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The girlfriend

Leo needs to know just the few, final details of his daughter's murder

By Maile Meloy   February 2006

The girl sat in one of the mismatched upholstered chairs in the hotel room, and Leo sat in the other, where he had waited for her to arrive. The window looked out on a courtyard, but the heavy curtains were closed. The girl didn’t seem to mind. Leo was still startled that she had come. She’d dropped her bag on the faded striped bedspread and said she had no trouble finding the place.

“So,” Leo said.

“So.” She tugged her black skirt so it hung further over her crossed legs.

“Where did you first meet him?” He wanted to…

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