An excerpt from “January Black Ice” (A Cat Collier Mystery) by Carol Ann Kauffman

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I have a… matter I wish to discuss with you, something I feel you are uniquely qualified to handle. It’s a very personal matter to me, and I ask your utmost discretion. And I pay very well.”

“I don’t do anything illegal.”

“I know that. What I’m asking you to do is not outside the legal parameters of the law.”

“Your outside and my outside are two different playgrounds.”

“There is a new resident in Heaton Valley, a young man about your age. I need some information on him.”

“That’s it? Sure, I can do that. All I need is his full name and date of birth, and I can pull him up on the computer.”

“I do not have that information.”

“You don’t have his birthdate?”


“That’s okay, most online databases will work with an estimate. You say he’s about my age? So we’ll go with between twenty-two…

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