One Minute to Murder
Appearances and Mentions
- Upon receiving an urgent message from Murdoch, Mr. Clements arrives at Station House Now. 4. He informs Murodch and Dr. Ogden that he has no idea who the author is, “We are a subsidiary. Our parent company originally commissioned the book for the New York City Police. Is there something wrong with the book?”
- Mr. Clements is informed by the Detective and the good Doctor that the handbook in question should represent the latest – in investigative techniques – and it does not.
- William Murdoch presents him with a list of investigative tools and methods that should be included in any such handbook (no means comprehensive) and informs him that the book lacks any forensic techniques which should work hand in glove in any police investigation. Whereupon Dr. Ogden hands him a list of forensic techniques that should've been included as well. When Clements asks them if these techniques are effective, Murdoch points out, “We've solved every crime we've ever investigated.”
- Mr. Clements quickly deduces if a handbook of these techniques were published, “…it would represent a new standard ” which would be unprecedented: The subsidiary holding the rights to the standard.
- Admitting that his company doesn't usually publish original material, Clements tells them that they must write it. “We are not writers,” Murdoch and Ogden counter with an offer, “We can consult.”
- Mr. Clements writes out and hands them an advance on royalties and adds “If this becomes the North American standard for police investigative manuals, multiply that by ten”.
- An comprehensive manual of their techniques would be an invaluable contribution to crime detection, but will they have the time? They agree to put the time they make for each other to better use.
- Thus begins William and Julia's new project, "It's positively romantic".
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