Chapter 7 Summary

Eddie is held and questioned for two hours at the station. Mr. Stiles's truck has been used in a laundromat robbery in which an "old dude" was assaulted, but the police determine that Eddie is speaking the truth when he insists that he had nothing to do with the crime. Back out on the street, Eddie decides to visit Jose at the hospital, which is only a few blocks away, but finds that his friend has been discharged to the care of his family.

Eddie returns to his apartment, where he finds that his bike, which he had left at Mr. Stiles's house on the fateful day when he took the truck to the dump, is leaning against the wall near his front door. In the wire basket is a peace-offering: a six-pack of soda, a ten-dollar bill,...

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