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We have to talk,’ he said. ‘This is your turf, Hardy. ’ I told him to follow me and I drove to the coffee place in Glebe Point Road next to where the Valhalla Cinema used to be. A lot of places in Glebe used to be where they aren’t anymore. Too many. I found a parking spot in Hereford Street, went inside and ordered a long black. Williams must have parked well away because he took ten minutes to arrive and looked pissed off. Maybe because I hadn’t ordered him a coffee. The place was thinly populated and I picked a corner furthest from the other patrons.
He turned and moved down the path to the gate. He threw a punch at an overgrown bush, maybe a weed. ’ ‘I’m on it, mate. ’ He nodded and threw a combination. ‘I’m moving up. The WBA title’s vacant. I could be in for a shot. ’ ‘God help him,’ I said. All I had to work with were Lily’s encrypted initials. I remembered Tim Arthur, at the wake, saying how closely he and Lily had worked on some stories. Would he know about her code? Arthur had retired in his mid-fifties as an editor, presumably on a big pay-out, but he wrote an occasional column for Blackstone, a magazine dealing with legal matters.
Hardy, Cliff (Fictitious character) – Fiction. 2. Private investigators – New South Wales – Sydney – Fiction. I. Title. 3 Set in 12/14 pt Adobe Garamond by Midland Typesetters, Australia Printed in Australia by McPherson’s Printing Group 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 For Lesley McFadzean Contents part one 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 part two 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 part one 1 Following my last major case, I was given a suspended sentence for various offences. This, together with an earlier serious infringement and a brief prison spell, caused the police board that handles the licensing of private enquiry agents to scrub me for life.