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He requested. ‘Pouring, sir. speculated to stick with it until eventually Friday. ’ Brunetti picked up his raincoat and placed it on, regretting that he hadn’t worn his boots final evening. He had was hoping so that it will return domestic and feature a bath earlier than going to the Questura, however it will be mad to stroll to the opposite facet of the town, no longer while he used to be so on the subject of his place of work. along with, a number of coffees will be simply pretty much as good. That proved to not be the case, and by the point he received as much as his workplace, he was once cranky and prepared for hassle. That got here after just a couple of hours, whilst he bought a decision from the Vice-Questore, telling him to come back right down to his place of work. Signorina Elettra was once now not at her table, and so Brunetti went into Patta’s place of work with no the forewarning she frequently supplied. This morning, sleepless, grainy-eyed, and with an excessive amount of espresso in his abdominal, he didn’t care the least bit no matter if he had that caution or now not. ‘I’ve had an alarming dialog with my lieutenant,’ Patta stated with out preamble. At the other time, Brunetti may have taken quiet, sardonic pride in Patta’s unintended admission of what the whole Questura knew – Lieutenant Scarpa was once Patta’s creature – yet this morning he used to be dulled via sleeplessness and so slightly famous the pronoun. ‘Did you pay attention me, Brunetti? ’ Patta requested. ‘Yes, sir. yet i locate it tough to visualize what kind of factor may possibly alarm the lieutenant. ’ Patta driven himself again in his chair. ‘Your behaviour, for one thing,’ Patta shot again. ‘What specific a part of my behaviour, sir? ’ Brunetti spotted that the Vice-Questore used to be wasting his tan. And his persistence. ‘For this campaign you appear to be launching opposed to Holy mom Church, for one thing,’ Patta stated after which stopped, as though able himself of listening to the exaggeration within the declare. ‘Specifically, sir? ’ Brunetti requested, rubbing his palm alongside the part of his jaw and studying a place he had ignored whilst he shaved with the electrical razor he stored in his table. ‘With your persecution of fellows who put on the material. With the violence of your behaviour towards the mummy improved of the Order of the Sacred pass. ’ Patta stopped right here, as though anticipating the seriousness of those accusations to sink in. ‘And with my asking questions about Opus Dei? Is that on Lieutenant Scarpa’s checklist, to boot? ’ ‘Who informed you approximately that? ’ Patta requested. ‘I think that, if the Lieutenant is creating a normal checklist of my excesses, that might definitely be on it. particularly if, as i feel, the orders for him to take action come from Opus Dei. ’ Patta slammed his hand down on his table. ‘Lieutenant Scarpa takes his orders from me, Commissario. ’ ‘Am I to take it, then, that you just too are a member? ’ Patta pulled his chair in the direction of the table and leaned over it, towards Brunetti. ‘Commissario, I’m uncertain that it is a position the place you're the one to invite questions. ’ Brunetti shrugged. ‘Do i've got your consciousness, Commissario Brunetti? ’ Patta requested. ‘Yes, sir,’ Brunetti acknowledged in a voice which, to his shock, he didn't have to fight to make point and calm. He didn’t care approximately any of this, unexpectedly felt himself freed from Patta and Scarpa.