By John D. MacDonald
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So he's doing it. But it's a way out chance. Fingerprints work fine on television. But, on a rough guess, they get a usable print off one out of every hundred guns, one out of every twenty cars. A man adjusts the rear view mirror by hand, he can leave a good imprint on the back of the mirror, if the surface is smooth enough. Sometimes a thumb print on the front of the glove compartment. It is usually more meaningful to find a car wiped clean, steering wheel and door handles. No smudged prints and broken prints.
I wouldn't think so. I don't know. It doesn't seem likely. Not the way it's being done. " "Could anybody hate her enough to want to kill her? " He shook his head. "That doesn't seem likely. Hard to think of her dead. There wasn't much malice in that woman. She looked like a complete woman, but she was emotionally immature. She got dreamy about John Webb, like a young girl. " Isobel snatched her glasses off and said, "How can you say that! " Mazzari looked at her with mild astonishment. " "Maybe she could fool you and fool my brother, but she didn't deceive me.
Where is he? What happened to him? " "Certainly. Should I report John as missing? " She hit the arm of the chair with her fist. "Why are you so hesitant? Certainly this is a police matter now. Maybe I should phone the newspapers. " "He could be tied up somewhere, all alone, sick. "So if you start all the sirens screaming, Isobel, anybody who knows anything about it is going to dig a hole and crawl in and wait it out. We need to know more. We need to get some small idea of who did it, who would benefit, why it was done.
A Purple Place for Dying (Travis McGee, No. 3) by John D. MacDonald