Inspector Kung had been gazing at the flies buzzing around the wire mesh near the ceiling, but now his eyes turned slowly to here I was standing. ‘That is so,’ he said quietly. ‘But Mr Banks, we had all those houses checked thoroughly. The kidnappers he talked of were years in the past. We found nothing suspicious in those houses.’
‘I know, Inspector Kung, you would have done everything duty required of you most thoroughly. But of course, you were investigating the shooting. It would be perfectly natural if you didn’t expend energy on such a side issue. What I’m suggesting is that if powerful people had gone to some length to prevent you searching one of those houses, you would perhaps not have persisted.’
The old detective was deep in thought again. He said finally: ‘There was one house. I remember now. My men brought me reports. All the other houses, seven of them, I received reports. I remember it troubled me at the time. One last house, no report. My men were being prevented in some way. Yes, I remember wondering about it. A detective’s nose. You will know what I mean, sir.’
‘And that remaining house. You never see a report on it.’
‘Correct, sir. But as you say, it was not a great priority. You understand, the Wu Cheng Lou was a large matter. It had caused much outrage. The hunt for the killers had gone on for weeks.’
‘And I believe it had defeated two of your more senior colleagues.’
Inspector Kung smiled. ‘As I have said, it was a most satisfying moment in my career. I came on to the case when others had failed. The city was talking of nothing else. I was able after a few days to apprehend the killers.’ ‘I read the records. I was filled with admiration.’
But now the old man was staring at me intently. Eventually he said slowly: ‘That house. The house my men failed to go to. That house. You are saying …?’
‘Yes. It’s my belief that is where my parents are being held.’


註釈:

Inspector Kung had been gazing at the flies buzzing around the wire mesh near the ceiling, but now his eyes turned slowly to here I was standing.
「buzz」は「ブンブンという」。

‘That is so,’ he said quietly. ‘But Mr Banks, we had all those houses checked thoroughly.

The kidnappers he talked of were years in the past.
「kidnapper」は「人さらい」。

We found nothing suspicious in those houses.’
「suspicious」は「怪しい」。

‘I know, Inspector Kung, you would have done everything duty required of you most thoroughly. But of course, you were investigating the shooting.

It would be perfectly natural if you didn’t expend energy on such a side issue.
「expend」は「を費やす」。

What I’m suggesting is that if powerful people had gone to some length to prevent you searching one of those houses, you would perhaps not have persisted.’
「prevent you searching」は通例「prevent you from searching」とするが英の略式では「from」を省略することがあります。「あなたが捜索するのを妨げる」。「persist」は「固執する」。

The old detective was deep in thought again. He said finally: ‘There was one house. I remember now. My men brought me reports. All the other houses, seven of them, I received reports. I remember it troubled me at the time. One last house, no report.

My men were being prevented in some way.
「in some way」は「何らかの方法で」。

Yes, I remember wondering about it. A detective’s nose. You will know what I mean, sir.’
‘And that remaining house. You never see a report on it.’
‘Correct, sir. But as you say, it was not a great priority. You understand, the Wu Cheng Lou was a large matter.

It had caused much outrage.
「outrage」はここでは「目に余る暴力」。

The hunt for the killers had gone on for weeks.’
‘And I believe it had defeated two of your more senior colleagues.’
Inspector Kung smiled. ‘As I have said, it was a most satisfying moment in my career. I came on to the case when others had failed. The city was talking of nothing else.

I was able after a few days to apprehend the killers.’
「apprehend」はここでは「を逮捕する」。

‘I read the records. I was filled with admiration.’

But now the old man was staring at me intently.
「intently」は「一心に」。

Eventually he said slowly:
「eventually」は「やがて」。

‘That house. The house my men failed to go to. That house. You are saying …?’
‘Yes. It’s my belief that is where my parents are being held.’


『今日のイデイオム』

「in some way」
「何らかの方法で」