My Tuesday Teaser this week is from Run for the Roses, book 1 of Circles.
“So…I can be bait. Let the story out that I saw the whole thing and then when—”
“Oh no. Hell, no. That kind of shit only works in Hollywood. But it does mean we’re going to have to be observant and careful. Anyone starts nosing around asking about you, we’ll have to find somewhere very safe for you to go. I suspect the fact you were following is a detail the cops are keeping quiet to sift out false confessions as well as protect you. We’re going to let them keep right on doing that.”
“But people know. Rod knows, and I never kept it a secret until they asked me to keep quiet about it. People who work here know, and some at the track as well,” Val said. “Am I going to have to start looking over my shoulder?”
“You’re safe. I promise.” Wyatt leaned over and kissed Val’s cheek, then pushed out of the car and turned to wait for Val. “Can you find out what horses Marcus Paulle owned?”
“Yeah, sure. It’s public record,” Val said. He unlocked the office door and pointed to a hallway. “My office is down here. I have some stuff to do here, anyway.”
Once they were inside the office with the door safely shut behind them, Wyatt called Janelle. Val listened to him give her a list of warnings and made her promise to call the police if she so much as felt uncomfortable around someone.
“Not worried at all she might be in danger, are you?” Val looked up from the computer screen and at Wyatt.
“I’m her father—of course I’m worried. I really do think the chances are low, and I can’t do any kind of investigative work from the rehab center. She promised to let the administration know. No one will get in to see her other than you and me, and we’ll have to show ID.” Wyatt pulled up the other chair and sat next to Val at the computer. “Let’s start with horses Marcus Paulle owned.”
Val spent a few minutes searching the records before finding the correct document and bringing it up on the monitor. “Here are all the horses he owned.”
“What are these other names?” Wyatt pointed to the list.
“Racing isn’t cheap. It’s not uncommon for there to be co-owners. Sometimes they’re silent owners, like investors. They don’t have that much to do with the day-to-day racing operations,” Val said. “Paulle was a silent owner, or at least it looks that way.”
Wyatt pointed at the monitor. “Notice whose name keeps popping up with Paulle’s?”
Val nodded. “I noticed. Allen Stein. But Stein is the sole owner of Ramble On. I know that for sure.”
“Janelle said he had several horses. What about the others?” Wyatt asked.
Val did another search. “Looks like Ramble On was his latest acquisition. The others have, or had, silent owners. One silent owner.”
“Let me guess—Marcus Paulle,” Wyatt said. “Is that common?”
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