By Brett Halliday
Mike Shayne attempts to discover the killer of a tender reporter who desired to use his juicy tale for blackmail reasons.
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She stuck her breath in sharply and exclaimed, “I be aware of who you're! You’re Michael Shayne, the personal detective Bert went to determine the previous day afternoon. ” “That’s correct. ” “Why did you inspire him to move on with it? ” she raged. “You’re older and more matured. you need to have identified it is going to by no means paintings. If whatever has occurred to him it’s your fault. ” She grabbed on the crawling silk of the gown and coated her legs. “Wait a minute,” Shayne protested. “I don’t recognize that—” “I comprehend your reputation,” she burst out, spots of crimson in her cheeks. “You’re difficult and cynical, and also you don’t care what occurs to folks. You egged him on—” “Is that what he advised you? ” Shayne broke in gruffly. “Yes. and also you can’t deny it. I heard him make the telephone name. ” “What name? ” Shayne demanded. “To whom? ” “I don’t understand who the fellow is. Bert by no means could inform me. He didn’t even point out any identify whilst he phoned. ” Shayne lit a cigarette, and a breeze from the home windows floated the smoke around the room earlier than he stated lightly, “Tell me concerning the name. ” “Why should still I inform you whatever? ” she blazed at him. “You comprehend all approximately it. If something—has happened—to Bert—” She stood up and moved in the direction of him, tightening her gown back. A unmarried tear squeezed its manner out from lower than every one reduced lid and ran down her cheeks. “I imagine lets speak this out greater with a drink,” Shayne instructed her quietly. He met her stormy gaze via a cloud of smoke, his grey eyes chilly and significant. She sponsored away, tucking her hair in the back of one ear with one hand whereas the opposite clung to the lap of the lengthy, free gown. She nodded with no talking, grew to become, and disappeared throughout the swinging door. Shayne slid down within the chair and stretched his lengthy legs out very easily, positioned his head again, and scowled on the ceiling. anything used to be certainly mistaken the following. Marie Leonard was once by no means his preconceived suggestion of the “other girl. ” She couldn’t be even more than twenty, he notion wearily, and not anything approximately her outfitted into the Betty-Bert triangle. She acted extra like a bobby-soxer with a naive weigh down on a guy who used to be approximately to damage into the limelight with anything large, but— Her go back broke into his research. She carried a small tray containing a tall glass with ice cubes, a bottle of Scotch, and a siphon. “Aren’t you having one? ” he acknowledged, quirking his pink brows while she deposited the tray at the desk. She shook her head with choice. “I don’t take a drink quite often. ” She took a backward step as he poured whisky within the glass and squirted soda over it. “Please inform me approximately Bert, Mr. Shayne,” she begged. “Is he in penitentiary? ” He stirred his drink and tasted it ahead of asserting, “Bert Jackson is useless, Marie. ” She gasped, and her physique stiffened. Her eyes widened a trifle, and her lips tightened. Then she shivered and unexpectedly started to sway ahead. Shayne jumped up simply in time to seize her. She leaned opposed to him and buried her face opposed to his chest and sobbed convulsively, her hands limp at her facets. Shayne left one arm round her waist and stroked her smooth blond hair together with his loose hand.