Blood Innocents by Thomas H. Cook
By Thomas H. Cook
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Nothing personal,” Piccolini said, “nobody who actually knew Van Allen. But it still could have been radical types, some crazy, off-the-wall radical group maybe. ” Reardon nodded. ” “Now look,” Piccolini said, “this is a big case. One of the biggest. Some real big people are looking in on this one, interested in it, if you know what I mean. ” Piccolini smiled. “And that means you, John. You were recommended for this case, and you’ve got it. ” Reardon was fifty-six years old and a detective; he did not need any more big pluses and was surprised Piccolini could think he did.
He had wanted to minister to distress, to protect helplessness and innocence from the abuse that constantly threatened them. It had been a romantic notion and he had quickly discarded its more sentimental aspects. But something of it had always lingered in him; nothing could destroy it altogether, and Reardon sensed that he should not let it be destroyed. He suspected that this sensation of protection and guardianship formed the better part of him, and he did not want to lose it. But now its power seemed to be rising in unpredictable and uncontrollable bursts.
Big charity types. Social types too. ” “So you think it’s a political angle? ” “Nothing personal,” Piccolini said, “nobody who actually knew Van Allen. But it still could have been radical types, some crazy, off-the-wall radical group maybe. ” Reardon nodded. ” “Now look,” Piccolini said, “this is a big case. One of the biggest. Some real big people are looking in on this one, interested in it, if you know what I mean. ” Piccolini smiled. “And that means you, John. You were recommended for this case, and you’ve got it.