‘Which was convenient,’ said Shepherd.

Button raised one eyebrow. ‘Meaning what?’

Shepherd shrugged. ‘Just that it keeps things neat and tidy. With him being a British citizen it would have been a bit harder to send him off to Pakistan.’

‘Indeed it would have been,’ said Button coldly.

‘So picking a fight with armed cops was convenient, that’s all I’m saying.’ He tilted his head to one side. ‘Was it CO19? Or did the SAS go in?’

‘The latter,’ said Button. ‘But I’d really be happier not discussing operational matters here.’

‘I can quite understand that,’ said Shepherd. He patted Chaudhry on the back. ‘What about you, Raj? Not thinking of going into the restaurant business with Harvey?’

Chaudhry smiled and shook his head. ‘I’m going to be a doctor. And I’m going to be Dr Manraj Chaudhry. I’m proud of what I’ve done and I don’t want to hide.’

‘You should think about working for us,’ said Button. ‘You could do very well in MI5.’

‘Miss Button, that’s not going to happen,’ he said. ‘Not in a million years. I’ve done my bit. I’ll leave the job of fighting terrorists up to you.’

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