By Sue Grafton
Whilst Laurence Fife was once murdered, few mourned his passing. A popular divorce lawyer with a name for single-minded ruthlessness on behalf of his consumers, Fife was once additionally rumored to be a committed philanderer. a lot of people within the picturesque southern California city of Santa Teresa had a cause to wish him lifeless. together with, concept the police officers, his younger and lovely spouse, Nikki. With reason, entry, and chance, Nikki used to be their number-one suspect. The jury inspiration so, too.
Eight years later and out on parole, Niki Fife hires Kinsey Millhone to determine who quite killed her overdue husband.
A path that's 8 years chilly. A path that reaches out to enfold a sour, prosperous, and foul-mouthed previous girl and a tender boy, born deaf, whose reminiscence can't be depended on. A path that ends up in a legal professional defensively unswerving to a useless partner--and disarmingly beautiful to Millhone; to an ex-wife, courageous, lucid, lovely--and nonetheless offended over Fife's betrayal of her; to a not-so-young secretary with too excessive a wage for too few skills--and too many money owed left owing: the path twists to incorporate all of them, with Millhone following each flip until eventually it ultimately twists again on itself and she or he unearths herself face-to-face with a killer crafty sufficient to escape with homicide.
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He beamed. ‘‘Wide-range circuitry that detects transmitters operating on frequencies from fifty megahertz to three gigahertz. Plus it’s got an internal antenna that picks up the horizontal oscillator frequency radiated by video cameras. I’ve optimized it for the PAL standard, which is what you’re most likely to encounter, but I can change it to NTSC or SECAM if you want. Reception isn’t great because it’s so small, so you won’t be able to tell where the bug or camera is, only that one is there.
But I nodded and slipped it into an inside pocket of the blazer I was wearing. I signaled the bartender that it was time for another Lagavulin. ’’ I asked. ‘‘I did. ’’ ‘‘Just a thank-you. ’’ I wondered if she had bought the story. If she hadn’t thanked Harry for his response, I would have known she hadn’t bought it, because she was classy and it wouldn’t have been like her not to respond. But the thank-you might have been automatic, sent even in the presence of continued suspicions. It could even have been duplicitous, intended to lull Harry into thinking she was satisfied when in fact the opposite was true.
After the events of September eleventh in the United States, the Metropolitan Police Force undertook a major initiative to link up these informal networks of cameras with a central database that runs advanced facial recognition software. The software reads characteristics that are difficult or impossible to obscure—the distance be- H ARD R AIN 33 tween the eyes, for example, or the precise angles of the triangle formed by the corners of the eyes and the center of the mouth. Now, when a camera gets a match for a photograph from the database, an alert is automatically sent to the appropriate authorities.
A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone, Book 1) by Sue Grafton