Following a tip-off Gently and Bacchus acquire a suitcase full of stolen passports dropped by petty crook Jimmy Cochran. Cochran's old flame Maggie Alderton worked in the office where they were issued and is found raped and strangled next day, the father of her child being identified as one Thomas Ali, for whom she was apparently trying to secure a passport. Cochran is in a turf war with some Arab boys, also involved in dodgy passports and Maggie's transvestite boss is also less innocent than he first appears. However, facts prove Ali and Cochran to be father and son and neither has killed Maggie, a pawn in the whole scam. With the real murderer hanged, Gently, a veteran of the 1959 Notting Hill riots in London, nonetheless warns young Bacchus of the perils of racial intolerance. Written by
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Did You Know?
The company Woolworth's, mentioned in dialogue, was the original five and dime chain store that opened in the U.S in 1879 through 1997. In 2001 they have dealt exclusively in sporting goods since 2001 as Foot Locker. The Woolworth chain ceased operation in the U.K in 2009 although it is still operating in Germany, Austria, and Mexico. See more
The final scene shows the killer being hanged. But at that time (1960s) the murder depicted (by strangulation) would not have been a capital crime. See more
[In the hospital as Saint is getting back his street clothes, John notices he wears women's panties
Oh, they're gonna love yuh in Durham jail.