Marked for Murder (Michael Shayne, Book 13)

By Brett Halliday

Tim Rourke is stirring up a Miami seashore hornet’s nest as he experiences a sequence of murders that appears hooked up to the burgeoning playing racket at the seashore. every one of 3 sufferers has been seduced clear of successful tables by way of a stunning blond and for that reason chanced on useless minus the winnings and with .32 bullets dealing with the homicide at shut diversity.

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Her left arm encircled a pillow, and there has been dried blood at the pillow and at the sheet beside her breast. Shayne took steps ahead and touched her naked shoulder with the top of his index finger. The flesh was once chilly and difficult. He pressed down challenging, and knew that she were lifeless at the very least 24 hours. He straightened fast whilst he heard the far-off offended whine of a police siren shrilling during the quiet evening. His gaunt good points tightened because the sound got here speedily closer. A flash of reminiscence warned him that he hadn’t heard Henty click on off the switchboard whilst he had positioned via his name to details from Rourke’s cell. there has been a again door prime out of the bed room. the most important used to be within the within lock. Shayne whipped out a handkerchief and dashed into the living-room, positioned out the lighting, and moved quickly to front door to clean off any attainable fingerprints of his personal. He trotted again to the bed room, opened the rear door with the handkerchief overlaying his hand, slid out and closed it. The door opened onto a flagstone stroll hedged with artillery fern and resulting in a small backyard. Shayne dashed round the condominium and turned around to front front. He had his finger at the bell button of 616 while he heard the siren cease. He jabbed savagely on the button. The door opened and he driven in, shoving the black-haired lady apart and slamming the door close. She had replaced from the housecoat to a activities gown of powder blue that accentuated her curves and softened her complete expression. She stated, “You definitely replaced your brain in a rush, Redhead. ” Shayne drew in a deep breath and stated speedily, “Madge is in there—dead. i believe the police are coming. for those who don’t are looking to get combined up during this, enable me out the again door in a rush and disregard i used to be the following. ” A vehicle raced up outdoors and so they heard it screech to a cease. The girl’s scholars dilated till they virtually lined the iris. She wrung her fingers and moaned, “Madge? useless? How did it occur? ” “Murder. ” Shayne positioned an arm round her approximately and moved quickly her again towards the bed room. “Murder? You acknowledged the police have been coming. Are you a cop? ” “Do i glance like a cop? Why could I be working if I have been? ” He heard footsteps arise at the entrance porch. He pulled her contained in the bed room and close the door. “What’s your identify? ” “Helen. yet I don’t—” “I’m in a bit jam,” Shayne acknowledged in a low, savage voice. “You don’t appear like a stool. Madge has been useless a number of days and God is aware I didn’t do it, yet you understand how law enforcement officials are. I’ll exit the again and also you overlook I’ve been the following. I’ll circle down the alley to my motor vehicle within the subsequent block and force up in entrance. I’ll ring your doorbell—” He stopped without notice and listened to the faint ringing of Madge’s doorbell within the different 1/2 the duplex. “And should you come to the door, name me Mike such as you anticipated me. What’s your cellphone quantity? ” “Causeway 1286. ” The bell in Helen’s living-room rang shrilly and insistently. “Go out and resolution it. You didn’t resolution your mobilephone whilst i attempted to name you twenty mins in the past since you have been within the tub.

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