The Controller by David Morrell

by Barb Goffman


From the anthology The Rich and the Dead (Grand Central Publishing, 2011)

Cavanaugh and his wife are protective agents. Don’t call them bodyguards, because a bodyguard does what he’s told and simply guards. A protective agent is full-on security who tells the guarded person what he can and can’t do to avoid danger. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work, until this extremely rich guy, Dent, hires Cavanaugh after several attempts are made on Dent’s life, but Dent guy doesn’t like to be controlled and keeps putting himself in danger. Things progress as you’d expect  until you hit the twist in the story.