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Cette expression, ce regard figé, je les connaissais. Elle était en proie à une vive émotion. – Professeur ? – D’où peut-il bien venir ? s’interrogea-t-elle à haute voix. – Ce codex appartenait à mon père, affirma Louise. Il m’en a fait don avant sa mort, en me demandant d’en prendre grand soin. C’était un bibliophile très averti. – Mais alors, il n’est pas à Robert, il est à toi ? – Il faisait partie de la collection de mon père. Je l’avais soigneusement mis à l’abri, j’ignore pourquoi il a fini entre les mains de Robert.

Côté, les organes mous arrachés à la vie… L’horreur chemina en moi. L’horreur dont seul l’humain se rend coupable. Je dus détourner les yeux, le malaise me guettait. Le professeur Maarek, quant à elle, scrutait chaque détail avec attention. – Quel esprit torturé a pu perpétrer une telle atrocité ? demandai-je. – C’est ce que vous et moi allons nous efforcer de découvrir, murmura-t-elle. 4 Un car de police veillait devant l’entrée du 45, rue d’Ulm. L’École était désormais placée sous haute surveillance.

8 – Hola ! Señor Masquelier, dit Guillermo en ouvrant la porte au commissaire. – Bonjour. Le commissaire suivit la haute silhouette du majordome jusqu’au grand salon aux fauteuils noirs. Il mâchait des chewing-gums à la nicotine, dont il déchirait soigneusement les enveloppes avant de les déposer dans un cendrier, comme il l’aurait fait avec les cendres d’une cigarette. Il sortit son iPad ainsi que ses deux BlackBerrys, qu’il mit sur vibreur, et que le professeur Maarek considéra, d’un air réprobateur, tandis que Guillermo était en train de disposer tasses et soucoupes pour le thé.

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