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Jack Swift wins games for the Oxford Wanderers, which may be why someone called from a public phone at the Plaza Hotel and threatened that he would be shot if he plays in his next soccer game. Morse doubts the threat is serious, but Bright assigns him to guard Swift: Morse doesn’t care about sports, so he won’t get distracted. The only thing that Swift says has been out of the ordinary recently was that he spotted George Sellars, a friend from back home, in town, but weirdly hasn’t heard from George.
Morse would rather be working a case involving the death of a young woman at Oxford. She was a secretary to an administrator of the college, Lucius Stamfield. She came into the office in the morning to find on her desk a Valentine’s card and a package addressed to Stamfield, which exploded and killed her, injuring the other secretary.
There’s a postal strike, and none of the Oxford services have records of delivering anything, so the package must have been hand-delivered. The explosive seems to have been made of dynamite rigged up to an alarm clock.
The victim was engaged to be married and had a sister who spends time at a safe house for abused women run by Joan Thursday. Strange visits to speak to the sister and learns that the victim visited occasionally, and had recently come to drop off some toys for her sister’s children. Before leaving, Strange asks Joan to join him at a charity ball, and she accepts.
Morse has to attend his own evening event: Robert Fenner, the owner of the Wanderers, runs a fashion house, and Swift is due to attend a fashion show of his at the Plaza Hotel. During the show, Morse overhears someone in the lobby saying they’ll “get him at the end of the show.” He immediately calls Thursday for back up, but it turns out that the man he overheard is a television host, and that Swift is being surprised with an appearance on a show where all his friends and family appear and tell stories.
Swift is from Northern Ireland, so many of the guests are staying at the Plaza Hotel—including Swift’s friend George, whom he spotted earlier; George’s wife Sarah; and Duke Ward, the talent coach who initially discovered Swift. John Paul Martinelli, a young Irishman who has been called the “next Jack Swift” and plays on the team opposing the Wanderers at their next match is also on the show as an admirer of Swift.
Martinelli and Swift share an agent, Ray Jubba, who …….