By Thomas H. Cook
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Fine. ” Reardon nodded, wondering who had taken them, since both parents were at home. But then, he recalled, times were different now; people could be hired to do such things. ” Timothy asked. Reardon nodded. Timothy took a long, dark cigar from his coat pocket and handed it to Reardon. “No, thanks,” Reardon said. “What? ” “Really? ” Associates? thought Reardon. ” “Very well,” Timothy said. “I don’t smoke them, as you know, but I thought you might like it. ” “It would probably be too strong for me, anyway,” Reardon said dryly.
In his youth he had walked the streets in his dark-blue uniform with shining badge as a protector of a wild and famous city. He had not forgotten that what he felt then was a rapture so heedless, asking so little, that even the loss and butchery he saw in the course of his duties could not permanently overwhelm it. He had been a serious protector, one who must love what he protects. He lit a cigarette. The flame gave off a pale, orange aurora in the morning fog. He watched the match burn down almost to his fingertips, then quickly waved it out.
Smith says you want to see me,” Reardon said. Piccolini did not look up. “Sit,” he said. Piccolini did everything with the single-minded purpose and intensity of a worker ant. Details were his passion. He believed that if a social security number was recorded incorrectly it could lead to general disorder. For Piccolini great upheavals were nothing more than the accumulated consequence of millions of smart mistakes. Reardon’s eyes roamed Piccolini’s office. It was a habit of his, looking for evidence even when there was no crime.