Framed in Blood (Michael Shayne, Book 20)

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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However it used to be since you have been sore at him for turning tender and never going after the money. You observed an opportunity to get it your self, didn’t you, Marie? a protracted probability, yet you took it. With Bert lifeless earlier than he had an opportunity to show the tale in, it was once you who phoned the blackmail risk and never Betty Jackson. yet you used her identify to make it sound real, figuring out you may choose up the envelope from common supply addressed to her simply as simply as one addressed to you. “And for solid measure,” Shayne persisted, “you tossed within the concept that Mrs. Jackson and that i have been operating jointly and i could flip the dope over to Rourke if the payoff didn't come via. That’s why my workplace and house have been searched,” he ended wearily, turning to leader Gentry, “and why an elevator operator was once killed final evening. ” “None of it’s such as you say,” Marie protested shrilly. “How may well i do know Bert used to be useless? He was once very well while he left my position. Ned Brooks will inform you he observed him a couple of block from his own residence. Bert used to be killed correct there, wasn’t he? On his personal entrance porch? How may possibly i've got performed that? ” “How are you aware he was once killed on his entrance porch? ” Shayne pounded at her. “Only the killer knew that—until a couple of minutes in the past while Tim Rourke admitted discovering the physique there and sporting it away to guard Betty. “You weren't a witness to that confession,” he went on inexorably. “You knew since you shot him, didn’t you, Marie? From front seat of your automobile on the scale down whereas he was once going up the steps—and with Tim Rourke’s aim pistol that you then tossed out the place Rourke came across it later. ” “No! ” she screamed. “I didn’t do it! I don’t recognize who advised me the place he was once killed, yet I heard it a few position. ” Shayne took a step towards her, his face ludicrous with one eye approximately closed and the opposite broad open gazing her. “Jackson had that pistol in his pocket whilst he used to be at my position overdue within the afternoon,” he drove in relentlessly. “I feel he discovered it the place Betty had hidden it. He went on to your residence from there. He used to be beautiful under the influence of alcohol while he left, and that i think it was once particularly effortless to get the pistol from him. ” “The doorman will inform you I didn’t go away my condo all evening,” she protested wildly. “I by no means even observed his pistol. ” “There’s a again stairway,” Shayne reminded her, “leading on to the parking-area the place you permit your vehicle at evening. It was once effortless adequate so that you can slip down and persist with him domestic. A neighbor of the Jacksons observed your automobile pull as much as the slash and forestall as Bert Jackson staggered up the stroll. She didn’t listen the shot simply because a twenty-two isn’t loud, and she or he didn’t see him fall simply because she can’t see his entrance steps. ” “I didn’t! I didn’t! ” Marie Leonard shrank clear of him as she cried out in terror. “It needed to be you who made the telephone name, Marie. we all know in regards to the one name Bert made. This different name used to be from a girl. Betty Jackson was once subconscious from an overdose of sleeping-pills at ten o’clock. ” Shayne became again to Gentry and acknowledged wearily, “It can have occurred similar to I stated.

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