Richard Diamond, Private Detective — The Louis Spence Case (Part 5 of 7)
Summary of Part 5
Richard Diamond gets back to the fifth precinct with phonograph and album in hand. He puts Otis in charge of the music while he himself returns to the room with Spence and Walt Levinson.
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Spence is getting excited. Time is almost up and the mayor hasn’t jumped, but he will still be able to make his statement to the world by blowing himself and Lieutenant Levinson up… and maybe Diamond and Otis, too. He’ll be a martyr and people will finally recognize his great genius. This is what is getting him excited. Diamond is worried that he might ‘jump the gun’. (Like a runner in a race, he might start before the starting gun goes off.) He certainly has ‘an itchy trigger finger’! He really wants to use the trigger to make the bomb go off.
Diamond has to make sure Spence doesn’t blow up the fifth precinct a few minutes early. Otis needs the time to get the phonograph playing, and Diamond needs the music to carry out his plan. So Diamond makes a direct challenge to Spence. “All right, Spence,” he says. “I’m going to prove you’re wrong. I’m going to prove that I know more about you than you think!” It’s daring. It’s bold. You might even say it was a desperate attempt, but it’s gotten Spence curious and he’s still engaged in the conversation.
Listen to predict…
~ what will happen when Otis gets the music playing.
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Sergeant Otis has a small part to play in Diamond’s plan, but how important is it? If he louses it up, what will the end result be? If you were Diamond, would you leave the phonograph in Otis’ hands? Please share your thoughts in a comment below.