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By J.A. Jance

A surprising photograph screamed from front pages of the tabloids—the final moments of a lifestyles captured for all of the global to work out. The glance of sheer terror perpetually frozen at the face of the doomed girl indicated that her deadly fall from an top tale of an unfinished Seattle skyscraper used to be no determined suicide—and that glance will perpetually hang-out murder Detective J.P. Beaumont. yet his hunt for solutions and justice is resulting in extra loss of life, and to darkish and negative secrets and techniques scrupulously guarded via males of metal at the back of the locked doorways of a strong union that extracts its dues funds in blood.

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Part of the retrieval scene included a special-effects sequence in which the sharp end of the hook is pulled free from the make-believe skin of the make-believe corpse. I took Cassie aside and attempted to explain that real human skin is amazingly tough, that body hooks catch on clothing, not on skin, but unrealistic or not, Goldfarb liked that ugly scene. He climbed down from the boom and crawled around on all fours to lovingly direct the cameras in capturing the sharp end of the hook as it came loose from the all too lifelike plastic skin.

Using the back of Manny's notebook as a writing surface, he scrawled his name. He was just giving the autographed sheet of paper back to Manny when Paul Kramer showed up. Manny Davis has been around the department for years. The last time I had worked with him had been several years earlier on a bum-bashing case. Paul Kramer was the new kid on the block, and I use the word kid advisedly. He was thirty years old and had just moved up to homicide from robbery. His rise to detective had been meteoric, but word was out around the squad that working with Kramer was a royal pain in the ass.

And glad to be there. The red light on my answering machine showed there had been a number of messages while I was out, but it was after one in the morning, far too late to return any calls, so I didn't even bother to play them back. Instead, I poured myself a nightcap and settled into my recliner. I was as bad as Derrick Parker. My mind was restless. No matter what, it kept coming back to the dead man in the water. The fact that he was none of my business didn't make any difference. It's not your case, Beaumont, I tried telling myself.

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