1. What is important about the newspaper articles in the prologue of this novel?
These articles introduce Carlos, a ruthless assassin who has been wanted by many police agencies around the world for almost twenty years. These articles give background information about Carlos and underscore his importance to the plot that will begin to unfold in the following chapter.
2. What does the doctor discover that is significant in his unconscious patient?
The doctor discovers that his unconscious patient has had extensive plastic surgery, not to repair a deformity, but to change his appearance. The doctor also discovers the patient wore contact lenses to change the color of his eyes. Finally, the doctor finds film embedded in the patients arm that reveals the number of a Swiss bank account. All of this seems to suggest the patient is not an ordinary fisherman who simply fell off his boat.
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