A Grave Coffin: A Commander John Coffin Mystery

By Gwendoline Butler

With the papers close to the mutilated physique of Harry Seton is a be aware: "Ask Coffin." Seton used to be a detective doing undercover paintings at the sale of unlawful prescription drugs. not anyone, together with John Coffin, Commander of London's moment urban, understands what the notice capacity, however it looks that Seton was once secretly investigating inner police corruption. Coffin starts to seem into Seton's mystery research, in simple terms to discover that somebody has beat him to it and is already destroying proof that the commander will want.

Just as Coffin starts off to stick to Seton's path, a much better tragedy moves moment urban. 4 boys, every one attached to the police in a roundabout way, are lacking and the physique of 1 is located buried in a shallow grave. it's transparent that somebody who holds a grudge opposed to the police has distinctive the kids, yet there's little facts to move on. the one witnesses are a gaggle of rollerbladers, yet worry and whatever else are preserving them quiet.

The terror in moment urban comes on to Coffin's condo, threatening him and his spouse Stella. Is it Harry Seton's nemesis looking him out? Or the child-killer? Or are they hooked up? Is Coffin crafty adequate to sidestep to any extent further failures?

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I guessed what you have been once I clapped eyes on you, yet i assumed I’d probability it … if I’d moved these packets if you happen to got here alongside that may were a lifeless giveaway. You’re a kind of inspectors, aren’t you? and never from around the following. ’ ‘That’s correct. inform me the way you get those medications – you do become aware of they're pretend? ’ ‘No, now not faux, real medicinal drugs. I wouldn’t promote whatever that can damage a purchaser, no, they're actual, yet resource a piece iffy. ’ She grew to become her head to the shelf at the back of. ‘Some attractive scents too, no longer really what they faux to be yet now not undesirable on the fee. ’ ‘So how do you come back through them? ’ ‘I purchase them, in fact, nothing’s unfastened during this global. ’ ‘From whom? ’ She was once keen to speak, yet now not prepared with details; she might supply as low as attainable, any time, any query. She sighed. ‘I’ve responded those questions ahead of, at the least two times. seems like extra yet my reminiscence will get worse and worse. ’ ‘Try it. the place do you get them? ’ ‘They are low-priced … loads of my consumers desire medicines they can’t manage to pay for … for bronchial asthma, arthritis, intestine hassle, painkillers …’ ‘You promote all these? ’ She shrugged. ‘I obtained what got here in. It diversified, occasionally one drug, occasionally one other. not anything demanding, you know, that wasn’t the company in any respect. ’ Coffin used to be rolling the packet of aspirin in his palms: it used to be a neat activity of packing and labelling, yet performed at the affordable. just like the medicinal drugs. ‘I wasn’t the single client, lots have been at it around right here, not only chemist’s yet your pleasant nook store. ’ ‘Good gains. ’ ‘Well, after all, that’s what it’s all approximately. I don’t stand round right here in all weathers for my future health. ’ ‘So the place did the stuff come from? ’ She sighed. ‘You do stick at it. I’ll let you know what I advised the others and masses reliable may possibly it do you: a white van might are available in, and the purchasers might keep on with. I acquired a cell name and that i wager they did. ’ ‘Simple. ’ ‘It shifted round, you’d get used to at least one promoting aspect after which it can disappear; now not secure, i guess, even though it wasn’t unlawful. ’ ‘Deception may be unlawful. ’ ‘Seen from the place I stand it used to be no fraud, simply comparatively cheap. ’ ‘Go again to the white van … it disappeared, did it? ’ ‘Yes, offers dried up. yet they got here again. i've got a number of stalls, a number of various areas, and after a piece, i spotted a van, now not the white one, doing a similar enterprise …’ ‘No cell calls? ’ ‘I didn’t want it, I knew the way in which of it: see what used to be there, money and purchase. ’ She nodded. ‘Yes, they moved on, saturate one sector then visit one other. more secure too. ’ ‘Was it? ’ ‘Yeah, simply because there have been humans such as you nosing round, checking up, drug inspectors, or from the massive pharmaceutical businesses, yet they have been continually at the overdue part, white van or darkish blue, it had moved on and never come again. It had its personal details provider, I reckon. ’ ‘Could be. ’ She used to be pretending to be uneducated, yet she wasn’t, could even learn about prescribed drugs herself. ‘Is flowers Love your genuine identify? ’ ‘Flora is, no longer the affection half, now not an excessive amount of of that during my existence. ’ ‘Have you were given clinical education your self, flowers?

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