Red Penny, Penelope Fallon, Chief of Casino Security, and I go over the facts: “The late Scott Hadley buys into the Midnight Game, a $500-$1,000 limit hold’em table, and bets a quarter of a million dollars on a poker hand he never looked at until…”
“Someone else was declared the winner.”
“And when he did finally look at his cards…”
“He knew he had won.”
“But instead of turning over his winning hand…”
“He started a fatal shootout.”
“Which means that we have just re-opened Detective Rook’s ‘open and shut’ murder case.
“Penelope, I want you to use your MasterKeyCard so we can search the Hadleys’ room.”
“The Strippers have already searched 13-125.”
“No. They went to the room to find Mrs. Hadley. Not finding her there, they left.”
“What is it that you think they missed?”
“Nothing? Everything? I don’t know. That’s why I want to search.”
“It’s against the rules of the Majestic to enter a guest room.”
“Penelope, I broke the “Thou Shall Not Kill” Commandment three hours ago. If you won’t report me to God, I won’t report you to Management.
“I…” Red Penny hesitates. I wait. Good cops play by the rules. Smart cops play around them. This is her call. For the first time tonight Red Penny smiles, “Let’s go.”
Red Penny knocks on 13-125’s door. “Mrs. Hadley? Majestic Security. Mrs. Hadley?” No answer. Red Penny takes out her MasterKeyCard. We enter the Hadleys’ suite. I take the living room, the desk is piled with paperwork. Red Penny searches the bed and bathrooms.
At the end Red Penny and I compare notes. “On the desk,” I tell Red Penny, “Mr. Hadley’s left us a paperwork trail. It took him three days, Wednesday through Friday, to raise the $250,000 he put into the Midnight Game. He maxed out his MasterCard and Visa, and drained his checking, savings, brokerage, and retirement accounts. All wired,” I hold up a Majestic ligaz11 Casino Statement, “to the Casino Cage.” I continue, …