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Alongside the way in which, I known as the yankee embassy in Rome on my cellular phone. An respectable within the criminal division defined they can do not anything for me on the grounds that I had no longer been arrested. “Americans who get into difficulty in Italy,” he acknowledged, “need to rent a attorney. the yank embassy can’t intrude in an area felony research. ” “I’m no longer a few American who did anything silly and bought desirous about an area felony research! ” I cried. “They’re harassing me simply because I’m a journalist. this can be a freedom-of-press factor! ” that didn't provoke the embassy professional. “Regardless of what you're thinking that, it is a neighborhood legal topic. You’re in Italy,” he acknowledged, “not the United States. We can’t intrude in legal investigations. ” “Can you a minimum of suggest a legal professional? ” “We’re now not within the company of score Italian legal professionals. We’ll ship you a listing of the attorneys recognized to the embassy. ” “Thanks. ” exceptionally, I needed to communicate to Mario. whatever vast was once coming—my interrogation used to be just a shot around the bow. Even for a guy as robust because the public minister of Perugia, it used to be a brazen step to take into custody an American journalist and topic him to the 3rd measure. in the event that they have been keen to do this to me, on the chance of undesirable exposure (which I totally meant to carry down upon their heads like a ton of bricks), what may they do to Spezi? He used to be the fellow they have been fairly after. I couldn’t name Spezi on my cellphone. whilst I bought again to Florence, I prepared a gathering via borrowed cellphones and calls from cell cubicles. At just about hour of darkness, Spezi, Zaccaria, and Myriam confirmed up at our condominium in through Ghibellina. Spezi, Gauloise caught in his mouth, paced the dependent lounge, trailing clouds of smoke. “I by no means may have idea they might take this step. Are you definite they charged you with perjury? ” “I’m yes. I’m a personality indagata. ” “Did they serve you with an avviso di garanzia? ” “They acknowledged they might mail it to my deal with in Maine. ” I concerning them up to i'll take note of the interrogation. while I acquired to the purpose the place Mignini accused us of planting a gun on the villa to incriminate an blameless guy and to deflect suspicion from Spezi himself, Spezi stopped me. “He stated that? ‘To deflect suspicion’ from me? ” “That’s what he acknowledged. ” Spezi shook his head. “Porca miseria! these , Giuttari and Mignini, don’t simply imagine me accountable of a few journalistic shenanigans, planting a gun for a scoop. they suspect i used to be without delay fascinated with the Monster’s murders—or at the least within the homicide of Narducci! ” “In a loopy way,” I stated, “their myth matches the evidence. examine it from their viewpoint. For years we’ve been insisting Antonio is the Monster. Nobody’s paid any consciousness. So we visit the villa, we stroll round, then a couple of days later we name the police and say Antonio concealed facts on the villa, come and get it. I hate to claim it, Mario, yet it’s a plausible conception that we'd have planted whatever. ” “Come now! ” Spezi cried. “It’s a idea not just missing all investigative good judgment, yet all common sense solely!