This is a previously unpublished scene from the Murder is Suicide interactive web comic (murderissuicide.com) I created years ago. It's a hardboiled detective story that takes place in Portland, Oregon in the 1930s.
The project ended up being more time consuming than I had hoped and I was eager to feel a sense of completion, so I opted to write a novel from the narrative rather than continue with the web comic. I finished the novel a few years ago but it is still unpublished.
This scene depicts the first encounter of the two main characters - the detective who just got back from the crime scene and the mysterious dame waiting in his office at two in the morning.