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Bracco waited for a reaction, a nod, something to acknowledge this discovery. But Glitsky was just staring over his head, his bloodshot eyes vacant and glassy. ” Coming back. ” “Good,” Glitsky said. “Yeah, we thought so. To say nothing of the computer records. ” Glitsky’s gaze drifted back up to the ceiling. A P L AG U E O F S E C R E TS 33 Bracco nodded. “Well, yeah. ” Again, since he wasn’t getting anything resembling normal feedback from Glitsky, Bracco waited. After several seconds he went on reporting.

Bracco saw that the coroner’s van hadn’t yet arrived, but two black-and-white squad cars also helped to close off the entrance to the alley from the inquisitive populace. His badge out, excusing himself as he went, he pushed his way through the mass of people and ducked under the tape. A no-nonsense guy, he met no real resistance—Bracco was forty-two years old, just under six feet tall, clean-cut, casually buffed. He nodded to the two uniformed officers who were keeping the crime scene from being violated.

My name is Jansey Ticknor. We’re not married. Weren’t married. ” Her shoulders sagged. ” A P L AG U E O F S E C R E TS 21 Schiff wanted to get her away from her immediate reaction. ” Ms. Ticknor nodded. “My son, Ben. He’s with our boarder. ” Her eyes went back to the body. ” “We don’t know yet, ma’am,” Bracco said. “We did find a gun. ” Jansey Ticknor blinked into the sun for a moment. ” “He couldn’t? ” Schiff asked. Jansey’s face went flat. She looked from one inspector to the other. ” Bracco asked.

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