William M. O’Brien Jr.
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Prologue: St. Louis, 1925
The old man nervously stirred his coffee and glanced, annoyed, at the ceiling. Not again, tonight, he thought.
A heavy thump overhead shook the entire house.
“He’s at it again, do you hear me? He’s at it again!”
The angry voice on the stairs caused the man to spill some of his coffee when he put it down. He hurried into the hall, slamming the door behind him. This was the last warning. After this, he would send for the police.
“Go back to your room, Mrs. Dunbar,” the man said, brushing past the agitated old woman who had reached the bottom of the stairs. “I’ll speak with Mr. Stehle. We’ll condone this behavior no further.”