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July 23, 2014
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A summer mystery: Part I: The setup


Brown pulled on his ice coffee. Emptying it.

“Got it,” he said into the radio and to his partner, “Better step on it. But please, no siren. My head kills.”

Eddie was sitting on one of the chairs in the lobby with both hands wrapped around a bottle of water. He was white and shivering.

“Detective Brown,” Brown said and extended his hand. Eddie shook it and Brown sat down in the chair opposite him.

“Tough night?” Brown said.

“You could say that,” Eddie answered.

“Let’s take a walk around the block,” Brown said.

The doorman actually had an incredible memory and Brown was impressed. After talking to him for a half an hour and consulting with the visitors log, he read his findings back. By now, the lobby had been cleared out, any onlookers held back with police tape.

“So that’s four cleaning ladies, seven food deliveries, one mailman, a dog walker, six visitors, one other doormen and 11 residents.”

“Sounds about right,” said Eddie. “Thirty-one people.”

“You make 32,” said Brown as he smiled.

It was an off putting smile and suddenly Eddie wasn’t sure if he was saying that he was a suspect. The service elevator opened and a body under a sheet was whisked away. Eddie looked on with horror.

“Thanks so much for your help,” said Brown. “We’ll be in touch.”

Then to no one in particular, “Somebody get me an ice coffee and some Advil.”

He sighed. It was going to be a long night.

To be continued...