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The Naked Beat


"Going somewhere, Jade? And I thought the party was just getting started," I said rather smugly. "Don't leave yet."

I grabbed the Magnum from her hand and tossed it to Jeffrey. Then I pushed her back into the room. Jeffrey had the gun on her, so I slid my borrowed police revolver back in the shoulder holster under my arm.

I snatched the suitcase from her hands, despite her best efforts to thwart that action. I went over to the fireplace and laid the suitcase down flat on the stone hearth.

Then I popped the clasps and opened it up...

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