Oh joy, Anita is being questioned by the police. Wonderful. A chapter full of her disrespect and contempt for the police. Just what I need.
I sat in a straight-backed chair at a small, scarred table in an interrogation room. Oh, sorry, interview room. That’s what they were calling it now.
Oh, shut up Anita.
Dolph Storr and Catherine, as Anita’s lawyer, are stood with her protecting Anita from mean old Detective Branswell. Can’t a girl kill someone and just get away with it, no questions asked?
Detective Branswell sat across from us. He was in this mid-thirties, black hair, dark complected, with eyes as black as his hair. His name was English, but he looked Mediterranean, like he’d just stepped off the olive boat.
um… okay, me and Cecilia couldn’t decide where on the xenophobic scale the phrase ‘just stepped off the olive boat’ could be placed exactly. We both think it’s racially insensitive and it does sound like a slur against Greek people, but it’s hard to qualify slurs against Caucasians because, you know, white privilege. So I would appreciate some input on this.
Branswell is questioning Anita for a second time about what she was doing.
“But why did you go to your apartment?”
“I was going to get a screwdriver to help install the television.”
“You keep a lot of tools, Ms. Blake?” He wrote something on his notepad. I was betting it was a doodle.
I remember you saying that in the last book, Anita. And is it just me, but does it sound like he’s accusing her of being a lesbian? I mean, why would you ask a woman if she kept tools? I keep tools. It’s just good sense. If something breaks, I want to be able to fix it.
Anita tells Branswell about how she shot the dead guy through the door and he asks if she knew him. Catherine intervenes to remind him how helpful Anita is. Branswell points out that the dead assassin, Jimmy the Shotgun, has a long rap sheet and is known for killing people cheaply and messily. But he’s going to recommend justifiable homicide and warns Anita to stop bitching about when she’ll get her gun back.
Branswell says that Anita is a good person to have in a crisis (HA!) and that gives her slack – but not a lot of slack. That slack will run out if she shoots up any innocent bystanders. That is how he actually puts it.
Dolph asks for the truth but Ms Catherine Maison-Gillette (what) says that Anita can’t tell him anything cause he’s a cop. She’s not a bad lawyer and this was a dull chapter.