Judgment Day by Elmer Rice

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Len fumed. He leaped to his feet and began pacing, unable to keep still. ‘We warned them, didn’t we, Bev? ’ ‘But would they listen? ’ Kathy broke in. ‘The Social Services. We told ’em that he’s irresponsible, unfit to be a parent. And that stupid woman told us that so were most fathers, but she couldn’t do anything about it. ’ Len Nolan’s face had become deep red by this stage, and Bev said anxiously, ‘Yes, Len, but let’s hear what Sergeant Kolla has to say. ’ Kathy said. ‘And she told us we wouldn’t have a leg to stand on without evidence of abuse or neglect.

The horde on the floor below had vanished. Rudd went to the kitchen area to put on some coffee. ‘I don’t understand why they had to search the house,’ he grumbled as he spooned out the powder. ‘We always do, in cases like this,’ Kathy said. ’ Or bundled up in the freezer, or beneath the floorboards, Kathy thought. There’s no place like home. ‘I just feel so helpless,’ Rudd said. ’ ‘Waiting is the worst of it,’ Brock replied. ’ At that moment there was a commotion from the floor below,a man calling out in protest, a woman’s scream drowning him out, then footsteps crashing up the wooden stairs.

Rudd shrugged. ’ ‘And please make sure that Mr Tait understands that too, will you? Tracey’s life may depend upon it. ’ ‘Good. Now is it possible that Tracey’s disappearance could have something to do with your career or reputation? Have you had any unusual correspondence recently? ’ ‘We’ll need to check all those. ’ ‘No, but it’s always possible that this is different. Just to be sure, we’ll set up some special equipment on your phone, and I’ll ask you to stay close to it for the next twenty-four hours.

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