Justified Malice by Harry Pinkus EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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Miles Darien was sure the pounding in his head was from the three
vodka martinis he’d had the night before. Turns out it was actually someone
knocking loudly at his front door. He crawled out of bed and tripped over
the pile of clothes he’d dumped on the floor after returning from a birthday
party for his assistant, Anne. Before answering the door, Miles looked out
his second-story window and, much to his surprise, saw his friend George
Willis’s car out front. When Miles opened the door, there was George
looking downright bewildered and disheveled, with his shirt half tucked in
and his hair sticking out in all directions.
“George, what in the world are you doing here at 4:00 a.m. on a
Monday morning?” Miles asked.
“I’ve been trying to get you for an hour, but you wouldn’t answer your
phone,” George growled.
“Come in. It’s cold outside. Strange I didn’t hear the phone.” Miles then
saw the phone sitting on the coffee table in front of the TV. He’d forgotten
it there when he dragged his martini-addled self up the stairs to bed. “It’s
January, so you’re not picking me up to go fishing. Why are you here?”
George’s voice quivered as he spoke. “There’s been an explosion at the
marina. Our boat blew up in dry dock.”
“Let’s go!” Without a moment’s hesitation, Miles grabbed a warm
jacket and slipped his phone in the pocket. His golden retriever, Molly, was
wagging her tail and squealing, clearly indicating she wanted to go out to
pee but she’d have to wait.
“What the hell happened?” Miles asked before George had even started
“I have no idea. There was nothing flammable in the boat once we took
it out of the water. I can’t believe this happened! I’m out of business.”
George’s voice grew louder with each spoken word.
“I assume the police are already on the scene investigating,” Miles said
as calmly as he could in hopes of settling George down.
“Yes, they called me from there. No one on the police force has the
investigative skills, or the personal interest, to get to the bottom of this—not
like you.” George obviously thought this was more than a mere accident.
Miles had a million questions, but he knew it was likely the answers lay
at the marina dry dock.
When they arrived at the marina, the crew of Lakeville firefighters had
just finished stowing their equipment on the three fire trucks that had been
called to the scene. Much of the water they’d used to douse the fire had
already begun turning to ice thanks to the brisk, wintry breeze off Lake
Michigan. The dark and cold January night had already erased any of the
warmth the burning boat had created, and there was barely a whiff of the
smoke left from the fire the explosion had produced.
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