Heads You Lose (The Mike Shayne Mysteries Book 8)

After listening to a homicide over the telephone, Mike Shayne searches for the killer

Woken by way of the phone, Mike Shayne is disoriented. although he has been on my own on account that his spouse used to be murdered, he has no longer gotten used to napping through himself. The voice at the different finish of the phone snaps him again into truth. It’s his good friend Clem Wilson, calling from a filling station open air of Miami, and there's terror in his voice. He has time for only a few phrases sooner than Shayne hears the crack of damaged glass and the thud of a falling body.
 
by the point he reaches the filling station, the police are already there and Wilson has bullets in his chest—and both of them could were sufficient to kill him. Clem Wilson used to be combined up in anything he couldn’t deal with, and if Mike Shayne can’t put aside his grief and resolve the secret, his good friend usually are not the final to die.

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He lit a cigarette and listened to the sluffing slap of waves at the vast sandy seashore and to the faint whisper of palm fronds. The air was once hot, and the humid stench of the swamp was once thick in his nostrils. A squirrel chattered angrily from a twisted mangrove past the silent pavilion, and a fish broke the calm waters of the bay with a noisy splash. For numerous mins there has been no different sound. Shayne comprehensive his cigarette and spun the butt away. He needed he had that drink of cognac he had left as a decoy at the barroom desk.

Babs is—I’m afraid she is turning into a drug addict. ” Shayne scowled and rubbed his angular jaw. “What makes you're thinking that? ” “Barbara had a critical ailment many years in the past. She was once in nice pain—agony—for weeks. The attending doctor gave her morphine to ease the soreness. Later, while she was once good back we found that she was once yearning the drug. there has been an period within which I despaired. Then the yearning left her, it seems that. She lived fortunately and generally for a time. just a couple of months in the past I famous habitual indicators.

Who used to be that spoke back the telephone? ” “That,” acknowledged Shayne pleasantly, “was the Blue Fairy. Who the hell is that this? ” “Look, Shayne,” the voice grated, “you by myself? ” “Practically. Couple of dicks the following yet they’re now not very shiny. ” “Can you ditch ’em? ” “Sure. Why? ” “If you’re clever you’ll do away with ’em. might be you’re able to perform a little enterprise. ” “What form of enterprise? ” “Listen, Shayne … this can be the pay-off. ” “In that case,” Shayne acknowledged, “I’m regularly completely satisfied to speak issues over. ” “You’re lovely clever, yet we ain’t dumb both, see?

He used to be nearing the outskirts of the company element of Miami. He squinted on the numbers on structures and learned that the single he sought used to be within the subsequent block. bankruptcy three He stopped in entrance of a downtown workplace construction and went in. an evening gentle burned within the lobby, however the elevators weren't working after middle of the night. He walked up flights of stairs and down the hall to an place of work door with just a quantity on it. He rapped, then grew to become the knob. It opened and he stepped within a wide room containing mammoth flat-topped desks, a number of armchairs, and a few submitting cupboards.

Shayne stood up. “Sheltering a military deserter is severe enterprise in wartime, Kline. have you learnt what the penalty is? ” Dennis Kline checked out him sharply. “What are you riding at now? ” “You’d larger speak it over with Manny Markle. He’s lots solid, yet that’s one rap even Manny might locate it tough to get you out of. ” Shayne grew to become on his heel without notice and strode towards the door. The Filipino glided up together with his hat. He took it and went out. riding again on Biscayne street, Shayne stopped on the first drugstore and referred to as leader Gentry from a cellphone sales space.

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