"By the tried and true process of elimination Quigley, I can tell you who is not Regis McBain's attacker. Later I'll explain to you why I believe the attacker and the blackmailer are the same person (s)."
"Continue Mews," Quigley said listening intently on the other end of the line.
"Charlie Poker, "Ham the Operator" Radio, and Jimmy Scape did not attack McBain. And here's why- Charlie Poker, as you know, has been in prison for the last several months. He also really has no motive-the reason he's in prison is for burglary. Addicts like Charlie Poker need quick money and fast turnovers. I have no reason to suspect that he could even pull off a blackmailing scheme-let alone concoct a plan and execute it from behind prison walls. As for Ham and Jimmy-well, the night Regis was attacked they were locked in a live, online political debate-I have the dated transcript to prove that they could not have been McBain's attacker."
"If you are right Mews, that leaves only four suspects. And how can you be sure McBain's attacker is also his blackmailer?"
"Nothing is for certain Quigs, but I'm quite sure the person or persons behind this is quite the amateur by the way in which things have been carried out. An amateur criminal would not have the resources or the knowledge to hire outside people to perpetrate his crimes. And by the amount of loose ends and unfulfilled threats I would say that this is most definitely the work of an amateur."