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(From the Prologue) “You disgusting pervert!” shouted a  woman’s voice from behind the vertical  files. A piercing scream instantly followed  the words.  Dennis Walker and Joel Abrams  looked at each other wide-eyed and  jumped up from the table in the center of  the history section where they had been  doing research.  “It’s got to be the flasher!” Dennis  took off toward the stacks in the direction  of the scream, ... 
(From the Prologue) He had hunkered in the shadows of  some sweet-smelling jasmine bushes for  nearly an hour, anticipating the arrival of  his prey. As usual, he was wearing black  clothing, and the skin on his face and  hands was darkened with shoe polish. He  kept his eyes focused only on the path  that wound through the ornamental  garden, priding himself on his ability to do  the job at hand without emotional  involvement. He'd had a pleasant day. ...
(From the Prologue) Connie Cordoba, daily reporter  extraordinaire, was dressed in her most  expensive black suit and pumps, ginger-  colored hair coiffed to look business-like  but sexy, and nails done just last night in  "Witch's Apple" red. She blew a mental kiss to Marty  Weingarten, the very pragmatic gay  costume designer who had been her  Henry Higgins at the community college  where her education had started. ... 
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