Gently learns that his old informant China Mates has died, after an apparently accidental fall in the nearby town of Wellaby. He suspects foul play when a nurse contradicts the coroner's report and it transpires that her husband, Sergeant Tommy Molloy, took China to hospital and not an ambulance. Gently visits his colleague, Superintendant Alan Shepherd, whose autistic son Danny was robbed by the thieving teenage Blackburn brothers, one of whom has recently disappeared and the other is discovered a gibbering wreck. Gently initially believes that Molloy killed China and blamed the young thugs though ultimately a different cover-up is exposed, which tests Gently's loyalty and earns him the derision of Bacchus.
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The ambulance in the hospital shot has been used in many 60s based dramas including The Royal and Heartbeat. See more
[after failing to get a search warrant from threee magistrates
Do you want me to break in, Guv?
Do you want to ask me a different question, John?
Can I have the afternoon off, Guv?
[as Bacchus is walking away
John, don't get caught.
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