Tracking Time by Dianne Irving

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Of course others used it, as the yellow-stained ceiling and lingering smell of a million cigarettes bore witness. In a few years' time a smoking ban would come in, the walls and ceiling be redecorated, new curtains hung at the clouded windows and ashtrays banished, but in the late nineties there was no hint of that. Outside the window it was mostly young people who could be seen sitting at tables under coloured umbrellas on the Olive's veranda, for the evening was as mild as the day had been, while their elders crowded into the saloon bar.

Easily. But why, Reg? ' CHAPTER FOUR Burden was looking at the photocopy of the chapter from Chambers' book Wexford had given him. It was ten pages long. 'There's absolutely no motive,' he said at last. 'Of course, finding a motive's not strictly necessary but you have to admit it helps. Where's your circumstantial evidence? There's none against Targo unless you count Harold Johnson seeing a man cross the garden but, according to Chambers, he was never prepared to swear in court that it was George Carroll or anyone else.

When the sky was cloudless it was still possible to see the stars from the outskirts of Kingsmarkham. Brighton was just far enough away and London further. You could see the stars, see the constellations of Charles's Wain and Orion and Cassiopeia, but less clearly than he had from this same point when he was young. That might, of course, be as much due to the deterioration of his eyesight as to the pollution which misted the sky. But the air revived him and his tiredness went. He recalled how those sightings of Eric Targo had affected him profoundly.

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