Counterfeit Wife (Michael Shayne, Book 15)

By Brett Halliday

A woman is abducted and her ransom funds is going lacking. Why is a former senator excited about the money and what should be his connection to all of it?

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And below what stipulations? ” “We have been either attempting to seize a plane,” Shayne advised him. “Dawson made it, yet I didn’t. ” “You didn’t? But—” His small black eyes darted from Shayne to Dawson and again back. “Dawson used my ticket,” Shayne acknowledged impatiently. “He paid me for it with a number of accounts out of the ransom funds he used to be making off with. ” “What’s that? ” Emory Hale stepped quick towards them. His voice boomed during the room, incredulous and incisive. “Do you suggest to assert that Dawson faked the hijacking tale? What turned of the cash? what's this all approximately? ” “Dawson is admittedly your niece’s murderer,” Shayne instructed the recent Yorker. “Though he most likely can’t be convicted for it simply because Kathleen was once alive at twelve o’clock final evening. If Dawson had met the kidnapers at 11 as prepared, she will be at domestic and alive this present day. And a Negro named Getchie could nonetheless be alive,” he additional savagely, “and an blameless guy named Slocum. Fred Gurney most likely will be alive, too, even though his demise isn’t any nice loss. ” “By God, Dawson! ” Hale’s voice used to be a roar as he tried to strength his strategy to the wounded man’s bedside. Shayne held him again, announcing coldly, “There’s much more to it, Hale. You didn’t aid issues any through attempting to palm off counterfeit cash for the ransom. ” “Counterfeit funds? You’re crazy,” acknowledged Hale presently. “I’m supplying you with the opinion of a professional. ” Peter Painter had no longer given an inch from his place beside Dawson’s mattress. He shifted his eyes progressively from Hale to Shayne, nervously thumbnailing his mustache. “I don’t think it,” thundered Hale. “It can’t be so. God, guy, do you understand I obtained that cash from the financial institution in big apple myself and flew down the following with it as speedy as i'll? ” “The warranty belief corporation? ” requested Shayne acidly. “Yes. That’s the place I hold my greatest account. ” Shayne grew to become his head and acknowledged, “Tell him, Gentry. ” leader Gentry had availed himself of 1 of the chairs within the room and drawn it as much as a vantage element in order that he might watch all people within the room. His heavy, rumpled lids have been low over his eyes as he watched and listened carefully. He didn't movement, yet acknowledged, “The financial institution has stated that you simply didn’t withdraw this sort of volume. ” Shayne resumed impatiently. “Let’s now not beat in regards to the bush, Hale. we all know the place you were given that wad of dough. From the bookie syndicate you run up within the gigantic city. ” Hale flushed seriously, was once silent for a second, then admitted with dignity, “Perhaps I did need to name on my company affiliates to elevate the sort of great amount in profit the quick time distributed me. yet I swear it wasn’t counterfeit. I checked each invoice and took off the serial numbers myself. ” “The record you gave Painter final evening? ” “Yes. I indexed them myself. I don’t imagine it concerns the place I bought the money. ” “Except that it became out to be queer,” Shayne instructed him, “and hence contributed to a few of deaths. yet that’s no longer the $64000 thing,” he went on harshly. “The guy who all started this entire teach of occasions is the particular felony. the guy who prepared for the girl’s kidnaping by way of Gurney.

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