By Raymond Macherot

3rd publication within the Clifton sequence, translated from Dutch to English

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She considered. "Neither one. " "No. He said this would be my one chance and my husband's one chance, but he wasn't bullying. " "His grammar? " She flared. "I wasn't thinking of grammar! " "Few people do. I'll rephrase it: Is he an educated man? " She considered again. "I said he wasn't rough. He wasn't vulgar. " She gestured impatiently. "Isn't this wasting time? You're not enough of a genius to guess who he is or where he is from how he talked. " Wolfe shook his head. "That would be thaumaturgy, not genius.

I went to the District Attorney. "You know the score, Mr Hobart. It would be stretching a point even to hold me for questioning as it stands now, and since I wouldn't answer the questions, and since Mr Wolfe wouldn't talk on the phone or let anyone in the house until he gets my report, I suppose we'll have to let Captain Saunders go without. " He had his head tilted back to frown at me. " As I turned to obey, Ben Dykes shook his head at me. I passed close enough to Saunders for him to stick out a foot and trip me, but he didn't.

He glanced at the clock. In ten minutes he would leave for his four-to-six afternoon session in the plant rooms. Time enough for a few pages. He reached and got his book and opened to his place. CHAPTER 3 It's possible that I have given a wrong impression of Jimmy Vail, and if so I should correct it. Age, thirty-four; height, five feet ten; weight, 150. Dark eyes, sometimes lazy and dull, sometimes bright and very quick. Smooth dark hair, nearly black, and a neat white face with a wide mouth.

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