By Isaac Asimov
Every person knew that Ralph Neufeld used to be a cautious younger chemist, specially his professor, Lou Brade. that is why Ralph's unintentional death because of a confusion of chemical substances struck Brade as hugely not likely. The police agreed.
Someone on campus had switched bottles on negative Ralph and the outcome was once as lethal as have been deliberate. the difficulty was once the entire correct suspects have been within the fallacious areas whilst it happened...all the incorrect suspects had the perfect motives...and the single individual such a lot certified to unravel the crime used to be already being referred to as the killer!
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You know your own gun is loaded, don't you? " "Not just a student. Ralph got his bachelor's degree— graduated college, that is—four years ago. He's been doing graduate work toward his master's and doctor's ever since. He was fully qualified to work without supervision and he did. D. candidates do. " "No, not really. " "No. Thursday's Simpson's big day for classes. He doesn't come in at all on Thursdays. " "How come he made the mistake then? " The plainclothesman's face was as round and as harmless as it had been a moment before, his expression was as artless, but Brade frowned.
He left. The medical man brought in by the police agreed with the diagnosis, made a few brisk notations and disappeared. Pictures were taken from three angles and then what was left of Neufeld was wrapped in a sheet and carried out. A chunky plainclothesman remained behind. He introduced himself, with a flash of card, as Jack Doheny. His cheeks sagged plumply, and his voice had a bass rasp to it He said, "Ralph Neufeld," spelling it out painstakingly, then showing it to Brade for confirmation.
Brade hunched his shoulders and walked on. He hadn't bought the paper that morning. Doubtless it carried the story. Well, did that make him a curiosity, for God's sake? Did the death's head show through the skin of his face? Was there a sign: cyanide, beware? He found himself striding at a ridiculous pace and forced his steps to slow as he walked through the large double door. And just turning left at that point made the day begin wrong. He should turn right toward the elevator which would take him to the fourth floor and his office.
A Whiff of Death by Isaac Asimov