Parting with an old friend
In part 4 of Blood Money, Barrie Craig is somewhat at a loss for what to do. He has no clue to follow that could lead him on to the next phase of his investigation, so he retraces his steps to Amar Serrebi, the rug dealer and corresponding secretary for the Oriental carpet dealers’ trade association. Barrie starts out by pressing him for names of some old friends of Anatol Barbar. Serrebi’s memory is jogged and he tells Craig about a woman who used to work in Mecca Bazaar with Barbar, but no one has seen her for several years. In hopes of drawing out this lead, Barrie turns to the topic of the funeral arrangements. He thinks that if news gets out that it is a pauper’s funeral and that Barbar will be buried in a potter’s field, his old friends and acquaintances would feel sentimental, remember old times, and feel the need to show up at the funeral to pay their last respects to him. Serrebi becomes key in carrying this out. It pays off. At the funeral, Serrebi points out Neala Ghallard, who proves to be a good lead for Barrie Craig.