Skip Case (David Dean Mysteries) (Chapter VII, page 2 of 19)


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Dean reluctantly agreed it was a clever idea even though he thought it was a waste of time. While he should have turned the project over to Rita at headquarters, it had, after all, been Fred's idea, so he didn't complain about giving it a shot. "I still think it's whistling in the wind, but it'll keep you out of trouble. Just don't overload the phone bill if I come up with some names."

Dean knew the Parkside Sentinel would be going full steam later in the day, so he stopped by the red brick building on his way to work. It was located around the corner from headquarters and he was early anyway. Monica Cutler was seated in her usual corner amid a clutter of used coffee cups and thousands of old newspa­pers.

"You here to kill Linda Segal, The Ice Lady, or is this a social call?" Monica asked. Ms. Segal was the reporter who was giving Leland Anderson and the department such a hard time over the missing Wassermann twins. Monica grumbled that Segal was more interested in selling papers than the truth so if he wanted to kill her that was fine with her. Dean laughed and told her his visit was neither social nor to perform mayhem-it was police business, sort of.

Monica Cutler had performed every duty but setting type at the Parkside Sentinel for the past 20 years. Four years ago, she and Dean were a weekly item, as they say. But no comparison to Ethel Rosewater need be made. Monica was a sweetheart who never said an unkind word about a soul. Dean often wondered to himself why their romantic attraction to one another never grew to something permanent. Perhaps the time was wrong. In any event, they remained as they always had been, the very best of friends.

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