A corpse fit for the Queens
The drama at the Roman Theatre was the most popular show in town that
season. It was called Gunplay and was filled with the violence and
action and noises of gang warfare - a bit raw, a bit nasty and obviously
pleasing to the audience.
Shortly after the curtain rose on Act II, there was a slight commotion in
the theatre. At first only a few noticed. Then there was a scream and the
lights snapped on. Near a closed exit, a large policeman stood holding a
slight, nervous man by the arm.
"Don't get out of your seat, any of you!"
The audience laughed, thinking it was part of the play. But when a squad of
bluecoats, headed by a tall man in plain clothes, marched down the aisle,
pandemonium broke out.
"What's up, Doyle?"
"Look's like this man's been murdered, Sergeant."