Octopus Alibi (Alex Rutledge, Book 4)
The suspected homicide of a long-missing lady, the loss of life of an aged mentor, and the suicide of Key West's renowned mayor are published in one April day. Alex Rutledge, a contract photographer with part-time forensic ties to the Monroe County Sheriff's division and the main West Police division, needs to accompany fishing advisor and good friend Sam Wheeler to spot a physique in Broward County. Hours later, after Alex is again at the island, a Key West detective coerces him into documenting Mayor Gomez's dying. Alex additionally learns he needs to administrate the property of Naomi Douglas, the lady who inspired his artistic photography.
Alex quickly suspects that not anything is because it seems. The police decide on to not see crimes. purely Rutledge senses foul play at the island, a hyperlink among the deaths, and the specter of extra peril.
Home-front issues compound the trouble. Teresa Barga, Alex's new housemate, is absorbed through the coming on the town of Whitney Randolph, a faculty buddy with money, wild tales, bent morals, and extra alibis than an octopus has suckers. Randolph, it apears, has already slithered into the unfolding suspense, linking himself to rip-off sufferers and homicide victims.
Alex needs to forget about a courting long past bitter, then concentrate on wisps of clues to attach the previous and current. associates act out of personality, officers develop into duplicitous, and threats of violence take Alex to the main harmful disagreement of his existence.
Whipped and wondered. He mounted his eyes at the kitchen wall and skipped the salutations. “You acquired a hectic day?” i presumed concerning the legal-pad checklist, chores I had cast off, accounts I hadn’t paid, fees I must have mailed days in the past. I pictured my last-minute scramble, from the home to the airport, days away. Then i assumed approximately every little thing Sam had performed for me. “I suggest, if you’re busy, Alex…” “Nothing I can’t ignore,” I acknowledged. “I have to be in Broward for a pair hours. i purchased tickets for.
* * * I rode domestic in lighter site visitors and questioned how my identify may sound if I twisted it ass-backward. I’d otherwise be Alex Rutledge than Rut Alexander. a few names paintings larger in that video game. My mom and that i as soon as performed it concerning the time i used to be in junior excessive. She had circled Benny Goodman, known as him Goony Bedman, and laughed for a complete afternoon. Randy Whitney, certainly. thirteen I LOCKED MY TRIUMPH in its shed, sought for the neighbor’s spaniel. No canines corporation this night. For all I knew,.
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Countertop, came across his pockets. He pulled out the cardboard he had passed to me on the financial institution. “I’m no longer believing I did this.” He positioned his fingernail at the identify. “See? It’s my fucking card. I misplaced it, pronounced it misplaced, and the financial institution despatched me a brand new one. in the meantime, i discovered it and that i tucked it in right here so nobody might rip me off.” He fiddled round in his pockets, pulled out one other with a similar pics. “I grabbed the previous one. this is often the only I must have used.” “How did the PIN work?” “Ask the financial institution. Why.
None gave the look of a pal. In early pictures Odin used to be simply one other poser with a grin. In more moderen photographs his scowl published hatred. He can have been immense in Podunkville, yet he was once a scrambler at the tide line. Marlow had an excessive amount of disposable source of revenue for a sheriff’s detective, despite an inheritance. He was once attracted to excessive lifestyles, dragging his anchor throughout the dregs of a prior lifestyles. strange boy from Greenwich, Connecticut, had picked up his experience of favor on the mall. I have been inside of too.