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Cruel and Unusual

If you want to solve a mystery, you need to know three things: 1) The keys in the freezer; it’s the obvious clue that’s hiding in the last place you’d think to look. 2) The loose thread; the fact in the case that doesn’t make sense, so you keep tugging until it unravels. 3) The drink; never underestimate what a stiff drink at the end of a long day can jog loose. Everyone knew Oliver killed Danberg, but the police were on strings and – more importantly – nobody knew how, cause of death was drowning brought on by a seizure in his swimming pool; that was the loose thread, the others wouldn’t come to me until Saturday, exactly a week after Phillip Danberg died.

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