A rookie de­tec­tive re­ports

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The call came through at 2 a.m. When we ar­rived, the uni­forms (N. Am.) had al­ready cor­doned off the crime scene. Even in the night, a small crowd of on­look­ers had gath­ered, try­ing to get a glimpse of the body ly­ing in the car park. “A young male, around 20. The coro­ner’s on his way,” said one of the scene-ofcrime of­fi­cers by way of greet­ing. Pulling on a pair of gloves, In­spec­tor Forbes crouched down next to the body. “Well, no need for a post-mortem to de­ter­mine

the cause of death, I’d say,” she re­marked, point­ing to the knife ly­ing next to the vic­tim. “He’s ob­vi­ously been stabbed.”

“We’ve had lots of gang-re­lated in­ci­dents in the area lately, ma’am,” the SOCO said. “It’s a rough neigh­bour­hood.”

An­other of­fi­cer was bag­ging and tag­ging var­i­ous pieces of ev­i­dence. “Any clue to his iden­tity?” the in­spec­tor asked. “None so far, ma’am. But I’ve man­aged to tape-lift some hair sam­ples that are ob­vi­ously not the vic­tim’s. Oh, and we may have an eye­wit­ness,” he added. “The neigh­bour who called 999 says she saw a car speed away, and she wrote down the li­cence num­ber.”

“Not bad,” said In­spec­tor Forbes. “I wouldn’t mind an open-and-shut case for a change.”

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