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A Leaf in the Wind
 Katharine Kerr
copyright Katharine Kerr, 2014

           I saw the case first on the local news websites. "Prominent Bay Area Developer found dead!" the headline ran, above a picture of Albert Harlander from the files: bald, chubby, smiling, little pig eyes gleaming with corruption. My dad had worked in construction for years in San Francisco, and we all knew that if Harlander could save a buck by cheating his illegal immigrant labor, or using sub-grade materials and slapdash construction methods, he would. Among the  permit and oversight departments at various city halls, he wasn't known as "Baksheesh Bert" for nothing. The news article stank of murder with its vague hints about mysterious circumstances and unexplained details, but it lacked concrete information.
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