“Listen, Steve, withholding information will help neither you nor I in any way, and I can’t help you if you don’t place your cards face up on the table,” Tony advised, looking directly into Steve’s eyes.

“We were arguing about personal stuff.  More than that, I am not at liberty to say.”  Steve paused then continued, “What we were arguing about has no bearing on why or who murdered dad.”

“You have to let the judge decide who or what has bearing on the case.  I urge you in the strongest possible terms to talk to me,” Tony replied, looking into the lad’s eyes.

“We had an argument, that’s all,” Steve said, staring at the floor.  “If you have nothing more, let me go back to my cell.”

“Not so soon, son. How would you describe the relationship between you and your dad?”

“We weren’t getting along if that’s what you mean.  We had contradicting points of view.  He saw the cup half-empty, I saw it half-full.  He didn’t respect other people’s opinion and always thought he was right,” Steve elaborated.

Tony nodded. “Did your father have enemies, anybody you think would want him dead?”

“Not to my knowledge.  I don’t have the faintest idea why anybody would want him dead,” Steve replied without hesitation.

“That will be all for now. If you feel you have anything more to tell me, you can speak to Inspector Mike. He knows where to find me.”  Tony got up and went out of the office to inform Inspector Mike that he was done with Steve.  He met his friend discussing politics with Larry and Paddy.  He smiled at them and said, “I see you guys are getting along.”

They looked up at him.  Inspector Mike smiled. “Oh yeah, a nice pair you’ve got here.”

“You bet,” said Tony,  then he told Mike he was done with Steve.  Inspector Mike ordered the cop to take Steve back to his cell.  Tony thanked Mike, gave him his number, and told him to contact him if new information was uncovered or if Steve wished to see him.  They walked back to Inspector Mike’s office where Tony took the case file he had left on Mike’s desk, shook hands with Mike, and exchanged goodbyes.  Tony informed Mike that he would be staying in one of the hotels in town, but he was not sure which one so he promised to call him to let him know.

On his way out, he stopped at the reception, looked at the lady cop and asked, “Cutie, have you got good news for me?”

She gave him a tired look and said, “One day you will go off like that and lose some teeth.”

“Don’t be a Prophet of doom,” Tony replied.

“Are we leaving or not?” Paddy yelled at Tony.

Tony looked at Paddy and asked, “Hey dude, are you the one solving this case?”

“Let’s get out of here Tony,” Larry added.

Tony whispered to the lady cop, “In case you change your mind, Mike has my number,” and headed for the gate.  Larry and Paddy followed him grumbling.



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