By J. A. Jance
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Debi Rush didn’t. She shook her head. “My allergies have been acting up for the I MP RO B AB L E C AU S E / 23 last two months. ” “All right,” I said. “One more time. ” “Like I said before, I called today’s list of patients to confirm their appointments, then I came in here and dusted, the way I always do. I always tried to have the dusting done before Dr. Fred got here. And I put the schedule and today’s files on his desk. Dr. ” I focused on that. In this day and age dusting didn’t sound like something that would still be in any self-respecting dental assistant’s job description.
Dotty evidently wasn’t. Al managed to down the meal with every evidence of gusto. Daisy finished her soup, gulped half a sandwich, and left the table, taking both a pith helmet and a motorcycle hel- I MP RO B AB L E C AU S E / 53 met with her as she rushed out the door. Rachel glanced at her watch. “She’s supposed to be there by two, but she’s always early. ” When Rachel disappeared into the kitchen to serve the coffee, I stuffed the remainder of my tofu sandwich in my jacket pocket. Al caught me in the act and gave me a quick wink just as our hostess returned.
In here, at least. And I polished his desk, too. The whole thing. That’s one of the reasons I got along so well with Dr. Fred. ” “So much for fingerprints,” Big Al grunted under his breath, but I went on with the questions. ” “Shouldn’t they have been refiled? ” “I was going to put them away just as soon 24 / J. A . J A NCE as I set up Dr. Fred’s tray. That’s when I found him, and I—” She broke off suddenly, too overcome by emotion to continue. I glanced at Big Al, who looked disgusted. He doesn’t have a very high tolerance for tears.