There was no mayor in Zamora. There was a county sheriff, county commissioners, county boards and departments where Zamora was hardly represented. There was also a water collaborative in the village where grievances over irrigation could be addressed. Elected or not Hector Trujillo played the role of village chief. At half past eleven he heard a shot from the direction of the Ryan place. He ran madly, arriving just as an unfamiliar late model car skidded onto the road. He did not see the driver but the moonlight was strong enough to note the license number. Nearby he found the man he knew to be Kate Ryan's lover lying in the portion of yard used for parking. Kate's car was in its usual spot. There was no sign of her or Ruby.