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Glitsky nodded. ” “Well, number one, get these tickets erased. I’m out trying to do my job and I have to stop and fill in this totally bogus form. That’s just wrong, Abe. So I thought maybe you could talk to somebody in traffic and just make it a rule that they can’t tag us like this. Tell ’em that pretty soon it’s going to cut into the time we need for our sensitivity training. ” “Good idea, Darrel. ” Glitsky scratched at his jawline. “Or, alternatively, of course, you can fill in 32 J O H N L E S C R OA RT the form.

Two minutes later, his eggs ordered, Bracco stirred his own coffee and looked across at his partner. ” “Her cheek didn’t look right. Even under the tears. She didn’t love him, I don’t think. You see how she talked about him? ‘He didn’t have any power. He just ran this coffee shop. ” “Of course. ” “She might not have known he had it with him. She didn’t see him leave home, you remember. ” A P L AG U E O F S E C R E TS 25 “If he’d known. ” Their waiter arrived with their plates and both inspectors dug in for a moment before Bracco took it up again.

The coffee shop, Bay Beans West. ” Banks pointed. “This is the back entrance he’s up against. Also, I was just showing Inspector Schiff, see on the side wall that hole in the stucco . ” “The bullet. But, hmm . ” Bracco moved over to look more closely. ” Schiff said. ” Bracco repeated. ” Then he went down into a squat. “Darrel,” Schiff began, a warning note in her voice. 18 J O H N L E S C R OA RT But he put out a hand. “I’m not moving him, Debra. ” He flipped the leather top open. ” Extracting the device from its holder, he stood back up and opened it.

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