When Suggie left the Carrot Toppers he made his way to a phone box on a council estate near the river. He dialled the code for Hythe and the unlisted number of Derek Quint, the Detective Superintendent who was his controller.
‘Suggie! Where are you, boy? Are you all right?’
‘I’ve been recovering. I’m in Catesby, about to visit my old digs…’
‘No you do not! Stay away from Parkside and Appleton. We’ve got the place under surveillance. Tight surveillance. We don’t want any of you guys near the place at the moment.’
‘Well, Appleton was trying to evict me, anyway. But I’m a bit concerned about my mate, Cass.’
‘What? Tyrone Carl Cass?’
‘We think he’s one of ‘em, mate.’