Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Week of Lunches

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Week of Lunches

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RED'S in her office.

C[pounds sterling]Red. Can I see the surveillance notes from when you followed Manny?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Why?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Want to know what he was up to. Max didn't seem too pleased Manny was being followed.C[yen]

She shrugs, points at a filing cabinet in the corner. I find the folder, retreat to the


Red followed Manny for several weeks. He went to work, often went to lunch, went home, late. The week before he was killed he went to lunch Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, all long lunches, same restaurant each day.

Red noted that one of the lunches was with councillor Mark Jones, one of the councillors from Janet's email, one who had changed his vote on the resort project.

I go back to Red's office.

C[pounds sterling]What now?C[yen]

I explain, ask if she knows who else he had lunch with that week.

C[pounds sterling]If I knew I would have put it in the notes.C[yen]

I phone the restaurant.

C[pounds sterling]Hi. Dusty Dexter here, Private Investigator, I'm looking into Manny West's death. We know he had lunch at your restaurant four times the week before he was murdered. Need to know who he ate with.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Manny ate here a lot.C[yen] I can hear him flicking the pages of a diary.

C[pounds sterling]Three weeks ago.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Got it. All booked under his name.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]We know on the Wednesday he was with councillor Mark Jones. …

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