What She Never Said by Catharine Riggs

What She Never Said by Catharine Riggs

Author:Catharine Riggs [Riggs, Catharine]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781542042130
Published: 2019-09-09T16:00:00+00:00

“His name is Milo Kushner,” Finn says. “A night nurse. Tell me again how you found him.” Finn’s eyes are locked on mine, and I know exactly what he’s doing. I’ve been there many times. He’s caught a whiff of an untruth, so he’s sniffing me like a dog. I’ve got to give him something, and I’ve got to do it soon. I repeat my story. How I’d been having coffee in the kitchen. Left to make my final rounds. Came upon the dead body. Gave security a call. He lets me finish and then shakes his head.

“Bullshit, Richards.” He says my name like he’s spitting nails. “Something doesn’t add up.”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean, if you were following the schedule, your final round would’ve taken you to the right, not the left.”

“I started off a little early, so I thought I’d add some extra distance to my route.”

“You’re aware the cameras will time-stamp that.”

“Of course.” I start sweating at the thought of the cameras that watch this place like hawks. How stupid can I be? The cameras will out my lie. Now I’ve backed myself into a corner, and I can’t see an easy way out. Not only will they question Adam’s behavior but they’ll question mine too. If you’re going to tell a lie, make it a good one, the detective in me always says. I reach deep into my pocket and pull out the spare cigarette I save for when the craving gets too much. “Truth is, I came out here to smoke. I know it’s against the rules, but I promise I’m cutting back.”

He eyes me like I’m a loser. “So a cigarette brought you here?”

“Yeah.” I’m pretending to be ashamed when Finn’s sidekick comes running up. Ted Barnet showed up the same day Finn did—I assume he’s corporate too. He has some sort of weird deformity. He’s shorter than me by at least half a foot, and his jaw is way too large. But he’s built like a tank, and if we got into a fight, I have no doubt who’d come out on top.

“I checked the security cameras,” he says in his odd, high-pitched voice. “The ones in the parking lot aren’t working.”

“So, no view of the altercation?”

“No view of nothing.”

“That’s convenient.” Finn rakes me with his gaze. “You were a detective at one time, right?”

“Right.” Guess the guy took a peek at my file.

“What do you think happened here?”

I tilt my head, considering. “Maybe a lover’s quarrel. Coworker fight. But whoever it was, they knew what they were doing.”


I crouch and point at the entry wound. “This isn’t a random stab. It’s a carefully calculated jab.”

“You sure?”


“What else can you tell me?”

I study the body again. “I’d say the assailant was about the same height. And see how the stab wound is clean? Not jagged. I’m guessing whoever did this used a knife with two sharpened edges. Probably a punch knife.”

“You mean a push dagger?”

“Same thing.”

“Aren’t those illegal in California?”

“If concealed, yes. Anyway, forensics will have more to say about that.


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