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Chapter 19. Hamilton, Conn

about Neon Blue or Girl, unlockedEddie Stosik and Miss Humboldt," Father Pollack said at the rectory door. "What are you doing here at this hour?"

"Found this man in Father Joe's apartment," Eddie said.

Pollack seemed shocked: "Why, it's Father Binder." Binder cleared his throat. "Would you kindly tell this gentleman to put his gun away?"

They trooped into the spacious rectory parlor amid the stale, cold aroma of some evening affair, perhaps a potluck. "Ahem!" said a man.

Eddie jumped. "Chief!" A portly white-haired man in hunting flannels stepped from the kitchen, stirring hot milk and honey. "Blue, meet Chief Francis Murphy, my boss."

Murphy shook her hand. "I know about you, my dear." She wondered if that was good or bad.

Binder said, "I'm an accounting prof at Fairfield U."

"A Jesuit," Pollack muttered under his breath.

"Every little while, I get an unusual auditing job."

"We're onto more than debits tonight," Murphy said.

"We all are concerned," Pollack said, "with about three thousand dollars missing from the roof repair fund, which is one thing, but also with Father Joseph Travignan's eternal soul."

Blue kept her feelings deeply stored apart in separate boxes, and she made sure the padlocks were tightly locked


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