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."'Art history, like any other great discipline, has its own sacred temples: places and moments any self-respecting critic would give his eyeteeth to have attended.The first impressionist exhibition on the Boulevard des Capucines in 1874 was one; the day Braque first saw Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon is another.I am here now to tell you that the Golgotha series of Maurice Vilnius-now on display in his East Village studio-will be another such watershed moment in the history of art.'""At the memorial service yesterday, I thought you said Grove hated Vilnius's stuff," D'Agosta said."And so he did-in years past.But he seems to have suffered a change of heart." Pendergast replaced the paper on the desk with a thoughtful expression."It certainly explains why Vilnius was in such a good mood last night.""We found another, similar article sitting beside his computer," Braskie said, pointing to another sheet on the table."Printed out but not signed.Appears to be by Grove, however."Pendergast picked up the indicated sheet."It's an article to Burlington Magazine , titled 'A Reappraisal of Georges de la Tour’s The Education of the Virgin.'" He glanced over it quickly."It's a short article by Grove retracting his own earlier review, where he labeled the de la Tour painting a forgery." He replaced the sheet."He appears to have changed his mind about a lot of things in his final hours."Pendergast glided along the table, then stopped once again, this time before a sheaf of telephone records."Now, these will be helpful, don't you think, Vincent?" he said, handing them to D'Agosta."Just got the warrant for their release this morning," said Braskie."Clipped to the back are names and addresses and a short identification of each person he called.""Looks like he made a lot of calls on his last day," said D'Agosta, flipping through."He did," said Braskie."To a lot of strange people."D'Agosta turned over the records and looked at the list.It was strange: An international call to Professor Iain Montcalm, New College, Oxford, Medieval Studies Department.Other, local calls to Evelyn Milbanke; Jonathan Frederick.A variety of calls to directory information.After midnight, calls to Locke Bullard, the industrialist; one Nigel Cutforth; and then-even later-the call to Father Cappi."We plan to interview them all.Montcalm, by the way, is one of the world's experts on medieval satanic practices."Pendergast nodded."Milbanke and Frederick were at the last dinner party, and the calls were probably about organizing it.We have no idea why he called Bullard.We don't have any evidence that he ever met the guy.Cutforth is also a cipher.He's some kind of record producer, again no indication that he and Grove ever crossed paths.Yet in both cases, Grove had their private numbers.""What about all these calls to directory information?" D'Agosta asked."He must have called at least a dozen different cities.""As far as we can tell, he was trying to track down somebody by the name of Beckmann.Ranier Beckmann.His Internet search activity bears this out, too."Pendergast laid down a dirty napkin he had been examining."Excellent work, Lieutenant.Do you mind if we interview some of these people as well?""Be my guest."D'Agosta and Pendergast climbed into the agent's Rolls, idling ostentatiously in front of the police station, the driver in full livery.As the powerful vehicle accelerated away from the station, Pendergast slipped a leather notebook from his pocket, opened it to a fresh page, and began making notations with a gold pen."We seem to have an embarrassment of suspects.""Yeah.Like about everyone Grove ever knew.""With the possible exception of Maurice Vilnius.Even so, I suspect the list will shorten itself rather quickly.Meanwhile, we have our work cut out for us tomorrow." He handed the list to D'Agosta."You speak with Milbanke, Bullard, and Cutforth.I'll take Vilnius, Fosco, and Montcalm.And here are some identification cards from the FBI Southern District of Manhattan Field Office.If anybody objects to the questions, give them one of these.""Anything in particular I should be looking for?""Strictly routine police work.We've reached the point in the case where we must regrettably put on those old-fashioned gumshoes.Isn't that how they say it in those detective novels you used to write?"D'Agosta managed a wry smile."Not exactly."{ 10 }Nigel Cutforth, sitting in his Bauhaus-style breakfast nook1,052 feet above Fifth Avenue, lowered the latest issue of Billboard and sniffed the air.What was it with the ventilation in his apartment these past few days? This was the third time that sulfurous stink had come up into his apartment.Twice those yahoos from building maintenance had come up, and twice they'd found nothing.Cutforth slapped down the paper."Eliza!"Eliza was Cutforth's second wife-he'd finally dumped the old bag who had worn herself out bearing him children and found something fresher-and there she stood in the doorway, in her exercise tights, brushing her long blonde hair with her head tilted to one side.Cutforth could hear the crackle of static."There's that smell again," he said."I've got a nose, too," she said, swinging one mass of hair back and pulling another forward.There was a time not so long before when Cutforth liked watching her mess with her hair.Now it was beginning to get on his nerves.She wasted half an hour a day on it, at least.As she continued brushing, Cutforth felt his irritation rise."I paid five and a half mil for this apartment, and it smells like a goddamn science experiment.Why don't you call maintenance?""The phone's right there, next to your elbow."Cutforth didn't care for the tone she was taking with him.She swung the last part of her hair back, shook it out, straightened."I've got my spin workout in fifteen minutes.I'm already late."With that, she vanished from the doorway.Cutforth could hear her banging the hall closet, getting on her tennis shoes.A moment later there was the hum of the elevator in the hall beyond, and she was gone.He stared at the closed door, trying to remind himself that he'd wanted something fresher; that he'd gotten something fresher.Too fucking fresh, in fact.He sniffed again.If anything, the smell was worse.It would be a bitch getting maintenance up here a third time.Building management was useless; they did something only if you yelled loud enough.But there were only two apartments on this floor-the other had been purchased but not yet occupied-and nobody on the other floors had seemed to smell anything.So Cutforth was the only one yelling.He stood up, feeling a prickle of disquiet [ Pobierz całość w formacie PDF ]