The Bonfire of the Vanities - Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 16 Summary

Kramer and the two detectives, Martin and Goldberg, sit in Bernie Fitzgibbon's office at the District Attorney's Office. As the Homicide chief, Bernie has gathered them to confront the Henry Lamb case. Martin and Goldberg relate their suspicious interview with Sherman McCoy. Martin explains how he had been sure he was wasting his time until the moment when he asked to see the Mercedes. Had McCoy said his wife had the car or it was in the shop or any plausible excuse, Martin would have accepted it. However, McCoy is not a good liar; the look on McCoy's face had convinced Martin of his involvement. Following the interview, the detectives had located McCoy's Mercedes in the nearest garage. The car didn't have a scratch on it, but the garage attendant had told them that Sherman had indeed taken the Mercedes out on the night in question, and...

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