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Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon

Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon

Author:Josh Lanyon [Lanyon, Josh]
Language: nld
Format: epub, mobi
Tags: erotic MM, Romance MM
Published: 0101-01-01T00:00:00+00:00


Chapter Six

"But you've got your man," Tara protested. "You found the murder weapon in Carl Winters' bookstore. Why haven't you arrested him? Why are you asking so many questions about Nathan?"

Matt shrugged. "You sweet on Doyle?"

"Sweet on him?" Tara flushed and then laughed. "We're just pals." She cast Matt a shrewd look. "Would you care if I was?"

"Marriage could do Doyle a world of good."

"What would it do for me?"

Matt grinned at her expression. "Might do you a world of good too, Tara. Take the edges off you."

"The edges!" She tossed her glossy black curls. "Thanks very much." She contemplated Matt. "You ever going to remarry, Mathew?"

He shook his head regretfully.

She sighed. "I could have gone for Nathan, but he's—"

"He's?"

"I don't know. Destined for the priesthood or something, I guess." She grinned. "Now I've shocked you, a big tough police man like you, Lt. Spain." She played with her chopsticks. They were having lunch at the Hong Kong Café.

"So what did you want to know about Doyle?"

"You said you didn't know him before he went overseas?"

She shook her head. "He didn't work here. He moved to San Francisco right out of college. That's what I heard."

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"How's he get along with the other newshounds?"

"He keeps pretty much to himself." She met Matt's gaze.

"He's liked. He's good." She grimaced. "He's bored."

"Wants to be back on the front lines?"

She nodded, took out a cigarette. Matt leaned forward to light it. Looking into her dark eyes he saw instead a pair of light ones, blue-grey eyes with gold-tipped lashes—direct and yet somehow a little shy.

"Why haven't you arrested Carl Winters?" Tara asked. "Off the record."

"Off the record?" He raised skeptical brows, but when she nodded, he said, "That gun came from Benedict Arlen's antique gun collection. The way we figure it, any one of a number of people had access to it."

"Including Phil Arlen?"

She was a smart cookie; he'd always thought so. He could see that sharp brain of hers ticking over. "That's right. And all but one of those same people had opportunity to stash the gat at Winters' bookstore."

"Let me ask you something," she said.

Matt nodded.

"Is Nathan a suspect?"

"He was with Arlen the night he was kidnapped. What kind of a cop would I be if I didn't include him in my list of suspects?"

"Very diplomatic," she said dryly. She sipped some tea from a little porcelain cup. "Nathan wouldn't have access to Benedict Arlen's gun collection." She followed her own line of reasoning, "But he could have got the gun from the Arlen kid, 113

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assuming the Arlen kid was carrying it that night, and that Mrs. Arlen hadn't swiped it to shoot him with it."

"It's a possibility."

"Which is? Nathan grabbing the gun from Phil Arlen or Claire Arlen plugging her no good wastrel husband?"

"Take your choice."

"Well," she said shortly, "I choose not to think Nathan's a murderer."

She was definitely sweet on Doyle.

She said, "Anyway, why would Phil Arlen have taken the gun? I don't think he planned on committing suicide.



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