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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 …

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  1. Thedude747 #

    On balance the black market theory ticks more boxes If he’s a former lover what’s with the tool kit? If they were spy’s they were the worst we’ve seen since Maxwell smart and 99 were sworn in by the chief of Control in 1961.
    The black market theory provides feasible explanations for all the loose ends.

    The book and slip as explained above. Tick

    The tool kit . Every item as a specific use in entering starting and disguising required in professional car theft. Tick

    The anonymity and secretive behaviour of all the main players. Tick

    The lack of any obvious means of returning to Melbourne or Broken Hill. He was going to be acquiring his transport in Adelaide . Tick

    The code could well have been a one off pad designed to be used in NP s version of the black market deal with the book planted as proof of original ownership “just see here I have the missing slip and a copy of the random letters scrawled into the back of that book.”


    September 8, 2017
  2. You haven’t ticked off Mr Francis.

    September 8, 2017
  3. Thedude747 #

    Nick P has Francis bang to rights on the black market theory.

    September 8, 2017
  4. Which was how Feltus wrote it, right?

    September 8, 2017
  5. Thedude747 #

    Feltus aint haven a bad word said about “Francis” last I heard.

    September 8, 2017
  6. I have lunch every Tuesday with a man who spent 15 years in the NSW police force, and he, much like your friends in the car business, has made me wise in the ways of his profession. GF wrote what he was obliged to write about ‘Francis,’ and it is inconceivable to think he gave any clues as to who the real Francis was.

    September 8, 2017
  7. Thedude747 #

    Lets face it even if the penny dropped for Feltus after a conversation with Nick re black market connections to the SM case , “Francis ” or anything he may read online he’s gonna play a straight bat and keep the cards well and truly close to his chest.

    September 8, 2017

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