"He's my son, and I say take this away or I'll burn it."
Strange looking man comes into Owne's father's book store. Looking to "sell" a book. But...
Owen realizes that this man was from outside his window- the shadowy figure in the alley! He had something under his arm. Under his coat. Owen could hit the man with an umbrella kept behind the register. He could lock him in the upstairs back room.
The visitor leaned close to Mr,Reeder and whispered something Owen could not hear, but whatever it was left his father quaking and looking small and weak.