Gently By the Shore (Inspector George Gently, Book 2)

By Alan Hunter

You'll locate lots of our bodies stretched out on a summer time seashore - yet they're no longer often dead... In a British seashore vacation hotel on the top of the season, you are going to look forward to finding a prom and a pier, perhaps a few donkeys, 'Kiss-Me-Quick' hats, sweet floss and children construction sandcastles. you wouldn't look forward to finding a unadorned corpse, punctured with stab wounds, mendacity at the sand. leader Inspector George lightly is termed in to enquire the aggravating homicide. The case should be wrapped up quick to calm the nerves of involved holidaymakers. not anyone desires to imagine that there's a maniac at the free within the city yet without outfits or making a choice on marks at the physique, lightly has a difficult time setting up who the sufferer is, not to mention discovering the killer. meanwhile, who understands the place or whilst the assassin may well strike back?

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Rain,’ stated Louey, ‘it’ll make the going gentle … eh, Peachey? ’ Peachey used to be sitting together with his mouth open and giving an imitation of somebody anticipating an atomic bomb to blow up. ‘Then there’s the opposite one …’ murmured lightly, absently blowing a smoke-ring. ‘You have been announcing, Inspector? ’ ‘The guy with the scar, doesn’t he strike you as belonging to a similar racial crew? ’ there has been a pause damaged in basic terms by means of the muted skirl of digital jazz. Louey’s arms paused midway alongside the tom’s again. Even Gently’s smoke-ring looked as if it would pause and hover, precisely among the 3 of them. ‘Do I … be aware of him, Inspector? ’ queried Louey in a finely-blended tone of pissed off helpfulness. ‘You may still do. He used to be right here final evening. ’ ‘Last evening? You suggest the following within the bar? ’ ‘I suggest the following within the workplace – this one or the outer one. ’ there has been yet another pause whereas Louey shook his head perplexedly. ‘I don’t comprehend … it’s fairly confusing. I’m afraid I’m no longer familiar with a guy with a scar – it’s a conspicuous scar, i guess, anything that stands proud? ’ ‘Very conspicuous. ’ ‘And he was once right here within the workplace? ’ ‘He left at 9 thirty-one. ’ ‘Someone observed him depart? ’ ‘Exactly. ’ Louey regarded hopelessly clean. ‘If I knew his identify, Inspector …’ ‘I meant to invite you for it. ’ Louey sighed regretfully and reached out for the silver cigarette-box. ‘He couldn’t were in right here … i used to be the following myself the complete night. And as for the opposite office—’ he hesitated within the act of choosing a primrose-coloured cigarette – ‘Peachey! ’ Peachey jerked as if yanked via a cord. ‘You have been within the different place of work at part earlier 9 … Peachey! ’ ‘B-but boss—! ’ ‘Now no excuses – you have been operating there until eventually ten – you didn’t depart where other than to fetch me anything from the bar. He was once getting out bills, Inspector … we do a great deal of postal paintings. ’ ‘But boss! ’ interrupted the anguished Peachey. Louey pinned him with an unanswerable eye. ‘Who used to be it, Peachey – who used to be the guy with the scar? The inspector isn’t asking those questions out of idle interest, you recognize …’ terrible Peachey gaped and gasped like a hooked cod. ‘But wait a minute! ’ boomed Louey, ‘half earlier 9 – that should have been concerning the time I despatched you for my whisky. Inspector’ – his eye dropped Peachey as a terrier drops a rat – ‘you have been within the bar your self simply then, i think. Did you spot Peachey pop out, via any probability? ’ lightly nodded reluctantly. ‘Of path! possibly you could let us know at what time? ’ ‘About part prior 9 … roughly. ’ ‘Half prior 9! Then it sounds as if Peachey wasn’t within the workplace whilst this guy of yours used to be purported to have left. Is that what you desired to inform me, Peachey – is it? ’ Peachey gulped apoplectically. ‘That’s correct, boss! I wasn’t there to s-see not anyone! ’ ‘And not anyone appeared in ahead of that … none of our regulars approximately their debts? ’ ‘No, boss – not anyone in any respect! ’ Louey prolonged a huge hand in the direction of lightly. ‘Sorry, Inspector … it doesn’t glance as if we will be able to support a lot … does it? ’ ‘No,’ admitted lightly expressionlessly, ‘it doesn’t, does it?

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