"What d'you mean?" she asked in a puzzled tone.
"Does Nick do a lot of the liaising with city officials? Building inspectors, city planners, things like that?"
"Almost exclusively," she said quickly. "That's why I hired him. I didn't have time for all that."
"Did approvals seem to get quicker after Nick began handling that?"
"As a matter of fact, they did. I just thought he was really efficient," she said.
"I'm also assuming you began getting the inside track on what areas of the city were the next to be developed."
There was silence and then, "Yes, we did."