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The first body fell from the sky at 16.05 p.m. on Tuesday 5 February,
landing seconds later at the feet of a woman waiting for the number 7 bus
on Grove Hill. The woman, who gave her name to the 999 operator as
Emilie Jasper, was so distraught that she spent the emergency call
alternating between sobs and rapid half-sentences in French, and
consequently, paramedics and police were sent in the first instance to a
suicide. It was not their first at this particular row of Brighton flats, marked
with the graffitied evidence of despair and drug overdose. But what was a
surprise was the discovery by paramedics that the dead man’s hands were
bound loosely with rope and his throat so viciously slashed that it was
almost sliced clean through. That was when the paramedics rapidly
progressed the call to a murder, and it was put through to the spotless desk
of Acting Detective Inspector Tess Fox of Sussex Major Crimes Team.
Special emphasis on the Acting.
DI Fox was on her feet before the call ended, waving a piece of paper in
the face of Jerome Morgan, her detective sergeant.
‘Incident in Grove Hill, Brighton. Suspected homicide.’ Tess lifted her
jacket from the hook – February evenings were bitter the closer you got to
the sea. She shrugged it on and twisted her long blonde ponytail into a bun,
wondered if that possibly looked too harsh, and let it back down into a
ponytail. Jerome, who had already decided the last hour of his shift was not
going to be a productive one, hadn’t moved. He was holding his phone at
arm’s length, then bringing it up close to his face, squinting at the screen as
though trying to figure out something significantly more important than
Tess’s first murder as an acting DI.
‘Can you ever see these hidden picture things? I couldn’t see a bloody
giraffe when I was a kid and I still can’t see one now. Do you think that
means I’m colour-blind?’
‘Get. Up.’ Tess prodded him in the shoulder with her pen. ‘Is Oswald
still in his office?’
‘Gone home,’ Jerome replied of their DCI. ‘Janice wants a new car.
He’s had to go with her to stop her buying the most expensive thing on the
Tess circled the room, silently thanking her boss’s wife as she calculated
her next move. With Oswald gone, she would be the first detective on the
scene, an opportunity she’d been waiting for since her temporary promotion
three months ago, a chance to show that she deserved for the job to be
permanent. If she called him now, he might call someone else in to cover it
– someone with more experience. She made her decision.
‘We’ll call him from the car. When we’re almost there. On your feet,
Jerome raised his eyebrows and pushed himself away from his desk.
‘Whatever you say, boss. Time to make a coffee first?’
‘No, we bloody haven’t.’ Tess twisted her ponytail back into a bun and
headed for the door. Motivating Jerome was like trying to get a child ready
for school. ‘Get a move on.’
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