By Lynda La Plante
A dual carriageway provider station at the M1: dimly lit, run down, poorly supervised, flickering lighting, darkish corners; a favorite stopover for long-distance lorry drivers on their manner up north from London. in the back of it, a physique is located in a ditch, that of a woman slightly out of her youth. She looks to don't have any kin, no buddies, no connections at any place. different ladies have long past lacking within the neighborhood and nobody has improved to assert them. Anna Travis is assigned to the case. Her blood runs chilly whilst she gets a letter from a lifer -- anyone she was once answerable for arresting long ago -- who writes to her from felony, asking her to go to him urgently. For he claims he is familiar with who the killer is...
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Once or twice she became up, yet like I acknowledged, I didn’t like her bein’ right here whilst it had all been performed up great. ’ ‘Could I see the case? ’ Emerald lit one other cigarette. ‘I don’t have it no more,’ she stated, and shrugged. ‘It wasn’t worthy protecting. ’ ‘But you stated it had sturdy outfits in it, like that track-suit? ’ Emerald unplugged the iron, mumbling, ‘I gotta pass and do a little shoppin’. ’ ‘You simply threw it out? ’ The younger girl became on Anna angrily. ‘Yeah. Like I acknowledged, it wasn’t worthy maintaining and your lot didn’t wish it so I chucked it out onto a pass. there have been just a few blouses and skirts and sneakers and this tracksuit, very well? there has been nuffink of price. ’ Anna may possibly consider Emerald’s starting to be animosity from the best way she banged the ironing board closed. It confirmed she was once getting her mood up. ‘I’m sorry in case you imagine i'm accusing you of whatever, simply because I’m no longer. It’s simply that if lets locate Margaret’s workstation then it might be of serious worth as we'd be able to query the boys she picked up. I’m now not attracted to anything that was once in her suitcase. ’ ‘Well, there has been nuffink else. Now I gotta exit. ’ Anna stood up and put the stool below the breakfast shelf. ‘I rather get pleasure from you giving me it slow, Emerald. incidentally, is that your actual identify? ’ ‘I wasn’t christened with it, yet me great-grandmother labored as a cleanin’ woman for a excessive society lady referred to as Emerald. She’d given her a few great issues and it’s me favorite color. Turk is the identify of my father, however it used to be by no means on me beginning certificates simply because he frustrated sooner than i used to be born. ’ Emerald stood together with her arms on her hips. ‘Anything else you must recognize? ’ ‘No. thanks for seeing me. ’ Heading again alongside the rubbish-filled hall, Anna suspected that Emerald used to be mendacity in regards to the contents of the suitcase, yet there has been little she may possibly do approximately it now because the unique investigating group had already appeared via it and located not anything of significance. She had a sense, if she was once right and Emerald did nonetheless have the suitcase, that it might be thrown out once she left. there has been not anything for it yet to come to the automobile and trigger again to the station. the instant she’d checked that the policewoman’s motor vehicle had long past, Emerald used to be on her arms and knees beside her cloth cabinet, dragging out boots and footwear as she reached for the suitcase. It used to be an inexpensive make and the zipper had already been damaged while she had used a couple of pliers to release the small padlock maintaining it close. Margaret’s identify was once published on a go back and forth label connected to the deal with. beginning it up on her mattress, Emerald began to eliminate the few goods she’d left within. Tossing them out of ways, she then felt alongside the liner, digging contained in the aspect pocket, and took out a small pink workstation. She didn’t even examine it, yet positioned it into her tracksuit pocket. subsequent, she crammed the suitcase right into a black plastic binliner, tying it on the most sensible. to start with, Margaret’s suitcase had additionally contained thousand kilos in ten-and twenty-pound notes, and a pink velvet jewel case.