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Yes, in fact her things spilled out. ’ Gael shook her head. ’ ‘He’s waiting up in the Reading Room, where it happened. ’ They climbed the carpeted stairs to the next floor, and entered a double-height galleried space, its walls lined with books. Several dozen readers were working on long tables or consulting periodical racks and catalogue consoles. Gael took Kathy across the room towards a middle-aged man sitting in one of the armchairs with a heavy volume on his knees. He struggled to his feet as he saw them approach.
We’re not ruling anything out at this stage, Mr Fotheringham. Why? ’ ‘No, no. Bessie hasn’t spoken to her sister—Marion’s mother—for over a year. She doesn’t really know what’s been going on down there. ’ Kathy repeated it, and her phone number, and took a note of the minister’s number, promising to get in touch when she had more information. She rang Dr da Silva’s home number next. He too sounded shocked by the news of Marion’s death, to the point of becoming almost monosyllabic. To each of her questions he returned a series of abrupt negatives.
In the days when it was publicly available. But now . . well, I suppose we’d have to be looking at a laboratory of some kind, or as part of some industrial process. ’ ‘Yes. ’ They waited while Brock made the call to Westminster Borough Command, setting up a meeting for Kathy at West End Central police station, not far from St James’s Square. ‘They’ll take care of you, Kathy. They understand the situation. ’ She left Pip checking Missing Persons. ‘And I want her phone records, Pip,’ she said on her way out, not bothering to hide the irritation in her voice.