By Peter Corris
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Did I need counselling? Any point in ringing Lawsie and complaining about a system that required private enquiry agents to wear kid gloves? I was sure I’d get a hearing. It went on like that for a couple of days. A long overdue cheque came in and eased the pain a bit. There was still a couple of grand outstanding. Some people seem to think that being de-licensed equals no need to pay. To fend off a wave of anger and self-pity, I rang Frank Parker, retired from the New South Wales Police with the rank of deputy commissioner.
I saw Arthur signal to a new arrival. I didn’t have him for much longer and I racked my brains to think if there was anything more to get from him. ‘I’m working on the theory that something Lily was currently working on led to her death,’ I said. ‘But you mentioned death threats in the past. Does anything strike you as a long-term possibility? ’ ‘I’d have to think about that. We stepped on quite a few toes, Lily and I. A few people went to jail and there was at least one suicide. ’ He took a glove from his pocket, pulled it on and flexed his fingers.
And Lily’s work station was on the glassed-in balcony attached to her bedroom. She liked to be able to jump out of bed and go straight to the keyboard when an idea struck her. I knew that when she’d had the house rebuilt after a fire had destroyed the previous one, she hadn’t wanted any doors between the bedroom and the balcony. A friend had talked about feng shui and I could remember Lily’s response. ‘Bullshit,’ she’d said. ’ I told Townsend about the layout. ’ Townsend said. ’ I shrugged. ‘It’s possible.
Appeal Denied: A Cliff Hardy Novel (Cliff Hardy series) by Peter Corris