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It would be unethical. But we’re talking about Van Rawlins. . That girl could go to jail. Of course he should delay the closing arguments. But he won’t. ” CHAPTER 5 Donald Sales held his wife’s hand mirror as far away from himself as he could and critically assessed his mangy blond wig, thick plastic glasses, and the makeup he had applied to lighten his complexion. He was wearing a dark suit. It seemed that until recently, the only time he ever wore a suit was for a funeral. No one would recognize him now.
Halfway down the drive two patrolmen brought the man down like a pair of linebackers. But even the shock of his head hitting the pavement did nothing to take the fight out of him. He bucked the patrolmen up into the air and spun himself around. As he rose, one of the cops took out his baton and struck the back of his neck. As he went down, the big man yanked a revolver out of the other patrolman’s belt. Bolinger was two steps away on a full run when the man jammed the gun into his own mouth. Instinctively, Bolinger dove for the pistol, jamming his fingers between the hammer and the chamber just as the man pulled the trigger.
I’m letting him go,” he said. The lieutenant raised an eyebrow. The father was all they had. They could book him and hold him on charges of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. They didn’t need to let him go anywhere. They could sit on him for another day if they wanted, unless he started barking for a lawyer. But Bolinger cut through all that. He was a man who’d built his reputation on instinct. “He didn’t do it,” Bolinger said. “He’s calmed down now, and if he blows his brains out, then he does.