Alfred the Innocent
I had Boxall in the middle of this mystery from the start, thinking that Harkness’ over-detailed description of their old relationship as told to Detective Canney might have been rehearsed. I mean Verse 70? Who thought that one up?
But no more.
If you were to believe, or even consider the slip and the book were meant to be used as a means of covert recognition then you will have to replace Boxall with another man and insert him into the narrative at the chosen time – about dusk on the night of November 30th – and in the chosen place. I’m thinking the bench occupied by Strapps and Neill would have been a fair choice, being out of sight of the road. But how would he have known that? And Keane, who told him where to go?
Harkness knew Keane personally and the other man had her phone number.
Trouble was Keane, being new to Adelaide got his beaches mixed up and got into a bit of a tangle with Adelaide’s transport system, ended up at Henley Beach by mistake. Or so the tickets left in his pocket say.
No ID, no luggage office stub, no train ticket stub, no ration book, no suitcase key, no folding money, no door keys … no matches .. everything of consequence gone but the tickets.