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That’ll teach him to “ ’Course I am. ” He jerked his thumb towards a photograph frame on the desk. I leaned forward and turned it round. Standard studio shot of a woman groomed to within an inch of her life, two sulky-looking boys with their father’s features, and a girl who’d had the dental work but still looked disturbingly like a rabbit. ” I asked. His eyes drifted away from mine to a point elsewhere on the far wall. “Don’t be ridiculous,” he said abruptly. ” So now I knew he had, or had had, a mistress.

There were no airs and graces with Henry, but that didn’t mean he didn’t hide his thoughts and feelings behind his charming façade. That’s how I I straightened up. This sounded like the kind of start to a Monday morning that makes me wish I’d stayed in bed. ” “As soon as you can. We ah … we had a burglary in the night and a chap from the police is popping round for more details. ” All this barely pausing for breath, never mind giving me the opportunity to ask questions. I didn’t have to check the diary to know that I had nothing more pressing than routine inquiries into the whereabouts of a company chairman whose directors were rather eager to ask him some questions about the balance sheet.

I don’t think that’s a good idea. ” Just when you thought it was safe to pick up the phone … “I know how disturbing threats can be when you’re not accustomed to being on the receiving end,” I tried. “Perhaps we could meet on neutral ground. ” The reassuring tone hadn’t worked. “No,” Kerr said urgently. “Not in public. It’s got to look completely normal. Have you got a boyfriend, Ms. ” I should have put the phone down then and there, I realized four hours later as I tried to explain to Richard that a crumpled cream linen suit might be fine for going on the razz with Mick Hucknall, I ignored him and raked through his wardrobe, coming up with a fairly sober double-breasted Italian suit in dark navy.

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