Michael Shayne's Long Chance (Mike Shayne, Book 9)

By Brett Halliday

A look for a lacking lady takes grief-stricken Mike Shayne to New Orleans

It was once a knife that introduced Mike and Phyllis Shayne together—the homicide weapon that Mike needed to end up Phyllis didn't bury in her mother's again. yet years once they met, fell in love, and obtained married, Phyllis is useless, and the knife is simply one other blade. Grieving the lack of his spouse, Mike makes a decision he has had sufficient of Miami, the place he and his cherished made a existence jointly, and plans to maneuver to long island and begin back. however the South isn't via with him yet.

As Mike prepares to depart Miami for sturdy, a nervous father involves him, begging him to aid locate his lacking daughter. She is a depressive morphine addict who lately attempted to take her personal lifestyles. while that failed, she fled to New Orleans to throw herself into the palms of the drug. on the way to aid guard the lady from herself, Shayne musters up the energy to visit the Crescent urban, yet bad risks wait for him in French area.

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What do you're thinking that he’s received, Dolph? ” “That’s what i need to understand! ” “Who advised him the following? ” “That fellow named Drake, possibly. the only Henri introduced right here earlier than he obtained picked up through Quinlan. ” “Maybe you’re creating a lot out of nothing,” Soule scoffed. “He might’ve simply dropped in for a spot to convey the frail for a thrill. ” “Shayne don’t simply drop in,” Denton stated viciously. “See should you can wake him up, Bart. if you happen to hadn’ve hit him so rattling hard—” “I didn’t hit ’im hard,” a surly voice protested. the fellow moved, dropped to his knees in the back of Shayne.

Shayne strode throughout to the table and requested, “Do you've a Mr. Drake registered? ” The clerk used to be younger and bored. He glanced via a dossier of playing cards and nodded. “Number three-oh-nine. I don’t think he’s in, however,” he further with a look in the back of him at rows of numbered key compartments. Shayne moved to the top of the counter and lifted the receiver of a home mobilephone. He requested for 309 and listened to the ringing for a protracted minute with no changing the receiver. Then he hung up and strolled around the foyer to a small table with the signal Bell Captain over it.

If you’ve acquired this type of list and it proves the lady didn’t confess like Denton says, why come to me? Hell, you'll wreck him. ” “Sure I could—and can. but when I hit him with that, don’t you recognize he’ll hit again? We either move down—and I’m no longer idiot adequate to take it at the chin simply to get Denton. ” Soule tapped the ideas of his palms delicately at the table. “I can see that. but when you’re telling the reality why don’t you visit him? What have I acquired to do with it? ” “Plenty. i feel you’re shrewdpermanent. Denton’s bull-headed.

He came across them hung in disarray on a chair beside the mattress. at the ground beside a chair, Lucile’s garments lay in a bit pile. “Be quickly approximately it,” the bluecoat ordered gruffly from the entrance. “We can’t be retaining the wagon for you . ” Shayne pulled his undershirt over his head and slid into his shorts. As he pulled on his pants he acknowledged to Lucile, “We’ve been framed, child. retain your chin up. ” “Sure you’ve been framed. ” The cop guffawed from the entrance. “We shoulda warned you we used to be gonna pull a raid.

Definitely … and thank you back. ” Shayne hunched his giant shoulders in a shrug. “You could have performed me a prefer. ” Drinkley shot him a brief, wondering look. His skinny mouth opened in shock, and he began to converse, yet Shayne waved his hand in dismissal and went again to his chair. He pulled out an empty drawer and fumbled in it because the officer went out and closed the door. Shayne used to be frowning on the misty home windows and lightly massaging his earlobe whilst his table phone rang. He picked up the receiver and stated, “Shayne talking.

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