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I’ll talk to Shirley, andmaybe we can get themto paymy bill.” I was thinking on my feet but didn’t forget about collect-


ing the fee. TheWilliamses left, reconciled – Paul Manning, marriage counselor – and I sat back to think about how to approach this.


I should pay for the permits in cash. If I did, my company would get a big discount and I would get a ‘finder’s fee,’


Parking –what’swith parking?There’s nomoney in parking.


It’s, what, 50 cents a day?What’s all the fuss? I was pondering this dilemma when the phone rang. It was Shirley. “Paul, get over here right away.We have a problem, and


my boss wants to hire you. There’s been an incident in our parking garage.” “What kind of incident?” “I’mnot sure; it’s happening right now. I called the police,


but Larry said to call you, too. He wants to be on top of the situation.”


Shirley’s building was only a block away. I grabbed my hat


and ran out the office door.There were flashing lights and black- and-whites all over the place. In the midst of it all, I saw my former boss, BillVose of the


LosAngeles Police Department, shaking his head. “Gosh,Manning, a shooting and you aren’t the first on the


scene. Slipping?” “Good morning to you too, Bill.” I was preparing a smart


rejoinder when I looked down at the body. The last time I saw himwas 20minutes agowhen hewas holding a gun onme inmy office. I looked up and there was his wife – a police officer on each side, a gun at her feet. Oh boy, what had I gottenmyself into this time?


To be continued… PT


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