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A surprising picture screamed from front pages of the tabloids—the final moments of a existence captured for the entire international to work out. The glance of sheer terror without end frozen at the face of the doomed girl indicated that her deadly fall from an higher tale of an unfinished Seattle skyscraper was once no determined suicide—and that glance will without end hang-out murder Detective J.P. Beaumont. yet his hunt for solutions and justice is resulting in extra loss of life, and to darkish and bad secrets and techniques scrupulously guarded by means of males of metal in the back of the locked doorways of a robust union that extracts its dues funds in blood.

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Audrey Cummings' studied disinterest made it clear that professional squabbles were old hat to her. Waiting until the fireworks died down, she finally tapped one foot impatiently. " she asked. Manny grinned and made a low bow, stepping aside with a gallant sweep of his arm. "Please be our guest, milady," he declared. Smiling at Manny's courtly gesture, Audrey Cummings marched past us in a suitably regal manner. In the world of homicide, where death and disaster are daily companions, we tend to take our laughs wherever we can find them.

Cassie didn't pay any attention. She told me Goldfarb wanted a sharp point on the end of his body hook. That was what the script called for and that was the way it would be. The reason Goldfarb wanted a sharp hook was soon obvious. Part of the retrieval scene included a special-effects sequence in which the sharp end of the hook is pulled free from the make-believe skin of the make-believe corpse. I took Cassie aside and attempted to explain that real human skin is amazingly tough, that body hooks catch on clothing, not on skin, but unrealistic or not, Goldfarb liked that ugly scene.

He climbed down from the boom and crawled around on all fours to lovingly direct the cameras in capturing the sharp end of the hook as it came loose from the all too lifelike plastic skin. For some reason, neither Cassie Young nor Hannah Boyer found any of this pretend gore the least bit distressing. So long as I live, I never will understand women. In the end, the scene stayed as is. I didn't. I left the whole bunch of them to their own devices and went in search of Woody Carroll. If I had walked off the set completely, if I had pulled up my pants and gone home, there would have been hell to pay.

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