By John Sandford
For twenty-five years the unsolved kidnapping of 2 younger ladies has haunted Minneapolis murder detective Lucas Davenport. this present day, the our bodies were stumbled on. this present day, he returns to a crime—and a nightmare—darker than any prior to.
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The Scrape guy,” the lady stated. “Yeah. What’d he say approximately Scrape? Any of you men listen approximately that? ” “He acknowledged Scrape had a few type of intercourse record,” one of many males stated. “Is that real? You men oughta understand. . . . ” “He’s been arrested a few hundred occasions, yet we haven’t came across something approximately intercourse so far,” Lucas acknowledged. “It’s typically simply, you recognize, loitering, or drowsing open air, pot, that kind of factor. ” “He’s one weird-lookin’ dude,” one of many males stated. “And weird-actin’. ” “So’s John Fell,” the lady stated. Del pounced on it: “Why? ” he requested her. “Why do you are saying that? ” “He simply makes me . . . nervous,” she acknowledged. “I don’t wish to take a seat round with him. you could have the sensation he’s regularly sneaking seems at you. after which, he is going around the highway. And that, you recognize . . . that’s kinda freaky. ” there has been a bit extra, yet not anything that will nail Fell down. Del acknowledged to Lucas, “So let’s move check with the ladies back. ” at the approach out the door, a man with a waxed mustache and muttonchops held up a finger and acknowledged, “Hey, you recognize approximately Dr. Fell? ” Del: “What? ” the fellow stated, “It’s a nursery rhyme: ‘I don't love thee, Dr. Fell / the explanation why i will not inform / yet this i do know, and recognize complete good / i don't like thee, Dr. Fell. ’” Lucas acknowledged, “Uh, thank you. ” the man shrugged. “I concept you'll want to learn about it. It used to be written a few man named John Fell. ” Dell frowned. “But it was once like a . . . nursery rhyme? ” “Yeah. a few professor. long ago, thousands of years in the past. In England. Dr. Fell. ” Lucas stated, “Huh,” and, “How’d you recognize approximately it? ” “I’m an English instructor. ” “Okay. You ever check with John Fell? This John Fell? ” the instructor shook his head. “No, I by no means did. ” “All correct. ” He nodded on the man, and so they went out. He requested Del, “What do you think that? ” “You say there is not any John Fell—that it’s a phony identify. a man who units up a phony identify is a legal. So he picked a reputation for himself . . . and who’d learn about a Dr. Fell? ” “Maybe he likes nursery rhymes . . . or perhaps he was once a instructor. ” “That’s what I’m thinking,” Del stated. They jaywalked around the road to the therapeutic massage parlor, and he additional, “Maybe . . . I don’t understand. There wasn’t a lot in that nursery rhyme, the way in which the fellow acknowledged it. So might be it’s a accident. ” “Hate coincidences,” Lucas acknowledged. “So do I. One attention-grabbing factor: that chick who didn’t wish to take a seat subsequent to Fell. ladies have a suppose for freaks. Makes him extra fascinating. ” at the method around the highway, Del burped, acknowledged, “Excuse me. ” “What do you predict? You ate approximately fifteen of my twenty-one shrimp, and all of yours, and so much of 2 orders of fries. ” “I’m nonetheless growing,” he stated. Lucas acknowledged, “I don’t are looking to sound like an asshole, yet you recognize what fries are? They’re a stick of starch, that is essentially sugar, designed to get grease for your mouth. these shrimp are regularly breading, that's starch, additionally designed to get grease on your mouth. And, in fact, shrimp are an outstanding resource of ldl cholesterol. ” “You sound like an asshole,” Del acknowledged. “Ask me approximately cigarettes sometime,” Lucas stated. “Mmm, Marlboros,” Del acknowledged.