By Ruth Rendell
Who may have suspected that the intriguing stag occasion for the groom could be the prelude to the homicide of his shut buddy Charlie Hatton? And Charlie's dying used to be basically the 1st in a string of confusing murders related to small-time gangsters, dishonest husbands, and unfastened girls. Now leader Inspector Wexford and his assistant sign up for forces with the groom to trace down a killer . . .
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Seven doubles, Bill, and you needn’t look like that. No wonder they reckon the beer’s on the turn in here. I’ve taken the lorry back to the depot and I’m walking home if that’s what’s worrying you. ’ Charlie had opened his wallet with a flourish, taking care that its contents were visible to all the patrons of the bar. His pay packet was there unopened and he didn’t open it now, but paid for his round from a wad of notes held together with an elastic band. It was a thick wad and although most of the notes were green, some were blue.
I forgot that bit. I wish I could remember his words. ’ Very interesting Wexford thought. Far from being popular, Hatton had evidently had a host of enemies. He had spent less than an hour in the Dragon and during that time he had succeeded in needling at least four men. ‘You mentioned all the money Hatton used to flash around,’ he said. ’ ‘He always had wads of it,’ said Carter. ‘I’ve known him three years and he was always flush. But he’d had more lately. ’ ‘I didn’t count it, you know,’ Carter said with asperity.
Like Charlie. ’ ‘He said he’d be late. ’ ‘He wouldn’t do that. The last thing he said to me on Wednesday, “Jack”, he said, “I’ll get along to your rave-up on Friday even if I have to knock the guts out of her. I’ve told Lilian to expect me when she sees me”. ’ ‘Bloody old woman you are, George,’ said Jack, but he too had begun to feel uneasy. It was nine-thirty, only an hour to go before the Dragon closed. Charlie was going to be his best man. Marvellous wedding he’d have if they found his best man at midnight somewhere in the Midlands with his head bashed in.