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Death on Hanover by Lee Strauss

Death on Hanover by Lee Strauss

Author:Lee Strauss [Strauss, Lee]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781774090596
Publisher: La Plume Press
Published: 2019-12-09T16:00:00+00:00


14

Haley immediately sensed that something had happened. She held the car keys in her hand, waited until they were both seated with the doors closed, and stared Samantha in the eye. “What’s wrong?”

Samantha swallowed, her eyes relaying a fragility Haley hadn’t seen in her friend before.

“Seth’s back.”

“What?”

“He’s not dead.” Samantha’s gaze veered blankly out of the car window. “He’s very, very alive.”

“Good golly.” This news had so many implications. “Where was he all this time?”

“I don’t know. We haven’t had a chance to get into it. We’ve already had a big fight.”

“About what?” It was an impertinent question, but it rolled out before Haley could stop it.

“Johnny.”

“Johnny? How absurd.”

“I fell apart at the office and Johnny . . . uh . . . well . . . he drove me home.”

Those hesitations spoke louder than words, but Haley had to be careful not to cross a line. She was already dangerously close to traipsing into areas that weren’t any of her business.

Samantha continued, “Seth saw me get out of Johnny’s roadster.” She blinked back tears. “It’s just all so crazy. I thought he was dead. It’s like a ghost came back to life. Oh, Haley, I don’t know what’s going to happen now. I don’t know my place anymore.”

“Your place is right here with me,” Haley said. “At least for today.” She started the ignition, then glanced at Samantha with an admonishing grin. “Let’s solve this case, shall we?”

Haley headed for State Street then east toward the harbor.

“What’s at the docks?” Samantha asked. “Did you find something?”

“I’m not sure. I need a second opinion.” Haley glanced at her passenger, satisfied to see a pleased look at her suggestion that Samantha was needed. She brought Samantha up to date with her meeting with Will Delaney and the trace of fig in the clay.

“Fig? How peculiar,” Samantha said. “But going to see Mr. Delaney alone? Next time, you must take me with you.”

Haley was delighted with Samantha’s use of the words “next time”. Hopefully, with the sudden addition of Seth Rosenbaum to the equation, some things wouldn’t change too dearly.

“What about you?” Haley asked as she searched for a place to park. “Learn anything interesting from Officer Bell.”

“You know, I don’t know. I hate to say this, but I think he might be a dirty cop.”

Haley had just pulled into a space behind a grocery delivery truck. She turned her head sharply. “Why do you say that?”

“He was very evasive when I tried to talk to him.”

“That’s just a cop thing.”

“But he’s usually quite open with me about his work. We have an—understanding.”

“Still, there could be a lot of reasons why he was stingy with information this time. Though Detective Cluney suspects he has at least one crooked officer on the force, which is how he explains the loss of evidence, his inability to clamp down on these fight clubs, and his failure to solve the Keating brothers murders.”

“Drat,” Samantha said with a huff. “I was hoping I was mistaken.”

“It doesn’t mean that Officer Bell is the guilty party.



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