Phelps: New and improved model. They'll be selling these like hotcakes. LAPD detectives, ma'am. We need to speak to someone in charge.
Receptionist: I see. Well, duty manager for today is Mr. Rasic. You should find him in his office.
Phelps: Detectives Phelps and Biggs, Arson. We're investigating a couple of house fires. What can you tell us about this?
Rasic: Pressure regulator from a Model 70. Let me take a look. We have a problem. This has been tampered with.
Rasic: You see this diaphragm? It forms a seal across the saddle here. Gas flows across from here to here. The diaphragm regulates flow. It's been reversed. It's a subtle change, but it means the gas never closes off properly.
Phelps: So you're telling me that this is not a manufacturing fault or service repair?
Rasic: I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with the design.
Phelps: You're telling me that you've never had any problems with this heater?
Rasic: Look, we've changed the design since the Model 70.
Phelps: These things are still being installed?
Rasic: It's the demand. None of us could keep up with the amount of housing going up. At the budget end, we're still using some of the old stock. We are installing 100 heaters a week. They're not all faulty.
Biggs: They're not all safe either.
Phelps: Are these diaphragms prone to failure?
Rasic: They tend to go after a while. The rubber lasts quite a few years, and then it perishes.
Phelps: So the guys' names that I've been seeing doing the repairs on the heaters, they're fully licensed and accredited?
Rasic: Sure, of course they are.
Phelps: I think you're lying, Rasic. I think some of your men aren't fully licensed. You're desperate to cover your sales.
Rasic: And how are you going to prove that, Detective? Name me one of my guys who would've overlooked a fault like this.
Phelps: What about Reginald Varley?
Rasic: You know about Varley? He's on the run for a divorce interstate. It's not so bad.
Phelps: You in the habit of hiring criminals, Rasic?
Rasic: I need guys, Detective. This boom is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Phelps: I want you to get me a copy of the list of your installers.
Rasic: Okay, I'll get it for you. There. There are around a dozen of them. Housing business is going crazy at the moment.
Biggs: This is a long shot. We are not going to roust that whole list.
Phelps: I want to run it by R&I, cross reference for arsonists. See if any of these guys have any previous. Sir, I need to use your phone.
Rasic: Go right ahead.
Phelps: Operator, give me Dispatch.
Operator: Putting you through now.
Phelps: Phelps, 1247.
Dispatch: How can I help, Detective?
Phelps: I need to know if any of the following names have a previous criminal history.
Dispatch: Okay, Detective. Run the names.
Phelps: Acevedo, Ernesto. Clemens, Walter. Elmgren, John. Gable, Leroy. Kellegrew, Peter. Kuttner, Robert. Limehouse, Albert. Manning, Franklin. Nieves, Ramon. O'Brien, Thomas. Ryan, Matthew. Spurgeon, William. Varley, Reginald. Zurick, Stephen.
Dispatch: Clemens, Walter. Previous conviction for arson and malicious damage. Burned down a house in Westwood in 1942, four year jail term.
Dispatcher: Ryan, Matthew. Charge for contempt of court, attempted murder, plea bargained down to assault charge.
Phelps: Anyone else?
Dispatcher: There is a Reginald Varley wanted for murder by Detroit Police Department.
Phelps: Thanks, you've been a big help, young lady. Your employment roster is quite the rogue's gallery, Mr. Rasic. Do you have an address for Clemens?
Rasic: He's working on an apartment building on Catalina and Third.
Phelps: What about Ryan?
Rasic: Currently working at a housing development on Normandie and First Street.
Phelps: Varley, where is he?
Rasic: Beverly and Mariposa, currently working on a new housing development. Hey, Varley is a good guy. You can't harass all my people.
Phelps: These guys have lockers?
Rasic: Yes, they do. But my men have a right to some privacy. Don't you need a warrant or something?
Biggs: Show him and keep quiet.
Rasic: Here, happy now?
Phelps: Stick around, Mr. Rasic. Clemens is a fellow traveler. Some light reading on the merciless capitalist machine. Ryan wants the world to be a better place, don't we all. My company went through thousands of these in the war, still got eaten alive. Varley has a problem with bugs?
Biggs: You know that a mosquito coil takes an hour to burn down, Rasic?
Rasic: No, I didn't know that.
Biggs: It's the favored choice of ignition by arsonists. Gives them time to get away.
Rasic: You're crazy. He probably lives near the canals in Venice. Mind if I leave you to it? I got work waiting.
Biggs: Three birds. Clemens, Ryan, Varley. Where to, Phelps?