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  • Barney dropped Max off at his apartment which was also his office. Max had a bad headache. It had been a long day. He was glad to pull down his wall bed and flop down on it. But he couldn't sleep. His head was pounding. He couldn't help thinking about the wall bed at the apartment of Nora Abbott. She had been murdered in the early morning hours and her wall bed had been down. Images flashed in his mind. The elderly woman in her sheer nightgown and shawl with a bedsheet tied around her neck. He had interviewed enough people to know the details even though he hadn't been there.

    On the way home he had told Detective Barney about Jaden interviewing Teddy Williams, the gigilo who had been with the victim. Barney told him Teddy at an alibi. So Max had sent Jaden on an empty errand. He knew he would hear about that from her.

    But Barney had told him something interesting. The day of the murder the police had staked out the apartment. They had searched Lok's room in the basement and collected any pertinent evidence. Later that morning the victim's business manager and lawyer arrived. They went into Lok's room and reportedly found two diamond rings under a stack of books and brought them up to the officer. The police had thoroughly searched before so it looked suspicious.

    Then today at the jail, Lok, the accused houseboy, had told Max about stolen jewelry and a black beaded purse with a rose design. He said if Max found this purse, he would find the true murderer.

    All of these thoughts swirled in Max's head. He tried to get the thoughts to stop. For now he needed sleep. He hoped he would get it.
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