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everything from the plastic Home Depot bag and transferred it to the pillowcase, there outside the thrift store. Everything? The receipt would tell Vaughan where he’d bought it and when. It would lead Vaughan to the clerk, who would remember Michael because of the breaking and entering joke. 248 lewis shiner He sat up in bed. He’d thrown the plastic bag in a trash can outside the thrift store. If the receipt was in the bag, it meant it wasn’t in the pillowcase. He tried to picture it in his head, a ribbon of white paper in the bottom of the bag as he crumpled it. The memory wouldn’t come. He might have put it in his pocket. He got up and searched his khakis from the day before, then went through the fi lthy black jeans he’d worn to the Bynum farm. Nothing. He got dressed and went downstairs. No receipts in the rental car. If they hadn’t emptied the trash outside the thrift store, the bag might still be there. He drove to the Durham Freeway and took it north through downtown, noting absently that they’d fi nished work on the
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