By Brett Halliday
A mysterious girl attracts Mike Shayne right into a twisted homicide plot
The name comes simply as Mike Shayne is pouring a much-needed cognac. A gangster's voice warns, "Stay clear of Wanda Weatherby." uncomplicated enough—except that Shayne hasn't ever heard of any girl through that identify. a couple of minutes later, he gets one other name, from a lady desperately frightened approximately Wanda Weatherby. a 3rd name then is available in from the girl herself: Wanda Weatherby begs Mike Shayne to save lots of her existence. He drives to her condominium, hoping that she'll manage to clarify simply what's going, yet he's too overdue. Wanda Weatherby is dead.
Just who she used to be, and why each legal in Miami appeared to understand her identify, will take a few realizing. by the point he's performed with this secret, Mike Shayne will want he had by no means picked up the telephone.
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To take an image? ” Her voice thinned a bit. “What do you care, if you’re getting paid for it? i presumed that used to be what deepest detectives have been for. what's going to your price be? That’s correct. I’ll wish you to be convenient the place i will mobile you among seven and ten and provides you directions. How a lot? That turns out incredibly excessive. Well—why don’t I name you later this afternoon while I’m definite? definite. Good-by. ” She hung up and acknowledged to Shayne, “Mr. Purly is one inner most detective who hasn’t too many scruples. He’ll do the task for 100 funds and no embarrassing questions requested. ” Shayne nodded soberly. “Jed will be my selection. yet try out the Worden corporation, too. Ask for Peter Enright. ” Lucy dialed the quantity, received Mr. Enright, and started a similar regimen. however the tenor of her regimen replaced rapidly to the protecting as she it appears begun heading off direct solutions to pointed questions. She stated eventually and stiffly, “Very good. if you happen to don’t wish my company, I definitely won’t strength it on you. ” She hung up and grew to become to Shayne with flushed cheeks. “He used to be downright insulting. desired to understand who had advised him for the activity, who was once I and what references i'll provide him and no matter if i wished divorce facts or what. ” Shayne chuckled. “Good paintings, angel. that offers us in simple terms Jed Purly—if Wanda did use a detective rather than ringing in a few buddy. You run directly to lunch. I’ll drop in on Jed ahead of he will get clear of his workplace. ” bankruptcy EIGHTEEN The Purly Detective company used to be basically 3 blocks down Flagler in a three-story walk-up. The workplace was once at the moment ground, among an coverage agent and a mailing-service. The door opened and a tall, angular girl stepped out as Shayne approached. She was once adjusting a narrow-brimmed straw hat on her grey hair, and Shayne stopped to invite, “Is Purly in? ” She stated, “Yes,” with a emerging inflection. “I’m on my method to lunch. If it’s whatever you think that he’ll want me for—” “Oh, no,” Shayne guaranteed her heartily. “I simply are looking to see Jed on a private topic. ” He went on and opened the door, entered an empty anteroom, and crossed it to a half-open door at the different aspect marked deepest. Jed Purly was once a quick, fats guy with a perimeter of grizzled grey hair that ran round the base of his wet, purple scalp. He used to be leaning again in a swivel chair at the back of a naked table along with his ft propped on it, gazing with curiosity a small black spider swinging on a filament from the ceiling gentle fixture. He grew to become while Shayne entered, arched sparse eyebrows, and acknowledged, “Come in, Mike, my boy. might that be a Black Widow, you consider? ” Shayne grinned and stated, “If she is and bites you, chunk her correct again, Jed. That’ll train her yet strong. ” He diminished one hip to the table and requested casually, “How’s company? ” “Not undesirable. I do beautiful solid at the crumbs sizeable photographs such as you can’t be afflicted with. ” Purly clasped his fingers throughout his belly and blinked benignly. “Sumpin i will do for you? ” “A desire. ” Shayne took out a cigarette and placed flame to the top. “Always happy to co-operate,” Purly guaranteed him affably.