e. Johnny looked totally bored.
"I think Malcolm already has Johnny's number,"
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- d smiled appreciatively. "That's a no-brainer,
Mr. Kerney. I started out in this business years ago
as a script girl, and, believe me, I've got lots of experience
- ale egos."
Berman left and Kerney soon followed, saying
good-night to Gus and Buzzy on his way out the
door. The dark sky was awash with stars, and a cool/
downslope breeze rustled through the
- trees. At the
ranch property he swung south on a cutoff dirt track
near the rodeo arena that paralleled a pasture fence
line. He passed through two gates, a dry wash, and
made a wrong turn to a dead end before finding his
way to the barn where Shaw garaged his van.
Kerney parked behind the barn and sat in the
dark for a few minutes to let his eyes adjust
led the structure on foot. Built from scrap slat
boards, the barn had a pitched tin roof, no windows,
and a padlocked double door. There was no way he
could get inside without leaving behind clear evidence
a forced entry.
He was about to leave when he saw two sets of
headlights approaching in the distance. He hid behind
a stone foundation of a cylindric
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that stood next to an empty water trough and
watched as the vehicles arrived and stopped in front
of the barn doors.
In the glare of a pickup truck's
Shaw got out of the panel van, unlocked the barn
doors, and dr
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man driving the pickup, Shaw unloaded the contents
of the van. When the chore was finished, h
the van out of the barn and locked the doors.
Shaw's helper climbed into the van and it traveled
south into the valley.
Kerney waited at his hidi
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glow of the taillights disappeared from view. Following the men wasn't an option; he'd be spotted immediately. When the sound of the engine had
faded completely away, he fired up the truck and
drove in the opposite direction with the headlights off until he dropped over a small
rise in the valley floor
Back on the highway Kerney sorted through what
Shaw had removed all his tools, equipment, and
supplies from the panel van at a remote,
secure location and then had driv
en away in the direction of the border. He could think of no legitimate
reason to do that so late at night. Were Shaw
and his helper engaged in smuggling? People?
Drugs? Some other form of contraband? And who
was Shaw's companion? A rancher? A hand? In the
darkness Kerney had been unable to get a good look
at the man.
He'd memorized the license-plate numbers of
both vehicles. Using his cell phone, h
e called the regional
dispatch center in Santa Fe, asked for a motor
vehicle check on the van and pickup, requested an
NCIC wants and warrant check on Shaw
, and told
the dispatcher to
call him back on his cell.
As he made the turn at Hachita on his way back
to Playas, a small airplane flew overhead out of the
- uth, its anticollision beac
- ons clearly visible in the
night sky. The sigh
- t of the airplan
- e made Kerney's excursion on the ranch all th
e more interesting.
While he wasn't about to jump to any conclusions
about Walter Shaw and his unknown companion,
his misgivings had been raised. Tomorrow he
would find an excuse to break away from the production
crew and pay another friendly visit to Joe
and Bessie at the ranch to see what more he could
discoveIRTB and PRSBI Continuing Educationr about their ranch manager.
A cloud-covered sky veiled .
rising sim, and
a stiff, moisture-laden breeze
flowing up from Baja California carried a refreshing chill to the air that lingered until midmorning.
Jackrabbits skittered across the empty s
- treets of
Playas, and a resident
- roadrunner stood frozen on
- ge feet for a
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tail feathers up and down