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No, me neither,’ Carson responded. ‘But I know her father. ’ Laura shrugged, the name didn’t mean anything to her, but she saw the look of surprise on Joe’s face. ’ Joe said. Carson nodded. ’ Joe said. ’ ‘It’s Wednesday today. ’ Laura asked. Joe turned to her. ‘Because it involves calling us,’ he said. ‘Don Roberts will not want us digging into his life. He’s a long-time thug, Blackley’s most violent doorman before he started to run his own gang of bouncers, leasing them out to the clubs. ’ ‘Because he makes a lot of money, and that cannot all come from fixing metal clamps to car wheels.
When Jack started to protest, the shopkeeper jabbed his finger at the paper. ’ Then he returned to whatever had occupied his attention before. Jack turned away, frustrated, and left the shop. He watched the cars heading in and out of the estate. They were mainly old Vauxhalls and Fords, most driven by young men who didn’t look like they could afford the insurance. His phone buzzed in his pocket. When he checked the screen and saw that it was Dolby, he thought about not answering, but he knew he needed to keep on Dolby’s good side.
His client trotted behind him, a red-faced man in a grey suit, his stomach pushing out the buttons, his shoes shiny underneath the pressed hems of his trousers. He wasn’t the usual court customer. Suddenly, Hoyle turned to smile and shake hands with his client, but from the look of regret Hoyle gave, Jack guessed that things hadn’t gone his way. There was the scent of a story, a disgraced professional always gets a column, and so he checked his pocket for his camera; get the picture first, the story later, because the shame sold better if there was a face a neighbour might recognise.