Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
September 2022
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Another Max Gaetanno Mystery

There had been an accident on the upper canyon road. A middle-aged driver in a European sports car apparently lost control in the early morning light and plunged 100 feet to his death.

Even though he wore a seatbelt and the airbag had deployed, neither prevented the broken neck that ended his life. Detective Max Gaetanno was immediately called to the scene and began to study the evidence. He slowly removed the dead man’s sunglasses, admiring them and thinking to himself how nice it would be to own a pair of designer glasses like these. He puts them on and he looked at himself in the driver’s side view mirror, nice but not my prescription he thought. He removed the sunglasses and carefully placed them on the dashboard.

He stared at the dead man’s face. He obviously hadn’t shaved that morning. He noticed the deep impression that the sunglasses had made on the bridge of his nose, the obvious result of a tremendous force generated by the exploding airbag. He stared intently into the dead man’s eyes and thought how peaceful he looked and how his relaxed countenance belied the obvious terror of his last few moments on earth.

The Max slowly rose from his uncomfortable crouching position. He summoned one of the officers to the scene and said, “Dust for prints. This is a homicide.” How did he know?

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3 guesses to Another Max Gaetanno Mystery


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  • Roolstar

    The victim was wearing contact lenses…

    No sense to put on the prescription sunglasses too!

  • You’re right, Rool!

    What Max noticed as he stared in to the man’s eyes, is that he was wearing contact lenses. You wouldn’t be wearing your prescription sunglasses and your contact lenses at the same time. The killer placed the glasses on the victim without realizing this.

    Great job, you’re today’s winner.

  • katie

    How about the small fact that the glasses were not broken?