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No Place To Hide - Resumen

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Nat Marley
 Licensed private investigator.
 Ex-cop with the NYPD (New York Police Department), fifteen years.
 Ordinary guy, forties, loosing hair.
 Home: Flushing Main Street, Queens.
 Office: 220, East 43rd Street. Midtown Manhattan.
 He last carried a gun when he was a cop.

Patrick O’Neill
 Joyce’s husband. Married: twenty-three years. Julia’s father.
 Accountant in Ocean Star Finance, firm on Wall Street. He has worked there ten years.
 Job: Second highest person in his department, worked over ten years.
 Home: Henry Street, Brooklyn Heights.
 Tall, gray-haired, ordinary family man, with black metal glasses.
 Disappeared on Saturday night.
 Leave: Took his car and a travel bag with a change of clothes and some books. Wrote a note telling Joyce to not try to call the police or him, because she would be better with the less information.
 Computer password: JULIE.
 Payments:
I. To Van Zandt over the last six months. The last: $15,000.
II. To Steinmann over the last three months. Over $25,000.
 Family: Irish-American.
 Grew up in Alphabet, on 10th Street.
 Van Zandt’s old friend. Know him since they were both kids, working nights at a 24/7 store.
 Hotel Madigan Inn, on Avenue B: Gave the name of Brendan Touhey. Stayed one night. Left on Tuesday.
 Metro Hotel, Avenue C between 4th and 3rd: Gave the name of Bernard Delaney. Second floor, room 219.

Stella Delgado
 Nat Marley’s assistant.
 Didn’t finish school. Did night school.
 Understands everything about computers.
 Smart, good looking Puerto Rican.
 Has a family.

Joyce O’Neill
 Patrick O’Neill’s wife. Julia O’Neill’s mother.
 Middle fifties.
 Chapter one: Wearing a dark green expensive suit.

Julia O’Neill
 Patrick and Joyce’s daughter.
 Young woman, twenties.
 Apartment: Hamilton Heights, near Columbia University.
 Studio: MBA at Columbia University.

Ronald Steinmann
 Job: Head of department. Good at his job.
 Not friend of Patrick.
 Left company on Friday.
 Address: West 75th Street, on the Upper West Side near Central Park.
 Had disappeared since Friday.
 Was founded die on Tuesday. He had been died since Friday or Saturday.
 Played poker like it was his second profession.
Lorraine Houston
 Job: Head of one of the best investment firms, Ocean Star Finance.
 Homes: Long Island, New England.
 Daughter of a poor New Jersey family.
 Tall and slim.
 A businesswoman who doesn’t care how she earns her money or who she hurts

Ed Winchester
 Reporter of The Daily News.
 Tall man with white hair among a group of younger reporters.

Brett Johnson
 Financial reporter on The Wall Street page, of The Daily News.
 Twenties.

Frank Van Zandt
 Phone number: 212-555-01230.
 Bar: Frankie’s Cocktail Lounge.
 Medium height. Short black beard and no single hair on his head.
 Patrick O’Neill’s old friend. Know him since they were both kids, working nights at a 24/7 store.

 Captain of the NYPD.
 Was a cop with Nat Marley.

Joe Blaney
 Ex policeman at the NYPD.
 Nat’s old friend.
 As useful as ten NTPD officers.
 Middles Sixties. Tall and slim with a full head with white hair.

 Receptionist at the Metro Hotel. Friendly.

New York Police Department
 N.Y.P.D.
 Called: New York’s Finest.
 Captain: Oldenberg.
 Ex cops: Nat Marley, worked fifteen years (15), and Joe Blaney.

Ocean Star Finance
 In the four top floors of the New Century Building, thirty floors of glass and metal, a wall of silver in the sunshine.
 One of the best investment firms.
 Head of the firm: Lorraine Houston.
 Have to do: Lend out its clients' money on international markets to make more money.
 Do: Use the money from new clients to pay the old ones.

Hotel Madigan Inn
 Avenue B.
 Ugly and dirty place.
 Receptionist: helpful.
 Patrick O’Neill was there by the name of Brenday Touhey, one night, on Tuesday. Asked for a room in the street. No visitors. Spent most of his time in his room.
 Their other hotel: Metro Hotel, Avenue C between 4th and 3rd.

Metro Hotel
 Avenue C between 4th and 3rd.
 Ugly and dirty place.
 Receptionist: Gina, friendly.
 Patrick O’Neill was there by the name of Bernard Delaney. Had three visitors, guys in black suits and dark glasses. Spent most of his time in his room.
 Their other hotel: Hotel Madigan Inn, Avenue B.

Battery Park
 At the foot of Manhattan.
 Tall trees and green grass. The Sphere.
 Has the Sphere: a famous piece of public art at the north end of the park, a large gold metal bass as tall as a house.
 New York meets the Ocean here.
 From here you can look across Upper New York Bay to the Statue of Liberty and Staten Island.
 Opposite Bowling Green.
 Meeting of Nat Marley and Lorraine Houston.

Chapter One:
New York City in fall.
Monday, October 4th. A cool, clear morning. Fall. Julia and Joyce went to Marley’s office and ask him for help. They wanted to found Patrick O’Neill. He has disappeared on Saturday night. He had left a note that said that they mustn’t call his office, him or the NYPD (New York Police Department). The note also said that Mrs. O’Neill and her daughter had to stay at Julia’s house. Nat and Joyce O’Neill arranged to meet at three o’clock in O’Neill’s house.

Chapter Two:
Wall Street.
Marley called to O’Neill’s office and talked with his personal assistant. He let her think that he had some money to invest. A lie. He said that he wanted to meet Patrick at three thirty. The assistant said that O’Neill was sick and that Steinmann didn’t work at the firm, he had left it on Friday. He made a plan: They’ll go to Ocean Star, will check with the reception and let them think that they are millionaires. They'll tell them they need financial advice and will ask to meet with one of the advisors immediately, to see what Ocean Star offer them. They will act all unsure, and ask for promises that them investment will be completely safe. Nat will do most of the taking and Stella will watch the advisor.
They went and completed the plan. Ocean Star promises them fifteen per cent of their investment. Then, Nat went to McFadden’s Bar to talk with the people from The Daily News. He met Ed Winchester, who recommended Nat to talk with Brett Johnson, a financial reporter on the page of Ocean Star. He made Nat understand that in Ocean Star there was something unclear.

Chapter Three:
Brooklyn Heights.
Nat and Stella went to Joyce House, to find out more information about Patrick. When they were there, the telephone rang but there was nobody in line. It’s a private number. Nat told Mrs. O’Neill what they did during the morning and discovered about Steinmann. Then, Marley and Delgado reviewed Patrick’s house. They open Patrick’s mail. There, there was a message to Steinmann that said: “I didn’t think you could be so stupid…” On his computer desk, there were some drawers. The final drawer was locked, so Nat opened it with a small knife. It was full of books about card games, mainly Poker. On many pages, there were notes in pencil, notes that only a serious student of the game would make. Joyce didn’t know anything about this. Then, they watched the bank’s accounts. For looking Patrick’s account, they need the password, which was in a notebook. When they could look Patrick’s account, they saw some big secret payments. There were several payments to Van Zandt over the last six months, the last of $15,000. Also, Patrick had take $10,000 that morning. And, during the past three months there were two larges payments to Steinmann of over $25,000. The Nat’s idea was that Patrick had lost heavily in Poker games and was paying back the winner month by month.

Chapter Four:
A voice from the past.
Tuesday, October 5th. Stella and Nat tried to find Van Zandt and Steinmann’s number and address. Nat find Steinmann’s and called him. Oldenberg, an ex cop who worker with Nat at the NYPD, answered. He said that Steinmann had disappeared on Friday. Then, Joyce called Nat because she had returned to her house to pick up some clothes and had found that someone had broken into that house. Nat discovered that the private calls were for checking if there was someone in the house. Patrick’s office was a mess. The hard drive of Patrick’s computer was missing. Then, Joyce told Nat how was the relation of Steinmann and Patrick. Finally, Nat offers security to Joyce and Julia and ask Joyce to call the NYPD, but she refused to do that last thing.

Chapter Five:
Death by the Hudson River.
At midday, Nat and Stella started to look for Van Zandt’s number. There were over 50 in New York City. Net called the numbers of one phone book, and Stella the numbers of the second phone book. Nat found him. He lied telling him that he was an old friend of Mr. O’Neill and he wanted to find him. Van didn’t believe him. Van refused to give information to Nat but Nat discovered that he had a bar: Frankie’s Cocktail Lounge. Then, Oldenberg called Nat. He request to go to 79th Street Boat Basin. When Nat arrived there, he found out Steinmann’s murder. He had died because of a shot on his head, and he had been hit several times before died. He was in Patrick’s car’s trunk. He had died on Friday or Saturday. Oldenberg told Nat that people said that Friday’s morning Ronald and Patrick were arguing. Later, Nat called Joyce. He asked her to talk to the police. She accepted but with one condition. The meeting should be at Nat’s office.

Chapter Six:
Questions and answers.
Wednesday, October 6th. Oldenberg started questioning Joyce. He did some questions about Steinmann and Patrick relation. He said that Patrick was wanted for murder. And he wanted to search O’Neill’s house. She agreed and handed him the keys. Joyce and Nat thought that Patrick wasn’t a murderer, he was innocent. They need to find Patrick, like Oldenberg. Later, Nat called to Joe Blaney, an ex policeman. They arranged to meet at Nat’s office. Nat said him to bring a gun.

Chapter Seven:
Frankie’s Cocktail Lunch.
Joe and Nat went to Van Zandt’s bar to visit him and see if he could let them to O’Neill, while Joyce was staying at Nat’s office with Stella. They sat at a table and ordered two coffees. At the bar there were no costumers. Behind it, was working a couple of bartenders and Van Zandt. Nat and Joe walked over to the bar toward Van Zandt. He was looking up some papers and checking it. O’Neill talked with him and told him who he was and what he wanted. Van Zandt didn’t believe him and a big strong bartender stand in front of us. Nat offered him to talk with Mrs. O’Neill by Nat’s cell phone. Van Zandt accepted and spent a couple of minutes talking with her. When he returned me the mobile phone he waved the bartender away and led us to a room behind the bar. They sat around a round table. First, Nat introduced Joe, and then, he began questioning about O’Neill payments. Van Zandt told that O’Neill used to go to played Poker there. They paid each other what correspond. Patrick paid Van Zandt that amount of money because Van Zandt had won fairly. They were friend since they both were kids. Patrick had brought Steinmann there, one or two times, but he played very well so nobody wanted him there again because they didn’t wanted to lost all their money. So, Van Zandt requested Patrick to not brought, there, him again. Also, Van Zandt told them that Patrick got there soon after midnight, Sunday morning. He said he was in danger, but he couldn’t talk about it. He needed to hide someplace for a few days and was going to check in a hotel around there. He also told Van Zandt to keep quiet if anyone came asking questions. And he told him to expect a letter from his firm. He said it was really important and he should keep it for him. Van Zandt shows them the letter. It was a thick envelope with the address written in O’Neill’s handwriting. Nat took out his pocket knife and cut it open. Inside, there were some papers, probably twenty pages. At the top of each page was written: “Ocean Star Finance” in red and gold letters. On every page there were lines of numbers. They were accounts of Ocean Star Finance. They left the papers in Van Zandt’s place. Eventually, Nat called Stella and told her what they had discovered.

Chapter Eight:
The East Village.
Nat and Joe started to look for Patrick in every hotel between Fourth Avenue and Avenue D, and everything between East Houston Street and East 14th Street. Within that area were fourteen streets and eight avenues, around eighty blocks. Nat made a plan: He’d say that he had a business meeting with O’Neill. To do the story more credible, Stella had produce some company information for “Patrick O’Neill Accounting” with a photo of O’Neill on the front, which I’d hold so the receptionist could see his face. The receptionists of the more expensive places were more patient than the receptionists of the cheaper places. They looked for Patrick until early evening. At six thirty they went to the hotel Madigan Inn on Avenue B, an ugly and dirty place but, with a helpful receptionist. She said that Patrick was there but he didn’t give O’Neill’s name. She said that she wasn’t allowed to give personal information of him but Nat showed her his investigator’s licensed and said her that Patrick was in danger and Nat need to find him. She revealed them that he gave the name of Brenday Touhey and stayed one night, on Tuesday. He didn’t have visitors and spent most of his time in his room. Then he went to the other Hotel of them, the Metro Hotel. The receptionist called the other hotel to tell them to expect Nat and Joe. Nat and Joe decided to go to the other hotel. But when they left the Madigan Inn Hotel, they saw a black car which they thought was following them. Inside it, there were three men in black suits and with black glasses. When the black car’s driver saw them, he moved the car quickly along the avenue. As soon as they moved away, Nat noticed a knife in the street beside Joe’s car. There was no air in two of the tires so they couldn’t drive to Metro Hotel. Nat understood that they were following them and hoping Nat and Joe would lead them to O’Neill. They knew Nat and Joe were checking hotels, and the Metro Hotel was the last one in the area. They wanted to make sure they got there first. Nat and Joe ran to the hotel. The receptionist, Gina, told them that O’Neill was there by the name of Bernard Delaney and that three men had gone to his room five minutes ago and, they just left. They left alone, without O’Neill. Nat ad Joe asks the receptionist to give them his room number.

Chapter Nine:
The Metro, Avenue C.
Gina said that O’Neill was staying in the second floor, room 219. Nat and Joe got there. It was a mess. The door was open and the lock had been broken. Someone had quickly searched the room. The blankets had been pulled off the bed, and clothes thrown around the room. Nat and Joe left the room and they went toward the lobby. Nat called the police and described them the three guys and their car and said “I believe they’re looking for Patrick O’Neill, who’s staying at this hotel.” They walked onto the street to wait for the police. But, a guy in dark glasses was standing opposite them, across the road. He wanted O’Neill but he didn’t know where he might be. He began to speak and cross the street. On either side of them was a guy in a black suit walking slowly towards them. Both of them were carrying guns. Nat and Joe had no place to hide. Joe shout: “Back inside the hotel, now!” and they went inside it. They hid on the floor, behind the desk. Nat threw Gina to the ground. Then, there were two shots and a scream. Maybe they had hit one, but they didn’t know. Gina led Nat and Joe through a door behind the desk, then down some steps. They were hurrying through the hotel kitchen. The guys in black suits were getting closer them so Nat ask Gina to turn off any lights and lock doors behind them. Nat pulled glasses and bottles to the floor. They reached the back door as they heard the men coming into the kitchen. There was a shot which left a hole in the wall beside Nat. A second later, Gina turned off the lights and the room was in completed darkness. There were shots and one of the guys fell over. Nat, Joe and Gina went up some steps went outside the hotel to the cold night. They went up some more steps, then out into a narrow street behind the hotel. They walked along the street. Later, Nat ordered them to go through a door, get down and not do a sound. The place wasn’t to clear. Gina started to cry. The guys started to open the doors but they heard the sound of the police cars. They started running toward the hotel. After some minutes, Nat decided it was safe to come out. In the hotel lobby, two guys in black suit were lying on the floor. One police told Nat that the third men was outside with the sergeant. Joe and Nat went upstairs, to Patrick’s room. The door was closed and when Nat knocked there was no reply. He put his ear to the door and listened. Somebody was moving around in the room. He tried to open the door, but there was something against it on the other side. However, it wasn’t strong enough for Joe’s boot and flew open. Inside there was a man holding the travel bag. He through the bag into Joe’s face and tried to push past me. Nat catch his coat and pull him to the floor. He was Patrick O’Neill.

Chapter Ten:
Time to fight back.
Nat gave Patrick marked Stella’s number and gave his phone to Patrick. He allowed him to talk to his wife. Minutes later, Nat ask for the phone. He talked with Stella and requested for call a cab, and take Mrs. O’Neill to Van Zandt’s Bar. They were going to make Oldenberg believe that Patrick wasn’t Steinmann’s killer. Patrick wanted to know how the investigator had found him so Nat told him it. Then, Patrick told how he got away from the guys in black suits. He said he had seen them by the window. He ran up to the top floor and hid in a blanket cupboard for, about, ten minutes until he heard the police car arrived and he went down to his room. Finally, he saw the sergeant outside with one of them, by the window. He thought it was safe enough to escape. He also said that the letter he had sent to Van Zandt was the reason of Steinmann’s murder. Then, Oldenberg arrived at the room. He wanted to hear O’Neill’s story. Oldenberg, the sergeant, Nat and Patrick went to Frank’s Bar. When O’Neill was at the bar, he looked for Frank Van Zandt and asked him to take the envelope. They all met at the back room of the bar. Nat showed the envelope to Oldenberg. He said that information would send Lorraine Houston to jail. At one page of the envelope, there were two halves. On the left side, the numbers show money that was paid to clients. The right side showed what the firm actually made from investments. That numbers were far less, so Ocean Star can’t possibly earn enough from its investments to pay big money to the clients and millions to the president. He said that Ocean Star is using the money of the new clients to pay the old ones. It’s a crime. As long as it continues to get large numbers of new clients, this can work and people think it’s the smartest firm on Wall Street. Eventually, Oldenberg decided to carry on with the story at Police Headquarters.

Chapter Eleven:
O’Neill’s Story.
Nat sent Stella to her house. They went to Oldenberg’s office, a basic office. Oldenberg ordered coffee and sandwiches for everybody. Patrick told his story. He said, two years ago, the head of his department moved to another firm. He thought he had a good chance of getting the job but Lorraine Houston gave it to a new worker. Someone who didn’t care who he hurt. With him, Steinmann, the firm was making even more money than before. Lorraine thought he was wonderful, but his colleges think that he was the opposite; he loved to push people hard. A year ago, Patrick asked Steinmann how the firm could continue paying so much money to its clients. The money their department made from clients’ investments wasn’t that high. He did the math again and still didn’t understand. He was worried but Steinmann promised him that there were no problems. Then, on Friday morning, last week, O’Neill received the information that could destroy the firm and send Lorraine Houston to jail. He got the letter from Houston’s office. At first he didn’t understand why he had been sent a hard copy of the accounts, but, later, he realized it was a mistake. Houston’s personal assistant had sent me an envelope which was meant to go to the vice-president. Patrick read it. They showed that they were using the new client’s money to pay the old ones. Patrick did a copy of the accounts to show it to Steinmann and put the original accounts in an envelope and addressed it to Van Zandt. Then, he left the building for five minutes and dropped the envelope in the nearest mailbox. Later, that morning, he spoke with Steinmann and gave the copy to him. He was very interested. He had a plan: he would ask Houston to pay him to keep quiet. Steinmann blackmailed Houston. Patrick became really angry and tried to make him change his mind. He refused. Patrick knew he was in danger because Steinmann had gotten the papers by him. He got out of his office quick and told to his assistant that he had an awful headache all day and he wanted to go home. At his home, he waited a couple of hours and then he made some calls. First, he called Steinmann’s personal assistant. She said that Steinmann’s desk was empty and his computer was gone, but she couldn’t tell him anything more. So, Patrick sent a mail to Steinmann saying that Patrick couldn’t believe that he was so stupid. Next day, Patrick felt bad because of his mail to Steinmann so he tried to phone him. His wife answered and told Patrick that he hadn’t came home, and she was worried. Just before midnight, he received a call of someone that said: “You have information which belongs to the firm. Return this information to Ms. Houston by midday tomorrow if you want to stay alive”. So, he wrote a note for Joyce and left in the middle of the night. He packed a bag and took a cab to Frank’s bar. He told with Frank and said him to expect the letter. On Monday, he took $10,000 from the bank so he wouldn’t need to use credit cards. Later of this story, Nat said that he had a plan to show that Patrick was innocent.

Chapter Twelve:
If the price is right.
Nat had a plan: They will give the news of what happened at the Metro Hotel last night to the newspapers, TV and radio stations. It’s true, but they also will say that O’Neill escaped and was believed to be somewhere in the East Village area, a lie so Houston will be very afraid. She would have a lot to lose if he shared those papers in the media. She had to find him first and stopped him of talking. Nat will talk with her and said that he has something to sell, the secret accounts. He will tell her he had found O’Neill and Nat is keeping him someplace safe, where she will never find him. He’ll offer the papers for $100,000 and he will give O’Neill to the police. She’ll think that the secret accounts will be safe and O’Neill will be in jail for Steinmann’s murder. Nat’ll meet with her, then try and get her talk. He’ll let her think he is like her: a business man who doesn’t care how he earns his money or who he hurts. She’ll feel confortable and talk.
Then Nat told the plan to everyone, he asked Oldenberg for moving Joyce and Julia to an NYPD safe house.
Thursday, October 7th. After getting dressed, Nat ran down to the nearest newsstand and picked up the morning newspapers. He read it into Slim Pete’s Diner on Main Street. The O’Neill story was on all the front pages. The headline of the Daily News read: “NYPD’s MOST WANTED ESCAPES”; the New York Post headline: “KILLER ACCOUNTANT ON THE RUN”. Nat could watch that notice in the TV while he was having breakfast. Nat got to his office at ten o’clock. During the morning he agreed on a plan with Oldenberg: Nat would meet Houston in a public area, the kind of place where it would be easy for a NYPD team to watch and wait: Battery Park. Nat called her and her personal assistant answered. She said that Lorraine wasn’t taking calls. But, Nat said to her that Lorraine lost something of great importance, he found it and wanted to return it to her. He said that he will call back in ten minutes and he expected to talk with her in person. He call her fifteen minutes later. He said who he was and that he was working for O’Neill. He said O’Neill found some interesting papers of her, which were in possession of Nat. He said that now he is working by himself. He said he will give her the accounts for $100,000. She had to wait for his call at eight o’clock Friday morning. She’ll have to be ready in her office at that hour with that amount of money. He threatened her that if she does something clever every newspaper in New York City will know the truth about Ocean Star’s accounts.

Chapter Thirteen:
Battery Park.
Friday, October 8th, 7:00 a.m. Oldenberg’s team was waiting in the park with hidden cameras so nobody would know that they are police officers. If Nat waved his hat, they would immediately help him. The sky was full of black clouds and it was starting to rain. Nat put up his umbrella and looked at his watch. It was eight o’clock, time to call Houston. Nat called her and said that he was waiting for her. He wanted her to come alone and if there’s any trouble, his personal has a copy of the accounts ready to email to every newspaper in New York, and if all goes to plan, she will destroy it. He requested her to left the building and wait outside the front entrance. He let her wait a few minutes in the cold. He wanted her to feel angry and impatient by the time she arrived at Battery Park. Then he called her again. He described her Joe Blaney, the driver of the car which was going to carry her to Battery Park. Joe had to make sure that Houston took a little Tour of Lower Manhattan. They wanted her in a very bad mood by the moment she met Nat. Thirty minutes later, Nat called her. He said that she had to tell the driver to drop her at the north entrance to Battery Park. Then she had to walk south to the Sphere. He said that he was holding a blue and white golf umbrella. Then, Nat saw her. She was tall and slim, and was wearing a red suit with a short skirt that showed a lot of leg. He turned on his little secret recorder. He waved to her and sat on a park seat under the trees opposite the Sphere. He gave to her an envelope and she gave him the money. She opened the envelope, where there was only a single piece of paper. She threatened him with a gun. Marley repeated her that his assistant had the copy of the papers and if she press sent, every newspaper will know the truth about Ocean Star. And, he said that shooting in public wasn’t a good idea. He fist wanted to count the money, and then he will give her the rest of papers. He offered her his overcoat. She accepted it, smiled at him, and thanked him. So, he take advantage of it and started to talk. He said that she was a smart businesswoman because of the way she resolves the problem with O’Neill. He said that she sent him on his final drive in O’Neill’s car. And, she admitted that she got rid of him. He had what he wanted so he gave the second envelope with the rest of the accounts to her. She opened it, took out the papers and counted them. She returned him his overcoat and ask him to make sure the police get ahold of O’Neill. She started walking away. But Nat said her he had a message from O’Neill. That he’d like to tell her: “Smile! You’re in a police camera”. Nat waved his hat in the air. Houston screamed and pulled out hes gun, but in seconds the NYPD team was all around her. She dropped the gun and fell to the ground. She was going to spent some years in jail. The sun began to break through the heavy clouds. Nat felt good to be alive.
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