Palm Massacre

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Darko's voice comes hushed and urgent over the phone. I have something for you.

An accident? Fitch asks the Deputy Commissioner. A baby's crying in the background. Fitch asks, How's the kid?

Godwin's fine. But accident? No. Your young American... CID's at the Royal Palm Hotel investigating four dead Obroni. Darko means white foreigner.


It is not known.

Dead how?

Massacre. Wild gunfire.

Does CID have suspects? Witnesses? Anyone in custody?

Can't talk now, Darko whispers. I can meet you at the Palm. But you have to be discreet. It's a drugs case. CID Chief Bonsu himself is there. Four bloody corpses, not African. A load of powder. Coke or heroin, is not yet known.

Fitch hangs up feeling hinky. The cable has Gordon, Jr. traveling from the Palm. And if Bonsu's involved, another crime's about to be committed: cover up.

He calls Poltz and fills the embassy security chief in. Poltz emerges from sleep and rises quickly to rage.

Poltz howls, GPF doesn't know how to investigate! CID's totally corrupt. When this place goes narco, it'll be thanks to CID. Government can't pay what the traffickers pay.

Easy, boss.

I'll meet you at the Palm. Have you called the Peace Corps? Call Mimi Rogers. Tell her I'll stop by for Gordon's photo.

Already pulled it, boss. Fitch feels the storm clouds gathering, an impending confrontation between his boss and the head of CID. Their mutual loathing, come to near blows on earlier cases, already epic in the tabloids.

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