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By Patricia Cornwell

Deputy leader Virginia West likes and respects her boss, Hammer, yet with a growing number of traveling businessmen being murdered in her urban by way of a maniac with a penchant for portray his sufferers brilliant orange, she reveals it difficult to just accept Hammer's edict rookie reporter may still journey on patrol together with her to raised family members with their electorate. Her worst fears are proven whilst the reporter, Brazil, presses the button to turn on the boot-release instead of the siren on their first day trip. he is not the one blight on her lifestyles instantly: her cat's angsty, her hormones are misbehaving, her contrary quantity within the uniformed department is behaving like a jackass, the radio despatcher is decided to journey her up, the D.A. is in the midst of a scorching conflict with the trial time table. And orange colored corpses continue turning up on her patch.

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9 Chad Tilly may have used one other undertaker at precisely that second. He had brilliantly outmaneuvered the evade Dart with its kamikaze previous guy rocking to kingdom western. That around the funeral director had received with out attempt, however it had additionally been Tilly’s event that once he used to be comfortable and never having a look, he often received his butt kicked. Tilly used to be creeping alongside back while he determined to mild a cigar and mess around with the radio while. Tilly didn't become aware of the blond child in uniform and no gun, all of sudden halting the procession as, of all issues, a Fourth of July–looking drift seemed at the horizon, working the lead limo off the line. This was once striking. candy Jesus, this couldn't be so. Tilly slammed on brakes on the similar second his assistant’s lack of ability to totally close the hearse’s tailgate grew to become recognized. The copper-tinted casket with deep satin lining slammed a method and ricocheted out the opposite like a light-weight alloy bullet. The casket and its occupant skittered over pavement and saved going, for as good fortune could have it, the procession used to be momentarily on a moderate hill. Brazil had now not been proficient to deal with this type of state of affairs and was once on his radio in a flash as but a moment flow glided into view. This used to be lousy. It used to be his intersection. He will be blamed. His armpits have been soaked and his middle used to be uncontrolled as he attempted to comprise the catastrophe of the area. males in darkish fits with plenty of jewelry and gold crowns on their tooth have been flying out of stretch limousines and chasing a runaway gaudy electroplated casket down the side road. Oh God. No. Brazil blew his whistle and stopped all site visitors, together with floats. He raced after the casket because it persevered its lonely trip. humans stared on the cop chasing it. They cheered. “I’ll get it,” Brazil known as out to males in matches, as he sprinted. The foot pursuit was once short, order restored, and a dapper guy who pointed out himself as Mr. Tilly officially thanked Brazil for all to listen to. “Is there the rest i will do to assist? ” spoke back Brazil, the community-oriented cop. “Yeah,” the funeral domestic director boomed. “Get them mother-fucking floats outa my approach. ” Floats have been pulled over to make room, and none moved an inch for an hour. now not one spectator went domestic, and others got here as notice traveled round. This used to be the simplest Freedom Day within the historical past of Charlotte. Goode, head of patrol, didn't proportion really a similar enthusiasm, given that site visitors keep an eye on used to be her accountability and a runaway casket used to be no longer anything she desired to pay attention approximately at the night information. It used to be an issue she meant to solve in individual, yet now not till it used to be darkish out. Then she packed up her slender, smooth leather-based satchel and headed to the parking deck, the place town paid nineteen cash a month for her reserved automobile parking space. She most well-liked riding her own vehicle backward and forward to paintings and received within her black Miata. Goode opened her satchel, dug for Obsession, and strategically sprayed. She dry-brushed her the teeth. She labored on her hair a piece, and threw the automobile in opposite, loving the engine throbbing underneath her.

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