By Charles Williams
It all started As a housebreaking – And Ended As a Nightmare.
When Lee Scarborough came across the brunette sunbathing topless in her again backyard, becoming concerned in a heist was once the very last thing on his mind. yet one way or the other that’s the place he stumbled on himself – sneaking via a stranger’s condo, at the hunt for $120,000 in embezzled financial institution cash.
It appeared like a simple score. yet something stood among him and the money: the attractive and lethal Madelon Butler.
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I tested him, and he flunked. It was only months later that I found out the real story. Seems he’d picked the girl up in a bar, and she’d invited him back to her apartment. ” Darren nodded. “Right at the last minute, she gets cold feet. But he figures she’s only being cute, playing hard to get. And he’s not about to stop by that time, anyway. So he goes through with it. Was it really a rape? Who knows? She must have thought so, ’cause right after he leaves, she calls the police. When they bring him in for questioning, he denies know ing the girl or having been in her apartment, everything.
Now a little black box with a bunch of wires attached to it was going to tell them, for once and for all. Which made it only natural to wonder just which answer the box was going to spit out. Jaywalker had begun by assuming Darren’s guilt. Three years of lawyering, and two before that with the DEA, had taught him to doubt everyone he encountered, whether it was on the street, across a desk or through the bars of a jail cell. They were all innocent, every last one of them. The junkie with heroin in his pocket had mistakenly put on his roommate’s pants.
They didn’t look to others to take care of them; they took care of themselves, and of each other. Now something terrible had happened to one of their number. Some outside force, not fully com prehensible in its awfulness and randomness, had suddenly reared up and threatened to destroy everything. Their re action was as simple as it was immediate. Even as they’d reached out to Jaywalker for outside help, they’d drawn together even more tightly. They’d mustered their collec tive strengths, pooled their resources and drawn on their faith.
A Touch of Death (Hard Case Crime, Book 17) by Charles Williams