Author's Notes:

Gina has automatically dismissed a dog due to the type and size of the injuries Mr. Wilson sustained. By way of comparison, man-eating lions in Kenya occasionally snatch drunks from the dark alleyways of small villages on the edges of civilization. However, as I have learned since illustrating this book, man-eaters tend to start eating their victims at the extremities and work their way up towards the head.

Transcript

Page 54

Panel 1: Kate, Gina and Mike are examining the corpse of James Wilson (found in Page 16). Mike is holding his nose.

Mike: So what happened to him? He’s a mess.
Kate: Don’t tell me – mauling, right?
Gina: Very perceptive.
Kate: Something escape from the zoo last night?
Gina: That was also my first reaction, but it isn’t quite so simple. No animal sanctuaries or zoos in the area have reported any missing animals. Let alone any large predators that could do this.

Panel 2: Kate looks at Gina:

Kate: In that case, why are you so sure this was an animal attack at all? Is there any way someone could have faked this?
Gina: No. I’m certain.

Panel 3: Close-up of the injuries on the corpse. There are rough gashes on the chest and chunks of flesh are missing from the neck and abdomen, revealing spine and intestines.

Gina: Look at the bruises around the lacerations here: not even the crudest blade causes injuries like these. These are clearly tooth and claw marks.

Panel 4: Mike is considering Gina’s words:

Gina: Though, his neck snapped early on in the attack, so most of this damage is post-mortem.
Mike: Wait a second – are you saying this guy was eaten?
Gina: Yes.

Panel 5: Close-up of Gina (dramatic look)
Gina: We may be dealing with something that has acquired a taste for human flesh.

Panel 6: Kate looks doubtful, Mike – uneasy.

Kate: So, we have some sort of ‘man-eater’ on the loose?
Mike: Like those lions in the Field Museum… *
Kate: That’s crazy talk.
* footnote: The Man-Eaters of Tsavo – two lions that slaughtered nearly thirty railroad workers in Africa before they were hunted down and destroyed in 1898.

Panel 7: Gina and Mike discuss the case.

Mike: Are you sure this isn’t a job for animal control?
Gina: I already looked into it – they said there’s nothing to do until we know there’s something to catch.
Mike: What about eyewitness accounts?
Gina: According to the interviews, no one saw anything unusual before the body was found.

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