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“That’s it?”

“That’s enough, isn’t it?”

“Why would Olivas and O’Shea do this?”

“The oldest reasons in the book. Money and power. And the Garland family has plenty of both.”

“Anthony Garland was the person of interest on Gesto, right? The guy who got the court orders keeping you away.”

“Yeah, until Olivas and O’Shea used Waits to convince me otherwise.”

“You got anything besides what Waits said in there?”

Bosch shook his head.

“Not much. I traced twenty-five thousand in contributions to O’Shea’s campaign back to T. Rex Garland’s lawyers and oil company. But it was all done legally. It proves a connection, nothing else.”

“Twenty-five seems cheap to me.”

“It is. But the twenty-five is all we know about. We do some digging and there’ll probably be more.”

“You tell all of this to McDonald and his crew?”

“Only what Waits told me in there. I didn’t tell them about the contributions. Only what Waits said.”

“You think they’ll go after Maury Swann for this?”

Bosch thought a moment before answering.

“Not a chance. Whatever was said between them was privileged information. Besides that, nobody would go after him based on the word of a dead madman like Waits.”

Pratt kicked the ground. He had nothing else to say or ask.

“Look, Top, I’m sorry about this,” Bosch said. “About not being up-front with you on what I was doing, the home duty and everything.”

Pratt waved it off.

“It’s okay, man. You got lucky. You ended up doing some good and taking out the bad guy. What am I going to say to that?”

Bosch nodded his thanks.

“Besides, I’m coasting,” Pratt continued. “Another three weeks and you’ll be someone else’s problem. He can decide what to do with you.”

Whether Kiz Rider came back or not, Bosch didn’t want to leave the unit. He’d heard that David Lambkin, the new top coming up from RHD, was a good man to work for. Bosch hoped when all of this shook out, he’d still be part of the Open-Unsolved Unit.

“Holy shit!” Pratt whispered.

Bosch followed his eyes to a car that had just parked on the perimeter near where the media trucks were and the reporters were setting up for standups and sound bites. Rick O’Shea was getting out of the passenger side. Bosch felt the bile immediately rise in his throat. He made a move to walk toward the prosecutor but Pratt caught his arm.

“Harry, take it easy.”

“What the fuck is he doing here?”

“It’s his case, man. He can come if he wants. And you better play it cool. Don’t show your hand with him or you might never be able to get to him.”

“And what, meantime he does his dance in front of the cameras and turns this into another campaign commercial? Bullshit. What I ought to do is go over there and kick his ass right in front of the cameras.”

“Yeah, that would be real smart, Harry. Very subtle. That will help the situation a lot.”

Bosch broke free of Pratt’s grasp but simply stepped over and leaned against one of the police cars. He folded his arms and kept his head down until he was calmer. He knew Pratt was right.

“Just keep him away from me.”

“That will be kind of hard because he’s coming right to you.”

Bosch looked up just as O’Shea and the two men that made up his entourage got to him.

“Detective Bosch, are you okay?”

“Never better.”

Bosch kept his arms folded across his chest. He didn’t want one of his hands getting loose and involuntarily taking a swing at O’Shea.

“Thank you for what you have done here today. Thank you for saving the young woman.”

Bosch just nodded while looking down at the ground.

O’Shea turned to the men with him and to Pratt, who had remained nearby in case he had to pull Bosch off the prosecutor.

“Could I speak to Detective Bosch alone?”

O’Shea’s minions walked off. Pratt hesitated until Bosch nodded to him, telling him everything was cool. Bosch and O’Shea were left to themselves.

“Detective, I’ve been briefed on what Waits-or, I should say, Foxworth-revealed to you in the tunnel.”

“Good.”

“I hope you do not give any credence to what an admitted and confirmed serial killer would say about the men who were prosecuting him, especially one who cannot even be here to defend himself?”

Bosch stepped away from the patrol car’s fender and finally dropped his arms to his sides. His hands were balled into fists.

“You’re talking about your pal Olivas?”

“Yes, I am. And I can tell by your posture that you actually believe what Foxworth allegedly told you.”

“Allegedly? What, now I’m the one making it up?”

“Someone is.”

Bosch leaned a few inches toward him and spoke in a low voice.

“O’Shea, get away from me. I might hit you.”

The prosecutor took a step backwards as if he had already been punched.

“You’re wrong, Bosch. He was lying.”

“He was confirming what I already knew before I even went into that tunnel. Olivas was dirty. He put the entry in the murder book that falsely tied Raynard Waits to Gesto. He went out there and marked a trail for Waits to follow and lead us to the body. And he wouldn’t have done any of it without somebody telling him to do it. He wasn’t that kind of guy. He wasn’t smart enough.”

O’Shea stared at him for a long moment. The implication in Bosch’s words was clear.

“I can’t dissuade you from this bullshit, can I?”

Bosch looked at him and then looked away.

“Dissuade? Not a chance. And I don’t care what it does or doesn’t do for the campaign, Mr. Prosecutor. Those are the undisputed facts and I don’t need Foxworth or what he said to prove them.”

“Then, I guess I’ll have to appeal to a higher authority than you.”

Bosch took half a step closer to him. This time he really got into his space.

“You smell that? You smell that on me? That’s the fucking putrid smell of death. I’ve got it all over me, O’Shea. But at least I can wash it off.”

“What is that supposed to mean?”

“Whatever you want it to mean. Who’s your higher authority? You going to call T. Rex Garland up in his shiny office?”

O’Shea took a deep breath and shook his head in confusion.

“Detective, I don’t know what happened to you in that tunnel but you aren’t making much sense.”

Bosch nodded.

“Yeah, well, it will make sense soon enough. Before the election, that’s for sure.”

“Help me out, Bosch. What exactly am I missing here?”

“I don’t think you’re missing anything. You know it all, O’Shea, and before it’s all over, so will the whole wide world. Somehow, some way, I’m going to take down you and the Garlands and everybody else who had a part in this. Count on it.”

Now O’Shea took a step toward Bosch.

“Are you saying that I did this, that I set all of this up, for T. Rex Garland?”

Bosch started laughing. O’Shea was the consummate actor to the end.

“You’re good,” he said. “I’ll give you that. You’re good.”

“T. Rex Garland is a valid contributor to my campaign. Up-front and legal. How you can tie that into-”

“Then, why the fuck didn’t you mention he was a valid and legal contributor when I brought up his son the other day and told you he was my suspect on Gesto?”

“Because it would have complicated things. I have never met or even spoken to either of the Garlands. T. Rex contributed to my campaign. So what? The guy spreads money through every election in the county. For me to bring it up at that point would have been to invite your suspicion. I didn’t want that. Now I see I have it anyway.”

“You are so full of shit. You-”

“Fuck you, Bosch. There is no connection.”

“Then, we’ve got nothing else to say.”

“Yes, we do. I’ve got something to say. Take your best shot with this bullshit and we’ll see who comes out at the end still standing.”

He turned and walked away, barking an order to his men. He wanted a telephone with a secured line. Bosch wondered who the first call would go to, T. Rex Garland or the chief of police.

Bosch made a snap decision. He would call Keisha Russell and turn her loose. He would tell her she was clear to look into those campaign contributions Garland had funneled to O’Shea. He put his hand into his pocket and then remembered that his phone was still somewhere in the garage. He walked that way and stopped at the yellow tape that was strung across the now fully opened door behind the white van.

Cal Cafarelli was in the garage, directing the forensic analysis of the scene. She had a breathing-filter mask down around her neck. Bosch could tell by her face that she had been to the macabre scene at the end of the tunnel. And she would never be the same again. He waved her over.

“How’s it going, Cal?”

“It’s going about as well as you’d expect after seeing something like that.”

“Yeah. I know.”

“We’re going to be here long into the night. What can I do for you, Harry?”

“Have you found a cell phone somewhere in here? I lost my phone when things started happening.”

She pointed to the floor near the front tire of the van.

“Is that it over there?”

Bosch looked over and saw his phone lying on the concrete. The red message light was blinking. He noticed that someone had circled it on the concrete with chalk. That was not good. Bosch didn’t want his phone inventoried as evidence. He might never get it back.

“Can I get it back? I need it.”

“I’m sorry, Harry. Not yet. This place hasn’t been photographed. We’re starting with the tunnel and moving out from there. It will be a while.”

“Then how about if you give it to me and I use it right here and then I give it back when it’s time to take photos. It looks like I’ve got messages waiting.”

“Harry, come on.”

He knew that his suggestion would break about four rules of evidence.

“Okay, just let me know when I can get it back. Hopefully before the battery’s dead.”

“You got it, Harry.”

He turned away from the garage and saw Rachel Walling walking toward the yellow tape that delineated the outside perimeter of the crime scene. There was a federal cruiser there and a man in a suit and sunglasses was waiting for her. She had apparently called for a ride.

Bosch trotted toward the tape, calling her name. She stopped and waited for him.

“Harry,” she said. “Are you all right?”

“I am now. How about you, Rachel?”

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