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Examination of the file will reveal:

  1. A police report submitted by Detective Peter Merylo of the 15th precinct. The report indicates that one Henry W. Finster was approached by someone who tried to coerce him into joining a private club or society with possible links to Nazi subversives.
  2. A well-made card that appears to be an invitation to attend a meeting at an upscale gentleman's club. The invitation does seem to contain some fascist overtones.

After looking over the file, you naturally have a few questions. You left click on the door to the hallway and select Mr. Sullivan's office from the world map. You soon find yourself standing before your boss. Left click on him and a list of potential topics for conversation appears at the bottom of your screen. Though curious about your predecessor, and eager to prove your competence to your boss, you decide to ask about the case file first.

Clicking on this option puts the file back up on your screen. As you move your cursor around, you will notice that further topics for discussion are highlighted over some of the sections. You can click on these portions of the file to ask Sullivan about them. From this conversation option you learn the following:

  1. Detective Merylo is the lead investigator on the much publicized "Torso Murders" case.
  2. Henry (Hank) Finster is a prominent munitions plant owner with important connections in the War Department, but Sullivan considers him to be a bit of a crack pot.
  3. Your boss is not convinced that the organization that approached Finster is necessarily affiliated with the Nazis.
  4. Sullivan wants you to proceed carefully in your investigation as the group you are dealing with obviously has connections with wealthy and influential people.

Now that you've broken the ice. you feel more comfortable in assuring your boss about your abilities and asking about your predecessor.

Sullivan seems genuinely touched by your enthusiasm. He cautions you that the COI, as a new federal organization, has its share of enemies within the government. The FBI in particular resents your agency and is looking for any excuse to ruin its reputation in Washington.

As for your predecessor. Sullivan is pretty vague about the circumstances of his departure. All that you are able to learn is that his name was Walter Pensky and that he somehow succumbed to the pressures of the job. The tone of your boss' explanation seems to indicate that Pensky's behavior was ¬°ust the sort of thing that gives the COI's critics the leverage they need to drag the agency's name through the political mud.

Having exhausted your options with your boss, it's high time to get out into the field and begin your investigation. Good luck!

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