In the Rain Storm. The Agency had hired me to “retire” Belghazi, not to protect him. So if this didn’t go well, their next candi- date for a retirement package would probably be me. But the way I saw it, saving Belghazi from the guy I now thought of as Karate would be doing Uncle Sam a favor. After all, Karate could fail to make it look natu- ral, or get caught, or do some other sloppy thing, and then there would be misunderstandings, and suspicions, and accusations—exactly the kinds of problems the Agency had hired me to avoid. Of course, there was also the matter of my getting paid. If Karate got to Belghazi first and I couldn’t claim credit, I might be out of a check, and that wouldn’t be very fair, would it? I thought of this guy as Karate because my suspicions about him had first jelled when I saw him doing karate kata, or forms, in the gym of the Macau Mandarin Ori- ental Hotel, where we were both staying and where Bel- ghazi was soon to arrive.Avoiding the facility’s tangle of Lifecycles and Cybex machines, he had focused instead on a series of punches, blocks, and kicks to the air that, to the uninitiated, might have looked like some kind of martial dance routine.