and self-possession that had first fascinated Gabriel, so he continued, “It’s your file, and you can do what you like with it. If you want to keep it, you’re welcome to one of the Department’s safes. If you want to burn it, I brought a lighter. I’ll go wait by the elevator if you want some privacy to look through it.”
Max stared at him for a long moment. “Give me the lighter,” he said, finally.