The Phone Call
Kindertransport—the transport of Jewish children out of Nazi occupied Europe—was underway. The first arrivals had disembarked in Harwich on December second. Blindly, Collier and Lila had gone with the hope that their son and his fiancée would be among them. But their hopes had been quickly dashed.
Two days before Christmas, Collier still had no word about his son and he was fearing the worst.
He slid a file from the top of a stack beside him and opened it; like all the others it contained paperwork that could have waited until after Christmas. Ephemeral diversions, they represented his feeble attempt for respite from the emotional turmoil brewing beneath his carefully crafted calm exterior.
It was four p.m. This close to Christmas, Collier would have normally packed up and gone home. Except these were not normal times. Two murders had to be solved: Rebecca Grynberg and the man in the wardrobe steamer trunk. The time before Christmas and the weeks following New Year were generally set aside for staff holidays. To the chagr...