Now, on a missing-person case I want to
know everything the client can tell me about
the missing person, no matter how seem-
ingly unimportant and irrelevant. I want to
know preferences in food, clothes, colors,
reading, entertainment, use of drugs and al-
cohol, what cigarette brand he smokes, med-
ical history. I have a questionnaire printed
with five pages of questions. I got it out of
the filing cabinet and passed it to him.
“Will you please fill out this questionnaire
and bring it back here day after tomorrow.
That will give me time to check out the local
“I’ve called most of them,” he said curtly,
expecting me to take the next plane for
“Of course. But friends of an M.P.—miss-
ing person—are not always honest with the
family. Besides, I daresay some of them have
moved or had their phones disconnected.
Right?” He nodded. I put my hands on the