A Prospect of Vengeance by Anthony Price

By Anthony Price

David Audley no 18

The evacuation of Philip Masson's physique close to Mrs Griffin's cottage resurrects a number of previous ghosts that ship the journalists scurrying to dig of their clippings information. Rumours, matured with the passing years for the reason that Masson's 'disappearance' long ago in 1978, once again abound. however the investigative group of Ian Robinson and Jenny Fielding are already on a path of discovery that leads again to the top of the Wilson/Callaghan period. Jenny has overheard a grasp of gossip at an embassy get together which turns out to implicate British Intelligence's David Audley within the unique cover-up of Masson's dying . . . and Jenny has a private curiosity in that affair. however it isn't really till the labyrinthine trails come jointly on a Spanish battlefield that Jenny learns why it's that Philip Masson needed to die....

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Everyone shopped in either the Old Town stores below Lombard or the upscale ones above it. Both were higher-rent districts. Only motels excelled on the commercial thoroughfare where I’d opened Brodie Antiques. But the affluent drove by daily, as did the moneyed of Marin and beyond. My business needed exposure and word of mouth, not walk-in traffic, so I settled on this busy thoroughfare, and slowly Abers and I were building a clientele.

I took a deep breath to settle my nerves. Then I saw the mother’s death mask. A tortured face. Despairing. Aware, in the last seconds of life, of the horror playing out around her. The sight left me breathless and depleted. Maybe I wasn’t up to this. My limbs grew leaden. Ramming my fists into the pockets of my jeans, I gritted my teeth to restrain my fury. One minute the family was strolling through Japantown, the next they faced darkness and death in a foreign land. Not a trace of the thief but he left behind the peaceful stillness of the Okazaki Hills Years ago, long before we married, Mieko had whispered those words in my ear to ease the pain of my own mother’s passing, my second encounter with the poem.

When I approached the Japanese police in Hiroshima, I received a sympathetic but condescending reception. No one could recall such an incident or had heard of an unreadable kanji. Besides, they told me, hundreds of parks dotted the suburban landscape. Reluctantly, they allowed me to fill out the appropriate paperwork, then quietly ushered me to the exit with endless bows and an assurance that they would be in touch if something turned up. Nothing turned up. The LAPD didn’t bother with paperwork; they just laughed me out the door.

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