Rainbow's End (Felse, Book 13)

By Ellis Peters

While somebody pushes a hard newcomer from the steeple of St. Eata's church, Superintendent George Felse is charged with sifting via an extended record of suspects to trap the killer. Reprint.

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It wasn’t an coincidence. And he didn’t cease simply because he’d hit me – he stopped simply because he’d ignored me. He stopped to have one other pass. ’ After a second of silence, even though no longer of entire disbelief, George stated kind of: ‘You’ll need to justify that, you recognize. move into element. There has to be definite issues that experience given you that impact. Now you inform me. You have been mendacity half-stunned, yet you are saying you'll see his rear-lights just a couple of ft away. then you definitely should also were capable of see his number-plate, even though you could no longer be capable to recollect it now. ’ ‘No,’ acknowledged Bossie, with a touch of pride, ‘I not just don’t have in mind, I by no means observed his quantity. there has been just a clean among the hind lights. boring, like sacking. i believe he’d obtained his number-plates lined. ’ ‘He’d get picked up if he used to be noticeable on populated roads like that. ’ yet he used to be on a street virtually abandoned at evening, and it wouldn’t take many mins to swathe a number-plate, or many mins to discover it back, as soon as competently clear of the spot. ‘Go on, you’ve obtained whatever extra to claim, haven’t you? ’ ‘He began backing the car,’ acknowledged Bossie. George forbore from mentioning the grisly the reason why no sane murderer, having failed in a ahead hit, could then again over his sufferer, yet Bossie’s subsequent supply was once unnerving facts that he had considered them for himself. ‘Oh, now not directly in the direction of me, over to my left. He all started backing earlier me. His entrance wheels have been approximately via my shoulder whilst he all of sudden replaced his brain and shot off at pace and left me there, and that i purely realised then that there has been one other motor vehicle coming alongside from the village, and he’d heard it and run for it. ahead of they can come at the scene and get a glance at him. in the event that they hadn’t come,’ acknowledged Bossie certainly, ‘he was once going to straighten out back in the back of me – not anything may have proven at the street – and run me over. it should have handed for a hit-and-run, and if he bought away okay he’d have lots of time to wash up the automobile. ’ ‘So what you’re asking me to believe,’ stated George neutrally, ‘is that someone used to be truly mendacity in look forward to you there. Expressly for you. good, earlier than we cross into that, are you able to supply us something at the automobile? Registration, evidently no longer, yet something approximately it? Description, color, measurement? ’ Bossie confirmed embarrassment for the 1st time; of the whole lot this noticing baby did not observe, mechanical gadgets held the least curiosity for him, even in huge sunlight, and this had occurred at the hours of darkness. ‘Middling-sized,’ he hazarded dubiously, ‘and darkish, yet I by no means quite observed what it was once like. however it had a superb type of sound whilst it took off – you recognize, quiet and fierce…’ ‘Hmmm, pity, yet permit it move. Now, if this was once a planned try out on you – you say that, aren’t you? ’ ‘Yes,’ stated Bossie with finality. ‘Then how could the individual involved understand you’d be passing there at the moment? ’ ‘I think,’ stated Bossie conscientiously, ‘he the bus up from Comerford, or even from someplace in among. there has been a vehicle went prior simply as i used to be getting off the bus.

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