Everyone, victim or witness, acknowledged murder was inevitable. But perhaps it was O'Donohue's prophecy that delayed the inevitable. His words were quiet yet carried with them a glimpse of the truth: "Mrs McGinley, Anna will always haunt you. You know that."
Strange, thought Mickey, how, with death as close as ticks to a clock, I think of something weird to say.
But it did seem that what he'd said had made Lucy think. And Mickey admitted to himself, as if he were pointing out something to an interested observer, that he had no idea why he'd said what he did.