By Christine Barber
Overdue on a Monday evening, editor Lucy Newroe solutions the telephone within the Capital Tribune newsroom. The caller is the infamous Scanner Lady---an nameless aged tipster whose pastime is to cell the newspaper with gossip from her police scanner. The outdated girl tells Lucy she heard Santa Fe law enforcement officials discussing a lifeless physique. but if Lucy exams out the end, she discovers Scanner woman has been killed. She attempts to enlist the aid of Detective Gil Montoya, yet his brain is on one other dying. He has simply been passed the case of Melissa Baca, a seventh-grade instructor whose physique was once thrown off the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Over the process the following few days, as Lucy and Gil seek out the culprits in every one homicide, they observe their instances are intertwined within the such a lot intimate ways. wealthy with info of recent Mexico and the people who stay there, The substitute baby is definitely the right novel for an individual who has fallen in love with the Southwest that Tony Hillerman defined so artfully in his Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee mysteries.
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M. M. page deadline. But a story involving the possible investigation of a police officer and a dead body was something else. Getting that story during working hours was a chore; this late at night, it was next to impossible. Lucy was too anxious to sit. She walked over to the copy-desk side of the newsroom and watched the editors design the pages for tomorrow’s paper. Across the office, she heard Tommy unleashing his phone charm. He must have been talking to a female police dispatcher: he was laughing a lot—a teasing, swinging laugh.
Well, Ms. Newroe, I’m looking at the reports from last night and I don’t see anything unusual. ” She felt him trying to rush her out of the office with his tone and manners. She didn’t like it. He kept typing at his computer. After a few minutes, he said, “I’m sorry, I still don’t see anything. ” “That’s all I know,” Lucy said. ” “I’d love to, but she never gives her name. We just call her Scanner Lady,” Lucy said. She still felt the urge to mess with him somehow. She wanted a reaction from him.
A blast of cold air hit her and she pulled her coat tighter around her. It was sunny out, of course, as always. She smelled the sweet piñon smoke coming from the Martinezes’ chimney across the street. She looked over at the Sangre de Cristo Mountains just peeking over the top of her neighbors’ house. The mountains were slipping in and out of the morning shadows. Santa Fe Baldy was white capped but the lower elevations still had no snow even in January. Through her hangover, Lucy navigated her way to her mailbox across the street, her high heels clicking happily over the pavement.
The Replacement Child: A Mystery by Christine Barber