I'VE had enough of the file, fire up my laptop, Google Clay.
Goldshield Developments has a flash website. Pictures of Bali-style resorts with timber floors, thatched-roof cabanas, lagoon pools. Nice place for a holiday. Company director is Clay Goldshield, CEO is Randal C[pounds sterling]RandyC[yen] Malcolm. Head office is in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
I Google Smart. Name associated with a number of big-time mergers and acquisitions. Has been responsible for some very successful takeovers and company floats. No word on his current activities. I remember Smart talked big, had lots of cash.
What did Red say? Talk to people who know them. Janet, she knows everyone Co and she has access to the paper's on-line archives.
I feel around in the handbag, find my phone. Speed dial.
C[pounds sterling]Hi. What's happening PI?C[yen]
C[pounds sterling]Red has the shits. I'm doing research. Can you do a search for me?C[yen]
C[pounds sterling]Pete Smart. Hot-shot stockbroker, suspected local dealer. Clay Goldshield, Goldshield Developments.C[yen]
C[pounds sterling]Know Smart, don't know Goldshield. Give me an hour. How's it going?C[yen]
C[pounds sterling]Have to do background before I question them. Don't suppose you remember seeing Smart and Thommo leave the bar that night?C[yen]
C[pounds sterling]No. Bit pissed. Spent most of the night chatting to Macca.C[yen]
Macca the cyclist. Janet's keen on Macca Co he's either shy or hasn't noticed.
C[pounds sterling]Then you joined us, after Manny left. Sulked about the decoy job going wrong. …