New Orleans, Louisiana
“Would you care for a drink?” Clayton Gichaud’s sun-spotted hand trembled as he reached for the Macallan single malt. His silver hair lent an air of gravitas to fleshy jowls and a red-veined nose. “I’m afraid you might need one.”
Private investigator Dominic Grey declined the offer. His green eyes, always alert, swept the wood-paneled sitting room. Two open doorways led to the interior of the mansion, and a pair of towering sash windows overlooked St. Charles Avenue.
Grey’s employer, Professor of Religious Phenomenology Viktor Radek, was seated in an armchair next to Grey. Viktor eyed the cabinet of expensive liquor and looked away. “No thank you,” he said, with his clipped Slavic accent. “But you’ve piqued my curiosity – a difficult feat.”
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