what does "in lieu of anything to the contrary from you "mean?
"Dasher to Dresser. I feel the danger has grown. We don't know whether this is an isolated thing, a plot, or a coup. If it's a coup, Washington is sure to be a part of it, and I want Lyric back in a secure setting." Raymond Street, he remembered, was a dead end, a kidnaper's dream. “We'd be primed for a snatch, and in lieu of anything to the contrary from you I'm taking Lyric back to Crown."