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March 21, 2013
From the files of
JOHN SNYDER, PRIVATE EYE

“Then answer me this, Princess, and make it stick: If Jansen sold Plessig the goods, how did your name end up on the bill of lading?”

“I don’t know, Johnny. I got no idea. Like I said, I never met Plessig. I... I got no interest in that type of merchandise!”

“No?”

“No, Johnny.”

“Oh. Okay. I thought I had that figured out. I thought maybe...”

“What, handsome?”

“Aw, it’s a crazy idea. I thought maybe you offed the professor, switched appointment books with Carlotta, and tricked Jansen into delivering you the emeralds.”

“Me?”

“Yeah. Took a shot, kid. Sorry.”