By Sue Grafton
A tough-talking former cop, deepest investigator Kinsey Millhone has organize a modest detective service provider in a quiet nook of Santa Teresa, California. A twice-divorced loner with few own possessions and less own attachments, she’s bought a smooth spot for underdogs and misplaced reasons. Eight years in the past, Nikki Fife was once convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and desires Kinsey’s aid to discover the true killer. If there is something that makes Kinsey consider alive, it is enjoying at the part. When her research turns up a moment corpse, extra suspects, and a brand new cause to kill, Kinsey discovers that the sting is closer—and sharper—than she imagined.
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Ruth tells me you have a few questions about Laurence Fife. " "I don't know yet. I'm looking into his death and this seemed like the logical place to start. " He gestured with one hand almost carelessly, but his expression had changed. I sat down and Scorsoni eased himself into an upright position. "I heard Nikki was out on parole," he said. " "Maybe not. " "Hey listen. Laurence was my best friend. " His gaze was direct and there was something bristly under the surface-grief, misdirected rage.
The plan has a further advantage in that you don't actually have to be there to shoot, bludgeon, hack up, or manually strangle your intended. Even where the motivation to kill is overpowering, it'd be pretty distasteful (one would think) to watch someone's eyes bug out and listen to his or her last burbling cries. Also, when done in person there's always that unsettling chance that the tables might be turned and you'd wind up on a slab in the morgue yourself. As methods go, this little oleander number was not half bad.
No fingerprints that could have placed Nikki Fife at the scene. " "Well, I don't know about that," he said. "You might. Believe it or not, I don't think you're a bad investigator. Young yet, and sometimes off the wall, but basically honest at any rate. " "Con, if Nikki Fife has something to hide, why would she open this whole thing up again? She couldn't be that kind of fool. " The phone rang two desks over and Lieutenant Becker held up a finger, looking over at Con. He gave me a fleeting smile as he moved away.