former girlfriend told Borgetti that Señora Zaldiviar suffered from
dementia. She was trying to explain that her son was not an evil
person. Borgetti told them the problem was that Julio Zamora has
disappeared right after the fire at ZZ. The department doesn't have
sufficient reason to search for him. Therefore the case was closed
unless someone can present adequate proof.
Zaldiviar continued to insist that Zacarías was innocent. Borgetti
understood this but said that the department couldn't help her for
the moment. The lady then said she would investigate this herself to
get proof. Borgetti sent Kuri out of the room. Señora Zaldiviar
started talking again but Borgetti left the office. She was still
talking all the way out of the building.
three widows talked with the conclusion that Katia decided to stay at
Sandro's place. Jackie said that the one thing hanging over them was
the possible discovery that the dead bodies came from Farmateca. If
this connexion was made they were finished.
dressed in the black of a cat burglar, went back to Julio and told
him they were going for a walk. He took him to a medical office
where his wound was treated and bandaged. The doctor told him to
wait a few minutes before getting up. When the doctor left the room
Borgetti told him they wre going to a place where he could see that
he really wanted.
and Kuri met secretly in the park and she passed a note to him
through the mesh fence. He stood with his back to her while she sat
on the bench. The dead woman had been a prostitute in that area. He
said he would look into it right away. Kuri warned him that this
would be difficult. She then told him about Zacarías' mother
snooping around. She had no real evidence of who planted the bomb
and a lot of this sounded like hearsay. He would have to watch his
Zaldiviar and her son's former girlfriend talked to Elisa, Julio's
secretary from ZZ. She minded her own business and knew nothing
about the private lives of her previous bosses. She suggested they
ask questions about Katia and her mother-in-law who openly accused
her at the memorial service. She gave them the contact information.
and Bernal went to his place where he began the “We've got to stop
meeting like this” conversation because he was sure she was putting
herself in danger. She asked about his visit to the commissioner but
he said the man was out of the country for a few days. Jackie went
over Kuri's notion that Borgetti was mixed up in this. Bernal told
her “yes” and thanked her for her help. They kissed.
was at Sandro's place. They were looking at an art book when Luis
Callejas, Nicolás' uncle, barged in past the maid to demand that
Katia pay him what she owed. Sandro pretended not to know him and
asked what Katia owed.
Katia described what happened when she and Nicolas were married. His
entire family had convinced themselves that she was a social climber
and gold-digger, but denied that these charges were true. Nicolas
fell into a deep depression he never got out of. She worked to pay
the bills. The rent on the house was the only thing Nicolas was
supposed to pay and his uncle claimed he hadn't. Nor did he pay the
premium on his life insurance policy. When Nicolas died he left her
in debt. She felt ashamed to admit this. Sandro said many
and Jackie talked about Señora Zaldiviar. She explained about the
dementia and her visit to the police. José felt that the woman
seriously wanted the truth. The police weren't paying attention to
her so she told José to forget it. They had things to do.
and Vanessa were talking about the book. The agent told Vanessa she
was not to change a recipe without autorization. Vanessa explained
she never would. The other two left to go into Giovanna's office,
leaving Vanessa alone in the kitchen. She got up to pour some coffee
and Giovanna's husband entered.
there some coffee for me?” he asked.
didn't know you were here,” Vanessa said. “Of course.”
been going over some things in my first book.”
you ever thought of writing a novel? That would be fascinating.
It's like being a god. You get to decide who lives, who dies, who
betrays, and who falls in love.”
writers live in the pages of our books. Sometimes more than in real
life.” He sipped the coffee. “Very good.”
It is delicious.”
other of Giovanna's assistants was as good with me as you.”
was flirting with her and she knew it. It made her nervous.
took Julio to the bank. A clerk unlocked the safe deposit box and
left them alone. Julio removed the box inside and put it on the
table. Borgetti shoved him aside and warned him not to move. He
opened the bag and saw the money. Julio said the money belonged to
his wife; Borgetti did not believe him. He wasn't interested in the
money anyway; all he wanted was the video. It was nowhere in the bag
or the box.
you lied to me?” Borgetti asked.
went back and forth with Borgetti slapping Julio's face at every
else knew about this?”
where is the video? Your house?”
shoved Julio's face into the money pile and began slapping it with a
wad of bills.
he held Julio at gunpoint in his own car, asking if there was a copy
of the video on his computer. Julio said there had been, adding that
Zacarías had made the video on his cell phone, put it on their
computers, and made two disc copies. But it had been removed from
his computer behind his back.
better be,” Borgetti said.
watched the house until Isabella left, then released Julio from the
cuff holding him in theh car. He dragged him into the house and held
onto the back of his shirt while forcing him to search. Periodically
he would force him down face first and lean on him hard to show he
was under his control.
looked into bedroom drawers and closets, and emptied out boxes that
had sat on shelves. Nothing he was looking for was found.
arrived at the shooting range for her midday lesson.
nothing turned up Borgetti kept demanding to know where the computer
was. He reduced Julio to tears before coming back to threatening his
family again. Once outside in the car he demanded to know who else
knew about the video. Julio denied knowing anything and Borgetti
would not believe him. He pointed the muzzle of the pistol at
Julio's forehead, again threatening his mother and his son.
moment later Diego appeared, holding Isabella's hand. They were
crossing the street on the way back to the house.
going to demonstrate that I'm not playing games,” Borgetti said.
started the car, shifted the clutch, aimed at the child and his
grandmother, and floored the accelerator. Julio begged him not to
but was unable to stop him. Isabella saw the car in time, got Diego
to the front lawn of the house, and barely escaped being hit herself.
Diego appeard unconscious for a moment but she got him up and hugged
stopped the car a block or two away. Julio was breathing hard.
you see I don't make idle threats. I'm going to give you one last
do anything, but please don't hurt my family.”
well. I see you learn quickly.”
went on to tell him he would be watched at all times by someone he
trusted. He suspected that the computer was in Jackie Acosta's home.
The threat was real. He restarted the car.
pulled up as Isabella was trying to calm Diego down. They described
what had just happened.
entered the seedy, smoky club. He showed a photo of the murder
victim to the manager who asked if he was a cop. Bernal answered in
the negative. The manager didn't want any problems. Bernal showed a
photo of Borgetti on his cell phone and asked if he had ever been
there to see Ema. The manager claimed not to know him, so Bernal
asked to speak to Ema's co-workers. The manager pointed to the
stairs and said he could, but he would have to wait. After this he
was never to return. Bernal accepted his condition and said he would
and Jackie went to see Eddy to make him a business proposition
related to their new venture. He seemed interested.
spoke to a cat-eyed brunette in an aqua-colored sequined dress. She
was reluctant to talk. He showed her the photo of Borgetti and asked
her the same questions as he asked the manager. She said she wasn't
sure but there was one man who paid very well for her services. The
last time he was there she was requested to pretend to know someone.
That was all she could tell him. End of meeting and acquaintance
because she didn't want to end up like Ema. She got up and left him
tried explaining his new offer to Danna, but Rebeca saw this as an
opening. She talked about getting an apartment and a job but Danna
wanted her to stay. Rebeca told her she couldn't because her father
had a girlfriend. This had exactly the effect she intended. Eddy
had to tell his daughter “Yes, I love your mother, but not as my
wife. When you're older you'll understand.”
looked searchingly at his ex when she hugged their child.
was again locked in the warehouse cage. Joel, the bald man, arrived.
Julio was horrified. This was the same man who had led the strike
at his company.
bandaged Diego's foot. He said he had recognized his father's car.
She told him that nobody had his father's car and asked if he wanted
ice cream. He loved that and asked if he could watch television.
“Anything you want,” she said.
didn't like the idea of her father with Vanessa. She called her a
liar. She said that Diego told her his father had always been alive
so Vanessa must always have known. She was sure and told her father
that he thought he had met a brother named Tony but Diego's father
didn't have a brother. Eddy was shocked. Rebeca – who had been in
the room all along – smirked.
paced. Vanessa asked her why. She had her close the door so Diego
would not hear them. She told Vanessa that the driver of the car was
trying to hit them. She saw the faces of the two men and one of them
was Julio. It was Julio's car, which Diego had also recognized, but
Julio was not in the driver's seat. She asked how Julio could do
this and Vanessa replied that she did not know.
went to Vanessa's house the next morning to confront her about her
lie about “Tony.” She told him that Julio had just reappeared
and she did not know how to manage the situation because Julio's life
was in danger. Eddy realized that this situation had to have been
difficult but didn't like lies or half-truths. He said it would be
best to keep his distance and said goodbye.
and Irene talked about the future of Dietrix and eventually Irene
told her that a Señora Mondragón bought up shares and was now the
principle shareholder. She revealed that this was her mother.
didn't like this game of dirty pool. Irene spun it in her own favor
by saying “Someday those shares will be mind and we'll run the
company together.” Her grin was broad, but cold.
went to the police station and stared at the door for a minute. He
turned to go and bumped into Borgetti. He apologized.
worry,” said Borgetti, who was texting on his cell. He did not
cell phone is cool,” said the boy.
What are you doing outside the police station? Is there a problem?”
none. I came to look for my mother.”
there charges against her?”
sir. She works here.”
is your mother?”
name is Rita Kuri.”
was caught off-guard but only someone who knew him well would have
noticed. Such a person probably didn't exist.
here. It should occur to you that a police station is no place for a
child. Is that clear?”
went inside and called Kuri away from her desk. She met him at the
door and he coldly lit into her sotto voce about allowing her
son near the station. When he finally allowed her to get a work in
edgewise she said she had no idea he would come to the station.
Borgetti told her she had to keep “your damned son” away from the
station. He was not his, only hers. When he made a threatening move
she told him he would pay someday. He arrogantly denied this.
entered his office and found Miriam there. He did not expect this.
She complained to him that Irene allowed the sale of shares of
Farmateca that removed her status as principle shareholder without
giving her a chance to buy them. He had no answer for her.
was in her mother's room talking about the shares. She told her
mother she wanted her out of her house the day she sells her product
in the US. Her mother replied that she wouldn't be able to because
of her emphysema. Irene told her she wanted her out. She had told
Miriam she was heir to those shares.
knows the day of their death, daughter. It could be years.”
absolutely right. It would be better if I inherit while you're still
alive.” She quickly removed the breathing tube. “It's the least
you can do after all the pain you caused me.”
mother stared in shock.
look at me like that,” Irene said. “It should not surprise you
that money is the only interest I have in you.”
begged your pardon many times, daughter, but it never did any good.”
begged my pardon? You never change. You made me live in hell every
time my stepfather came into my room. He laughed at that.” She
saw that her mother had covered her ears, just as she had once
covered her eyes. “Does this addle your brain? Neither is this
proof that living with this is okay.”
never reported this because nobody would believe me.”
know very well I don't believe you.”
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