Short Story Preview: Into Thin Air – Nick Horgan
So here we are, a private airfield somewhere near the coast of East Anglia. The consignment has been checked for authenticity, the money transfer confirmed, weapons stood down, hands shaken and backs slapped, and ways departed. It had gone without a hitch, exactly as planned. Now for a cup of tea and the morning papers.
Back at the scene of the crime, the private TRA art gallery on the 8th floor of the exclusive Azure House, two detectives were struggling to piece together the events of the past few hours.
Detective Harris had arrived late, what with it being early Monday morning and no-one having died. Detective Jones, his junior partner, had already been there for some time, questioning security staff and having all CCTV footage reviewed.
“So, how did they get in and out?” Harris asked wearily.
“It’s not clear Sir, there’s no sign of entry except for one tiny window open in the men’s room, there’s no sign anyone was here, except for the paintings being missing. Internal surveillance was disabled for a few minutes and by the time security got up here they were gone.”
Jones continued, “The window’s too small to climb through, all the other floors are secure, and the fire escapes are intact.”
“Could they have got in from the roof?”
“The roof Sir?”
“From a helicopter?”
“Or by parachute?”
“Too risky, it was pretty windy last night, and anyway the roof door was locked, I’ve got a dog team up there now, Sir.”
“Very good, so if they didn’t break in, were they already in?”
“What, hiding somewhere?”