By Patricia Hall
A demanding and gripping secret set in Nineteen Sixties London and Liverpool - while photographer Kate O'Donnell takes to the air for London from swinging Liverpool she has issues in brain: to make a profession and to trace down her lacking older brother. but if she does discover a hint of Tom, he's nonetheless lacking - forsaking a lifeless flatmate and a few very suspicious police officers, together with Harry Barnard of the vice squad. Kate determines to transparent her brother's identify, yet her investigations take her on a terrifying trip, and shortly she isn't certain if even the captivating Barnard could be relied on . . .
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50 15269 THE VERGE PRACTICE 45 Brock sucked his mouth doubtfully. ’ ‘No, no, of course not. Only . ’ He shook his head. ‘Goodness . ’ ‘Well, Miki Norinaga was the niece of a client of ours in Japan—that was how she came to work for us here in the first place, as a young graduate. And Frank Lloyd Wright’s second wife—I’m trying to remember this from history lectures and I’m not even sure if they ever married— anyway, she was the wife of one of his clients. Wright had this breakdown, burnt out when he turned forty, and he ran away with her to Europe.
It was an abstract with geometric figures, squares and segments of circles, in vivid primary colours, and the contrast between it and the severe constraint of the rest of the interior hadn’t been apparent on the video. The signature in the bottom corner meant nothing to Kathy, but those on the black outfits in Miki’s wardrobe certainly did. 54 15269 THE VERGE PRACTICE 49 After they’d had a good look round, each taking notes, Jennifer Mathieson took them back to the lift and down to the level of Clarke’s office, but this time she led them to the opposite side of the atrium, where Charles Verge had had his office.
She knew the children, abandoned by their mother to their grandmother’s care, and she knew of their ambivalent attitude to Brock, seen sometimes as a heroic crime-fighter and other times as an intruder threatening the security of their home. She wondered if this project was an attempt by Stewart to come to terms with his grandmother’s friend. She turned off Jamaica Road into a maze of narrow streets that led towards the old brick warehouses lining the south bank of the river. Tyres drumming on granite cobbles, she slowed opposite a vertical plane of glass, shockingly naked among all this brick and stone, which she recognised from a picture in the Verge Practice brochure that Superintendent Chivers had circulated at the briefing.
Dead Beat by Patricia Hall