Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Blood All over the Linen

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Blood All over the Linen

Article excerpt

GOTTA phone Janet, tell her about my big break. About Manny being dead, me on the case.

Then it dawns on me, she'll want to know, a body on the beach is front page news. Janet thinks she's an investigative reporter, but mostly she writes pieces on charity events, tourist trends, the weather, or rewrites press releases.

She could have been here, on the spot, but this morning she and the other triathlete freaks are on a training ride to Montville and back Co 40km straight up the mountain, then straight down again. Janet hasn't had sex in a year, transfers her excess energy into exercise.

I try her phone Co know it'll be in the back pocket of her lycra

suit.

She breathes hard. C[pounds sterling]What's up?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Manny washed up on the beach this morning, shot dead, shark got his arm.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]What? Hang on.C[yen] She yells to the others, C[pounds sterling]Keep going, I'll catch up.C[yen] Silence, then, C[pounds sterling]Manny's dead?C[yen] It comes out between gasps for

air.

C[pounds sterling]Pulled him out of the ocean. Bullet hole in his forehead, shark must have got his arm.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]No shit.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]I'm on the case, with Red. Looks like he was into drugs. That's why he turned me down on Friday night.C[yen] I know Janet was pleased I lost my 100% record.

C[pounds sterling]You ring the paper?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Rang you.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Cops there?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Yeah.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Media there?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Still in bed.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Shit.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]How's the ride?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Nearly there. Have breakfast then ride back.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]You need to get a life Janet.C[yen]

She ignores me. …

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