taking another look at a black-market car deal
A stranger is in town, he’s looking for a car, something off the list so to speak and he’s been given the Glenelg phone number of a local man known for his off-the-book car deals.
He rings the number. Prosper answers.
They meet and the deal is done. The stranger has the car and a slip of paper torn from a book Prosper brought with him as his receipt. This is how things are proved to have happened in the underworld.
Prosper’s book is pocket-sized soft-cover copy of the Rubaiyat. Something of Jessica’s, a book she packed with her other effects in 1946 before leaving Sydney for Melbourne and her parent’s safe-haven.
Jessica probably just popped it into the bookshelf when she moved to Moseley Street.
And we’re back to where we started …