By Andrew Klavan
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He sucked in the drug with a noise like a busted steam pipe. He leaned back against the base of the sofa. He stared at me. He smiled dreamily. There were photographs in the envelope. I paused to pluck the cigarette out of my mouth. I flicked an ash onto the carpet. I rubbed it with my shoe until it didn’t show. I stuck the cig back into my face. I pinched the edge of the photographs and pulled them out. Mayforth Kendrick III chuckled. His head bobbed up and down. He sucked his dope. He sniffled.
They fitted Kendrick in it gently. Feet first, then pulling it up. Lifting him to get it on, as if he were a baby being changed. Then they pulled it over his head and zipped it up. Kendrick’s face disappeared behind the plastic. The shape of his nose and forehead could be traced in the bag. I caught myself wondering how he’d be able to breathe like that. I watched as the attendants lifted the body bag onto the stretcher. “So what’s the word, Fred? ” The burly detective groaned. “You could get cholera in this heat.
Fred, it’s ninety-five degrees at ten o’clock at night. It’s hot. You’re hot because it’s hot. ” “Eesh. I don’t know. ” He felt with his fingers for the pulse at the base of his neck. ” A flash snapped. It seemed to add to the thick night heat. Two men brought a stretcher to the door. One of the forensic guys, McFadden I think his name was, stood up from Mayforth’s body. He wiped his brow with his sleeve. He saluted to Gottlieb and backed away. Gottlieb made a gesture to the attendants at the door.