By Bill Pronzini
Anonymous is stepping into a partnership with former cop Eberhart and is understandably apprehensive approximately operating with another individual. He has one final case prior to becoming a member of forces, which consists of a mystery admirer who's sending a tender eastern lady dear jewels. It seems there's a connection to the Yakuza (Japanese Mafia).
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The possible time of Haruko Gage’s abduction was once among eleven-thirty and twelve, after she left the Sundler organisation and sooner than she used to be in a position to board a bus for domestic, and at the moment Yamasaki were sitting and sweating in Hisayuki Okubo’s deepest compartment at the Kara Maru. Frustration and a mounting experience of desperation made me try out the unanswered Oakland quantity back, although it had basically been ten mins due to the fact that I’d final dialed it. yet somebody had come domestic in these ten minutes—a teenage woman from the sound of her voice, most likely simply in from tuition. She picked up at the fourth ring and stated, “Hi. Andy? ” “Not,” I acknowledged, and pointed out myself and stated it was once pressing that i find both a guy named Michio Wakasa who had as soon as labored as a gardener in Petaluma, or any of his relations. Silence. i presumed at the beginning that it was once simply because she used to be disenchanted i used to be no longer an individual named Andy, yet that wasn’t it in any respect. beautiful quickly she acknowledged, “My grandfather’s identify used to be Michio. My dad’s father. He died approximately ten years in the past. ” “Did he as soon as dwell in Petaluma? ” “I imagine so. ” My hand was once tight round the receiver now; i may believe the strain in my undesirable arm and throughout my again. “Did he have a daughter named Chiyoko? ” Pause. “That was once my aunt’s identify. How come you’re asking all these things approximately my kinfolk? ” “It’s complicated,” I acknowledged, “and I don’t have the time to provide an explanation for it so it’ll make feel to you. yet I’m a detective and I’m searching for someone—a woman who’s in deep trouble. ” “She’s now not in my kin, is she? This woman? ” “No. You don’t recognize her. inform me approximately your Aunt Chiyoko. ” “Well, I don’t recognize a lot approximately her. She died ahead of i used to be born. In Petaluma, i believe. ” “How did she die? ” “I don’t comprehend. not anyone within the family members ever talks approximately it. ” rattling! “When will your mom and dad be domestic? ” “My father’s out of city on enterprise. My mother’ll be domestic round six. She works in San Francisco. ” “She does? the place? ” “Embarcadero heart. ” “Where within the Embarcadero middle? ” “I don’t be aware of if I should still let you know that ... ” “Please, it’s vitally important. ” “Well ... Carnaby’s. That’s a store in quantity . ” “Thanks, honey,” I acknowledged. “Thanks greatly. ” i used to be placing the receiver down while Eberhardt got here again with the espresso. He learn the glance on my face and acknowledged, “You get whatever? ” “Looks that method. The identify of Chiyoko Wakasa’s sister-in-law and where the place she works—right right here within the urban. ” I took one of many styrofoam cups he used to be wearing, unlidded it, drank a slug of espresso, after which positioned the cup down at the table and began for the door. “I’ll name you if it leads at any place convinced. ” “Luck, huh? ” “It’s no longer me who wishes it,” I stated. “It’s Haruko Gage. ” The Embarcadero middle is a four-block advanced contrary the Ferry construction, and never faraway from my prior workplace on Drumm highway. It were outfitted steadily over the last numerous years—high-rise workplace constructions, with arcades at the decrease degrees filled with paintings and yellow crysanthemums and plenty of retailers and cafés. you'll get from one block to a different through coated and open-air areaways spanning the streets, yet that wasn’t how I entered quantity .