By Howard Engel

While Rabbi Meltzer and the President of Grantham’s synagogue knock on Benny’s place of work door, they aren’t trying to promote raffle tickets. Of that a lot, he’s certain. they want his assist in monitoring down a lacking attorney who has disappeared with the existence reductions of half the Jewish group. Benny is familiar with he’ll by no means see a dime out of it, yet what are you able to do? It’s summer season within the city—and it’s going to be a scorching one.Book five within the Benny Cooperman secret sequence.

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I think Sarah—that’s our daughter—sensed something. ” “Did he own property that you know about? ” “The police have been all over that. I’m not sure whether I could prevent you looking if I wanted to. Anyway, the police have the keys to the office. ” “Staziak. ” “Yes, I know him. I think that’s everything. ” I backed out of that plush living-room and found myself lighting a cigarette in my Olds. I’d come to listen, and I’d heard nothing Pete Staziak couldn’t have told me. But I had that feeling about walking over shallow graves.

I’d get a call in the middle of one of my afternoon soaps: ‘He’s not coming home for dinner. ’ That would be Rose Craig, his secretary. That’d happen three or four times a week beginning around the end of March. For the last couple of weeks before he disappeared, he didn’t even get her to call, and never called himself. Not once. But I just thought it was business, you know? ” “No. ” “A woman, you mean? Sure, I thought about it. ” “If it’s the Jewish community you represent, Mr. Cooperman,” Debbie said, butting her cigarette in an ashtray, “you are certainly giving them their money’s worth.

Nothing. ” “Back to the first one. ” “Sure, if I knew he was leaving, I would have tried to stop him. For Ruth and the kids’ sake. I didn’t know he was involved in all this crap with his trust funds. Why should he tell me? When he was a kid he took my bike without asking and when he punctured the back tire he filled it up with a length of garden hose so I wouldn’t know. Can you beat that? I knocked him into the middle of the next week when I found out. He knew what to expect from me. I’d be the last man in town Label would trust.

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