In-living, non-exclusive British private tutor James Smithson, an Oxbridge Etonian, is shot brain-dead in employer celebrity photographer Hopper Banks's estate in Citrus Heights. He had affairs with mothers of pupils. Rigsby's old San Diego PD colleague Victor Bandino, Banks's security consultant, hides something. As Jane suspected, Smithson is an alias. Scotland Yard detective Francis Slocombe confirms it's Oliver Stans, who stole Cleopatra's wedding ring from the British museum and hid in California, probably planning to sell it to top fence Louis Anglet. Jane guesses Slocombe's link with Stans and sets a dangerous trap.
Did You Know?
When Jane first meets Francis Slocombe, he remarks that his false accent (Southern American English) is unconvincing and he needs to "work on his glottal stop". A glottal stop in English is an allophone of the letter 't'; it is not an idiosyncratic feature of Southern American English. See more
A stranger asks to see your ID, you ask them to show you theirs first.
Unless, of course, you're trying to hide something.
Quite right. Quite right, Mr. Jane.