By Brett Halliday
A Michael Shayne homicide secret with a sophisticated woman reporter desirous about a case of smuggled cognac, a cruelly tortured useless sea captain and an island citadel filled with trigger-happy hoods.
+ one other Michael Shayne novella.
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She’s a dipsomaniac. used to be Albert reduce from an identical textile? ” “No, certainly. That is—no. Albert was once susceptible, might be. His mother—ah—I’m definite you think her domineering character. ” “Did Ezra Hawley really thieve all his brother’s funds? ” Hastings darted a pointy examine Shayne. “Good heavens, no! the place did you get that concept? ” “Something Beatrice acknowledged. ” “It wasn’t that method in any respect. John Hawley used to be a bad businessman. He made undesirable investments and wasted his component to the kin inheritance whereas Ezra elevated his greater than twofold. ” “And Sarah Hawley has been depending on Ezra given that her husband died? ” “Generally talking, definite. He has supplied for her generously, i feel. ” “That run-down previous residence doesn’t seem like it,” Shayne protested. Hastings stated, “Such concerns don't have any pertaining to this example. ” “Perhaps now not. What i used to be getting at is this—will Mrs. Hawley and her daughter really be left destitute if Ezra’s funds is going to Albert’s divorced widow? ” “Practically conversing, certain. they've got little or no laid apart. ” “It’s relatively bizarre, isn’t it, for a guy to not swap his will after a divorce? ” “Albert did swap his will,” Hastings admitted stiffly. “He certainly particular that his ex-wife was once to obtain every thing, no matter if she remarried. ” “Did his spouse remarry after the divorce? ” “I think she did, convinced. ” “How some time past used to be the divorce? ” “A topic of a few years. presently earlier than Albert’s induction into the defense force. ” “And Albert used to be dwelling at domestic while he used to be drafted? ” “He used to be. He—ah—had remained at domestic after his marriage. ” “And the date of his induction? ” After a moment’s hesitation, Hastings acknowledged, “Albert was once referred to as into the military on March 18, 1943. ” Shayne took from his pocket the letter Mrs. Wallace had given him that morning. It used to be dated March 10. He requested, “Did you ever pay attention of a guy named Leon Wallace? ” Hastings gave no obvious response. “I don’t remember the identify. ” He extra, “I think you already know what's required thus, Mr. Shayne. ” “You wish me to find Jasper Groat and Leslie Cunningham and get affidavits from them as to the precise date of Albert’s loss of life. ” The attorney positioned his glasses on, stated, “Good day, Mr. Shayne,” and became again to his table. “My rate can be 5 thousand if issues end up on your prefer. I’ll take a retainer of 2 hundred now. ” Hastings used to be evidently annoyed. He began to protest, drummed his palms on his table, then obtained up and took ten twenty-dollar debts from a black steel field and passed them to Shayne. He acknowledged, “I consider will probably be top to make no written memorandum of our contract. ” Shayne filled the money owed in his pocket. “I don’t like written agreements, both. yet I regularly acquire. You’ll be listening to from me. ” a guy and a lady have been coming into the outer workplace while Shayne opened Hastings’s door. the fellow was once tall and cadaverous, with hands so long as an ape’s. the girl used to be younger and well groomed. She had a Mae West determine, an alert, clever face. Shayne grinned on the guy and stated, “Hi, Jake. ” Jake Sims muttered, “Hello, Shayne,” and went on towards the table of the gnomelike little guy.