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Quick-solve 26
The Case of the
Surprise Visitor


featuring
Max Decker

The clock in the courthouse ahead of Max showed six o'clock. As it began chiming, he noticed a tall man with a briefcase walking towards him. The man turned around, looked at the clock, and then quickened his steps. He took an envelope and dropped it in a mailbox as he continued on. Max moved faster, too. Miss Fritz had invited him for dinner. He didn't want to be late.
"I'm glad you could come," Harborville's oldest music teacher said. "I've made a lovely salad for us." She gestured Max to a chair. "Good thing I prepared ahead. A surprise visitor just left." "Who visited?" Max asked.
"A teacher from Harborville's School for the Deaf. He was totally deaf himself, poor man, but he could read lips perfectly. He had the loveliest penmanship when he wanted to tell me something." "Why was he here?"
"Well, evidently the school is low on funds. I was glad to help out. I had just cashed my social security check so I was able to give him five hundred dollars."
"Did he just leave? Was he a tall man with a brief case?"
"Yes."
"We'd better phone the police. I think that man was a phony. I know for sure he wasn't totally deaf."

How did Max figure it out?
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The Case of the Surprise Visitor by Carol Farley
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