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He was depressed. That’s enough for you? ’ ‘Jesus Christ, Lucia, what does it matter? He’s dead. ’ ‘We’re talking about a shooting in a school, Guv. ’ ‘So we are. ’ Lucia could smell coffee on the chief inspector’s breath. She could feel heat leaking through his pores. She tried moving her chair backwards once more but the legs snagged against the pile of the carpet. She got up. ’ She slid past her boss towards the window and reached through the blind to find the latch. ‘It doesn’t open. ’ Lucia tried twisting the latch anyway but it had long since gummed itself shut.
Samuel Szajkowski. Samuel, I say. So Sam, is it? I guess people call you Sam? And he gives this little shake of his head and kind of smiles and says, no, they call me Samuel. And his handshake. Did I mention his handshake? You can tell a lot about a man from his handshake. You can tell a lot about a woman too. Like you. You’ve got a firm shake, a strong grip. That tells me what. It tells me that you’re a woman in a man’s job and that you can’t afford to take any shit. You’ve got cold hands, though, did you know that?
I just do. He was pissed all last week after Bickle made him sing on his own in assembly. Bickle, that’s Mr Travis, the headmaster. That’s what we call him cos basically he’s mental. You won’t tell him I said that, will you? Anyway, I don’t say anything for a moment. Then I say, I bet it was one of them Goths. One of them kids with the hair and the jeans and the boots they wear in the summer. Banks sort of scrunches his nose, like he doesn’t want to admit it but he thinks I’m probably right. Have you seen Taxi Driver, by the way?