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I can outwit the stars. Dennis Thomas took the proffered chair beside Detective Sentz's desk. Could it possibly be? Had he finally found someone who would listen? " "Yes. " Sentz pressed his lips together. " "My wife. " Dennis looked at him, desperation etched in every line of his face. " Dennis gripped the armrests tightly, trying to contain himself. He'd been fighting this bureaucracy for days. Three days now he'd come to the Tulsa Uniform Division East station and the Skiatook police station.
In the second place, what are you talking about? " "He refused to investigate. Wouldn't even open a file. I asked him repeatedly. Every day from the moment she disappeared. " "He had lots of reasons. But he didn't do it because he didn't want to. He's just occupying oxygen, waiting to put his twenty on. " "So you blame your wife's death-" "She didn't just die, Senator. She suffered. She was seriously wounded, trapped in a car for seven days, slowly dying. In excruciating pain. Can you imagine what that felt like, to experience that kind of agony, and dehydration, and starvation?
Bend the rules? " "No. I'm talking about the man who killed my wife. " He hunched forward, leaning against Ben's desk. "Did I tell you that my wife's liver failed? Totally shut down. The buildup of toxins in her body was horrifying. Physicians have told me that's the worst kind of pain it's possible to experience. Constant. Inescapable. " "My heart goes out to you for your loss, but-" "Her left leg was gangrenous. Even if she had lived it would've had to be amputated. " Ben felt a dryness in his throat.