A fabulous jeweled egg made by Fabergé for the Russian imperial family disappears during an art gallery opening. Does the gallery owner have something to do with the crime? He’s had thefts from his other galleries, a pattern that retired private investigator Errol Seville believes is part of a scam to defraud the insurance company.
“I have to hand it to you . . . This one is a stinker.” In this Shamus-nominated short story, private investigator Jeri Howard sorts out a stinker of a case. A husband and wife are dead – looks like murder-suicide. Who gets the insurance money? It all depends on who died first. But the law prevents a killer or a killer’s heirs from collecting on…
Or maybe the perpetrator is the thief that Errol spots casing the gallery, looking for an opportunity to relieve patrons of their expensive jewels. Has he branched out, stealing priceless objets d’art?
The scam turns bloody when murder enters the picture. Errol may be retired, but in this short story it’s clear that he still has his private eye chops.
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