"He'd go straight up tae Scotland," said Big Al.



"But all I'll have is forty-five pounds and a rail voucher."



"Mr. Munro will be able tae sort all that oot fur ye. Don't forget that Nick said ye'd huv handled him far better than he did."



"If I'd been him."



"Ye ur him," said Big Al, "thanks to Louis and Nick, who between them huv done a brilliant job, so Munro shouldnae be too difficult. Just be sure that when he sees ye fur the first time-"



"The second time."



"-but he only saw Nick fur an hour, and he'll be expecting tae see Sir Nicholas Moncrieff, not someone he's never met before. The bigger problem will be whit tae dae efter that."



"I'll come straight back to London," said Danny.



"Then make sure ye keep away fae the East End."



"There are millions of Londoners who have never been to the East End," said Danny with some feeling. "And although I don't know where The Boltons is, I'm pretty sure it's west of Bow."



"So whit will ye dae wance yur back in London?"



"After attending my own funeral and having to watch Beth suffer, I'm more determined than ever to ensure that she isn't the only person who knows I didn't kill her brother."



"Bit like that Frenchman ye told me aboot-whit's his name?"



"Edmond Dantes," said Danny. "And like him, I will not be satisfied until I have had revenge on the men whose deceit has ruined my life."



"Yur gonnae kill them aw?"



"No, that would be too easy. They must suffer, to quote Dumas, a fate worse than death. I've had more than enough time to think how I'd go about it."



"Perhaps ye should add Leach tae that list," said Big Al.



"Leach? Why should I bother with him?"



"Because I think it wis Leach who killed Nick. I keep asking maself, why would he top hisself six weeks before he wis gonnae be released?"



"But why would Leach kill Nick? If he had a quarrel with anyone, it was me."



"It wasnae Nick he wis efter," said Big Al. "Don't forget ye were wearing Nick's silver chain, watch and ring while he wis in the shower."



"But that means-"



"Leach killed the wrong man."



"But he can't have wanted to kill me just because I asked him to return a library book."



"An ended up back in segregation."



"You think that would be enough to make him murder someone?"



"Perhaps not," said Big Al. "But you cin be sure that Craig wouldnae 'uve paid up fur the wrong tape. And I doubt if ye'er on Mr. Hagen's Christmas card list."



Danny tried not to think about the fact that he might have been unwittingly responsible for Nick's death.



"But don't worry yersel, Nick. Once you're oot ay here, a fate worse than death isnae whit I huv planned for Leach."



***



Spencer Craig didn't need to look at the menu, because it was his favorite restaurant. The maitre d' was used to seeing him accompanied by different women-sometimes two or three times in the same week.



"Sorry I'm late," said Sarah as she sat down opposite him. "I was held up by a client."



"You work too hard," said Craig. "But then you always did."



"This particular client always makes an appointment for an hour and then expects me to clear my diary for the rest of the afternoon. I didn't even have time to go home and change."



"I would never have guessed," said Craig. "In any case, I find white blouses, black skirts and black stockings quite irresistible."



"I see you've lost none of your charm," said Sarah, as she began to study the menu.



"The food here is excellent," said Craig. "I can recommend-"



"I only ever have one course in the evenings," said Sarah. "One of my golden rules."



"I remember your golden rules from Cambridge," said Craig. "They're the reason you ended up with a first while I only got a two-one."



"But you also managed a boxing blue, if I recall?" said Sarah.



"What a good memory you have."



"Said Little Red Riding Hood. By the way, how's Larry? I haven't seen him since opening night."



"Nor me," said Craig. "But then, he's no longer able to come out and play in the evenings."



"I hope he wasn't too hurt by those vicious reviews."



"Can't imagine why he should have been," said Craig. "Actors are like barristers-it's only the jury's opinion that matters. I never give a damn what the judge thinks."



A waiter reappeared by their side. "I'll have the John Dory," said Sarah, "but please no sauce, even on the side."



"Steak for me, so rare that the blood is almost running," said Craig. He handed the menu to the waiter and turned his attention back to Sarah.



"It's good to see you after all this time," he said, "especially as we didn't part on the best of terms. Mea culpa."



"We're both a little older now," Sarah replied. "In fact, aren't you being tipped to be among the youngest QCs of our generation?"



***



The cell door swung open, which surprised Danny and Big Al because lock-up had been called over an hour before.



"You put in a written request to see the governor, Moncrieff."



"Yes, Mr. Pascoe," said Danny, "if that's possible."



"He'll give you five minutes at eight o'clock tomorrow morning." The door slammed without further explanation.



"Ye sound mer like Nick every day," said Big Al. "Carry on like this and I'll soon be saluting and calling ye sir."



"Carry on, sergeant," said Danny.



Big Al laughed, but then asked, "How come ye want tae see the governor? Yer no changing yer mind?"



"No," said Danny, thinking on his feet. "There are two young lads in education who would benefit from sharing a cell, as they're both studying the same subject."



"But cell allocation is Mr. Jenkins's responsibility. Why not huv a word wi' him?"



"I would, but there's an added problem," said Danny, trying to think of one.



"And whit's that?" asked Big Al.



"They've both applied to be the librarian. I was going to suggest to the governor that he appoints two librarians in future, otherwise one of them could end up back on the wing as a cleaner."



"Good try, Nick, but ye dinnae expect me tae believe that load of bullshit, dae ye?"



"Yes," said Danny.



"Well, if yur gonnae try and bluff an auld soldier like me, make sure you're no taken by surprise-always have yer story well prepared."



"So if you'd been asked why you wanted to see the governor," said Danny, "how would you have replied?"



"Mind yer own business."



***



"Can I give you a lift home?" asked Craig, as the waiter handed him back his credit card.



"Only if it's not out of your way," said Sarah.



"I was hoping it would be on my way," he replied, delivering a wellhoned line.