Friday, November 16, 2018

Robert Ellis: CITY FOR FIRE, Chapter 20


Police Headquarters, Downtown LA …
 
Lena shows her partner Hank Novak and Lt. Barrera the crossword puzzle and the disc of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony she found in the death house, the implications ominous. The husband who confessed to killing his wife a month ago could be innocent. James Brant failed his polygraph but could be innocent as well. The coroner claims that Nikki Brant wasn’t raped. DNA results from the semen found at the house won’t be in until tomorrow afternoon. Then Lena shows them the meds she found by the victim's bed. Lena offers a new theory in all its horror. She tells Novak and her lieutenant that she thinks Nikki took a medication and became drowsy. In the beginning she thought she was having sex with her husband. When she realized she was in bed with a stranger, the killer’s knife was out, and it was way too late!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Robert Ellis: CITY OF FIRE, Chapter 19


The Death House … Rustic Canyon … Los Angeles ...

Wondering why Brant tried to break into the house, Lena searches the place, the oppressive smell of Nikki Brant’s tainted blood everywhere. Lena goes through every closet, every drawer, and finds nothing. On her way out, she spots a stack of newspapers in the kitchen. Someone filled in the crossword puzzle on the morning AFTER the murder. One month ago, a crossword puzzle was found by the bed of another murdered woman. Lena remembers that the killing was brutal and that Beethoven’s 6th Symphony had been found in the CD player. But it couldn’t be. The husband confessed to killing his wife and is in jail awaiting trial. Lena sees the Brant’s CD player and ejects the disc. It’s not Beethoven’s 6th. This time it’s No. 7. They’ve been headed in the wrong direction. Brant didn’t kill his wife. A serial killer did!


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Robert Ellis: CITY OF FIRE, Chapter 18


Lena’s home in Hollywood Hills … 

One of the victim’s neighbors, George Smythe, is on the late-night news saying he saw James Brant park in the lot at Rustic Canyon Park and run into the woods at 1:00 am on the night of the murder. Novak and Lena wonder how Smythe was missed when they canvased the neighborhood. Deciding to let Stan Rhodes handle it in the morning, Lena readies for some much needed sleep with a glass of wine. She gets in bed, the view of the fog rolling in from the ocean remarkable. She notices her phone blinking in the darkness and checks her voicemail. Tim Holt, a friend and member of her brother’s rock band, called. He’s back in town and needs to talk to her about something …