Eight thirty-seven in the morning, en route from Putney Heath to Piccadilly, first crisis of the day. People push the crisis button in my business like a lab rat pushes a lever to get pellets of food, but this is a big one. Lowell Bardwright was just found hanged by his Hermès tie, his fingers clenched in a death grip around his dick.
Lowell is my boss. Well, not anymore.
“Was it erotic asphyxia?” I asked my assistant.
“Was this some kind of sex game?”
“Oh, I don’t
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