By Agatha Christie
Rex Fortescue, king of a monetary empire, used to be sipping
tea in his “counting house” while he suffered
an agonizing and unexpected demise. On later inspection,
the wallet of the deceased have been came upon to contain
traces of cereals.
Yet, it used to be the incident within the parlor which confirmed
Miss Marple's suspicion that the following she was
looking at a case of crime by way of rhyme. . . .
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Right. 80 DAY M onday was Samara’s “One-eighty-eighty” day, a refer ence to the section of the Criminal Procedure Law that entitles a defendant to be released unless the prosecution has obtained an indictment or is ready to go forward with a preliminary hearing. s occasionally get overextended, and have to pick and choose which cases to treat as priorities and which to let slide. Some defendants are lucky enough to slip into the cracks that are inevitable in a system that processes many thousands of cases a year.
All the way up there, but not inside. I was too small for inside. Then, with my legs tight around the guy, I’d let him fuck away until—” “Okay,” said Jaywalker, pretty much getting the picture. ” Smiling now. ” he asked her. She laughed, whether at his abrupt change of subject or at the thought of her academic career. ” she asked. He took it as an answer. ” “I stuck around till the day after my fourteenth birthday. ” Apparently she hadn’t. “I caught a bus to Terre Haute, then hitchhiked my way west, to Nevada.
I’ve got witnesses who put her there and have her arguing with the deceased at the time of death. I’ve got her false exculpatory statements, first that she wasn’t there, then that they didn’t fight. I’ve got the murder weapon hidden in her home. ” “No,” said Jaywalker. “I didn’t mean, Why is it a slam dunk? ” Burke gave an exaggerated shrug. Jaywalker decided he could use a lesson or two on the art from Samara. “Hey,” said Burke, “why do seventy percent of murders happen? Two people who know each other get into an argument about some trivial piece of bullshit.