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I’m uncertain there’s another. we have to locate a few leverage to get him to unencumber us. If you’ve obtained a greater proposal . . . ? ’ Rufus shrugged. ‘Not off the head of my head. ’ ‘All right,’ Macfarlane introduced. ‘Let’s see your social gathering trick. ’ Twenty males have been prepared alongside the wall, all with their arms at the back of their backs. They ranged from one among Sherlock’s age to a handful of their sixties. all of them had dust ingrained of their necks and within the backs in their ears, and crude blue tattoos on their forearms. a few had lengthy hair right down to their shoulders, a few had ponytails and a few simply had stubble protecting their scalps. Sherlock went as much as one finish of the road. rather than strolling alongside and searching at their faces and their outfits, which he suspected Macfarlane was once anticipating him to do, he crouched down and tested the 1st man’s sneakers as heavily as he may possibly. He may possibly hears titters of laughter from the gang of thugs and thieves, yet he neglected them. On palms and knees he scuttled alongside the road, checking sneakers and boots and the turn-ups of trousers. while he obtained to the top of the road, he straightened up. the lads within the line have been all craning their necks, taking a look at him with fascination and, on occasion, suspicion, whereas the remainder of the group have been speaking between themselves and pointing at Sherlock. ‘Right,’ he acknowledged. He walked again alongside the road, pointing to 5 of the twenty males. ‘You, you, you, you and . . . definite, you. leap forward. ’ He glanced throughout at Macfarlane, who used to be looking at him with fascination. ‘These 5 all paintings at the docks regularly. the opposite fifteen don’t. ’ ‘You’re correct. You’re completely correct. ’ He gestured to the boys to come to the gang. ‘How were you aware? ’ ‘They paintings close to salt water,’ Sherlock stated, ‘and that’s what supplies them away. they need to get splashed with the water from the docks usually. I’ve spotted it ahead of. Seawater does issues. while it soaks into shoe leather-based and dries out it leaves white marks in the back of, the place the salt has been deposited within the leather-based itself. additionally, whilst drops of water acquire within the turn-ups of trousers after which evaporate, they depart crystals of salt at the back of. those 5 males both have white marks of their shoe leather-based or salt crystals of their turn-ups, or either. ’ ‘I’m certainly impressed,’ Macfarlane admitted. ‘You appear to have your wits approximately you, that's greater than i will be able to say for the coppers investigating the homicide of which my sister is accused. very well then – I’ll take you up in your supply. need to let you know, even though, that you simply haven’t obtained lengthy. It’s –’ he checked his watch – ‘nine o’clock now, provide or take. A meeting’s been prepared with the lads who wish your American pals the following for 2 o’clock this afternoon. You’ve received 5 hours, not more and no much less. ’ Sherlock glanced at Amyus Crowe, then at Virginia’s white face, then at Matty. Matty gave him a grin and a thumbs-up. ‘If that’s all I’ve obtained, then that’s how lengthy it is going to take,’ he stated grimly, hoping he may well dwell as much as the boast. Macfarlane gestured to 1 of his males.