Strip for Violence by Ed Lacy

By Ed Lacy

She used to be a dear name lady and spending an evening along with her got here excessive. yet he by no means figured on a value as excessive as homicide. The photo did justice to her beneficiant records. Any inner most eye may take pleasure in monitoring her down, and Hal Darling used to be no exception. Her identify used to be Marion resort. She'd placed her amazing physique to reliable use as a choice woman sooner than she'd dropped out of sight nearly a 12 months earlier than. Hal used to be being paid a fortune to discover her. yet another person was once additionally searching for Marion--with a knife. Hal needed to get her speedy, or the killer may strike first.

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Looks like ordinary hunk of crummy stone to me. But I don't ask questions. Can I let go of my toes? ” “Certainly,” I said. As he took his hands off his shoes I swatted him lightly. ” He grabbed his toes again—but fast. I didn't know what to think: I not only was on a merry-go-round but as Bobo said, I had a tiger by the tail and didn't know what to do with it. If Saltz found out I was holding out on him, the least he'd do would be revoke my license. I said, “Okay, get up—slowly— and keep your hands in the open.

I had to stop, sit back and wait for a break, something that made sense would give me direction. But there was one more chore to handle. 4 I drove to 60th Street and First Avenue. There were two bars near the corners. The first joint didn't look like a place where you'd eat supper—and Anita had said she had a supper date. ” “Me. This is my place, run it myself. ” I flashed my badge too fast for him to read it, said, “I know she was here last night, she was to meet me. ” “Not here, bud. Maybe she stood you up too.

I said, dropping the receiver in its cradle. ” “Got to stop blowing my top. ” “Maybe I'd better stay here.... ” “Shirley will be okay. Whatever they were looking for, they know it isn't here. ” But Shirley worried me, we weren't playing with kids in this deal. ” she began. “Bobo is right. ” Bobo asked. ” “Naw, ain't that,” Bobo said, fingering his suit. ” I asked as Shirley got her hat and I set the lock on the door. We walked her to the subway, then kept on walking toward Fifth Avenue. Bobo puzzled me, seemed frightened.

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