Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Dusty Scores an Unwelcome Babysitter for the Party

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Dusty Scores an Unwelcome Babysitter for the Party

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Episode 43 Dusty and Janet, grounded

IC[yen]M SUPPOSED to remember Red's coffee order. Damn. I bang on the door to the room with the monitors. I'm in luck, it's the same guy, eyes on the screens.

C[pounds sterling]Coffee?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Double shot espresso. Three sugars Co make it four.C[yen]

Casual. C[pounds sterling]What's Red have?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Dunno.C[yen]

Maybe they'll know at the coffee shop.

I walk down the street, slip my hand into my handbag slide my fingers around the phone, still warm from being in Hank's pocket, fondle it. Red's not going to like this.

Back to work, Dusty, think like a PI. What would the Angels do? They'd take action, I'll take action.

At the coffee shop they know Red's order.

I return, put the coffees on the desk. C[pounds sterling]Reckon I can help.C[yen] I pull up a chair.

Hank explains. C[pounds sterling]This has become a major drug operation. It's dangerous. We're talking about ruthless men. Men who'll drive a car, with two women in it, off the side of a mountain.C[yen]

I know. I was there.

He continues. C[pounds sterling]Thommo was probably murdered because they thought we were on to him. We have to take it slowly. Cover all bases. The best thing you can do is follow up leads.C[yen]

At least he's involving me.

C[pounds sterling]We need to be sure Manny wasn't involved with drugs. Talk to his boss, people he knew.C[yen]

Red hands him the notepad.

He stands, strong thighs.

C[pounds sterling]Don't go anywhere on your own, day or night, until we get this thing sorted.C[yen]

I'm supposed to be an investigator, and there's the party.

C[pounds sterling]Tonight's the cocktail party.C[yen]

Red. C[pounds sterling]Don't tell me you're going to the Chamber cocktails.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Evan gave me and Janet tickets. …

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