Murder Is My Business (Hard Case Crime Novels)

By Brett Halliday

Homicide on the RIO GRANDE

Ten years in the past, deepest eye Mike Shayne did a task for one of many richest males in El Paso, digging up dust on a boy dating the tycoon’s daughter. Now the daughter’s again, all grown up and unsafe. And so’s Shayne – yet this time it’s to enquire murder… 

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Why didn’t you pass in to work out her the evening you went to the home — whilst she used to be on my own and watching for you? ” Lance grew to become slowly, the muscle groups in his skinny face quivering. “What have you learnt approximately it? ” “I observed you parked on the street in entrance of the home. You drove away as I handed. ” “So that used to be you — with the spotlight,” Lance acknowledged. “I parked there for an hour attempting to wake up sufficient nerve to move in. I didn’t understand even if she’d are looking to see me or now not. I’ve replaced much myself. ” Shayne sat down at the mattress and sipped his drink thoughtfully, then requested, “What have been you doing in that Juarez alley final evening? ” “Does that topic? ” Lance replied irritably. “I was once there. I grabbed her gun and killed Cochrane with it. ” He slumped right into a chair. “You suspected me all alongside, didn’t you? You knew I’d provide myself up while I learn the newspaper tale and discovered it used to be the one option to keep her. ” “I knew that’s what you are going to have performed ten years in the past. yet why did you kill him? ” “I’ve advised you. ” “You gave me a solution that’ll sound more than enough in court,” Shayne agreed. “I’d just like the fact. ” “Why don’t you are taking me in? ” Bayliss stated approximately. He clamped his lips, and checked out the drink in his hand. “There are nonetheless different deaths to be accounted for,” Shayne reminded him. “What do they topic now? I’ll hold for killing Cochrane. overlook the others. ” “I imagine they have been all devoted by way of an analogous individual. ” “I didn’t come right here to discuss the other murders. I gave myself as much as you rather than the law enforcement officials simply because I was hoping i may make a deal. ” “What kind of deal? ” “I informed you i used to be performing some undercover paintings. I’ve picked up loads of stuff that are meant to be became over to the FBI, or the military. The police would possibly not pay any recognition to a confessed assassin. I was hoping you will, Shayne. ” “What form of stuff? actions of international brokers? ” “I suggestion that’s what it was once at first,” Lance acknowledged despondently. “But it isn’t that vital. There’s a hoop working in El Paso that makes a company of encouraging infantrymen to abandon the military, and smuggles them into the inner of Mexico for one thousand greenbacks a head. ” Shayne stated, “I’ll see that your details is used. Who heads the hoop? ” “That’s one of many favors i needed to invite of you. Will you manage to place off the round-up until eventually after the election? ” Shayne’s gaunt face hardened. “Manny Holden and sincere John Carter? ” Lance Bayliss flung out his arms. “I’ve bought to belief you with it now. ” He accomplished his drink and set the glass at the flooring. “I’ve received sufficient dope to place them either in Federal criminal. All I ask is that you just carry off till Carter is elected, then spring it. If we make it public now, Jefferson Towne may be elected mayor. Wait till he’s defeated. ” Shayne acknowledged, “Towne could make El Paso an outstanding mayor. ” “We went over that when before,” Lance acknowledged. “He’s risky, Shayne. You don’t detect how he sees himself. provide him this primary political triumph, and God is familiar with the place he’ll cease. ” “I won’t promise whatever. flip your details over to me and I’ll use it as I see healthy.

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