Part NINE can be found here: EUROPE
Pete threw his jacket over his shoulder and rushed down to the morgue in the basement, where he found Matt (Matthew P Corbin), the coroner up to his elbows in another suspicious death.
“Matt?” Pete said pressing the intercom to speak to the coroner in his ‘theatre’.
Matt waved for Pete to come in. “What’s up?” he asked as Pete came through the double doors and maintained a respectful distance from the latest addition to Matt’s morgue.
“This Svetlana woman,” Pete began.
“Body’s already been handed over to the Ruskies,” Matt told him.
“Yeah, I know. I’ve got some SOCO photos here,” Pete said, not giving away the fact that they were actually his photos.”And I thought we could compare notes, as I’ve a question that could change things.”
“Hang on a sec, I’m pretty much done here. Let me clean up a bit and we’ll go through to the office. Sam…” Matt called his assistant and started to wash off his hands.
In Matt’s overcrowded and paper-strewn office Pete laid out a couple of photos on Matt’s desk. “Take a look at these and tell me what you think.” he prompted.
Matt picked up the photos and started to study them. “Any hints?” he asked.
“I don’t want to lead you into my thoughts.” Pete replied smiling. It was something Matt had often thrown at him when he didn’t see something and asked for help.
“Okay, got it.” Matt smiled triumphantly. “And you’re right it could change everything. Hang on.” He turned to his computer screen and brought up the postmortem images. “I had a feeling something wasn’t right here, but couldn’t put my finger on it. Now with these photos and checking against mine,” he turned the screen towards Pete to show closer images of Svetlana’s dead hands.
“Exactly,” Pete said. “They’re working hands,They’re not the hands of some sit on her arse Russian princess.”
“I’d say you are spot on. I think we have a case of mistaken, or swapped identities.This woman’s hands show signs of hard work, and the nails aren’t as perfect as one would expect from the Russian and Italian elite.” Matt concurred.
“But why swap? and it has to be a swap if the body was identified incorrectly.” Pete asked.
“That’s your job,” Matt turned the question back to Pete. “Perhaps someone needed to disappear.”