The Zebra-Striped Hearse (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

Strictly talking, Lew Archer is barely speculated to dig up the airborne dirt and dust on a wealthy man's suspicious soon-to-be son-in-law. yet very quickly in any respect Archer is following a path of corpses from the citrus belt to Mazatlan. after which there's the zebra-striped hearse and its team of gorgeous, sunburned surfers, whose course turns out to maintain crossing the son-in-law's--and Archer's--in a robust, fast moving novel of homicide at the California coast.

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She obtained up and left the room. We didn’t talk about the topic back. I felt that Mark had made a mistake in telling her. It didn’t increase the placement one of the 3 folks. ” “When did this ensue? ” “Some time in March or April. I think Mark used to be involved in the beginning of the kid, and that’s why he spoke to Harriet, even though he by no means acknowledged a note approximately it to me. in retrospect, it does throw a few mild on what Harriet was once feeling. Dolly had displaced her in Mark’s affections, as she inspiration. a number of months later she hooked up herself to Dolly’s widower.

Didn’t you assert she sought after him to seem after her thousand money? ” “Yes, and perhaps he must have. ” She glanced round the little room as though an individual can be spying on the keyhole or the window. She diminished her voice to a whisper: “I imagine she used to be killed for that cash. ” “By Bruce, you suggest? ” “By him, or someone else. ” “Did Ralph inform the police approximately it? ” “No. ” “And you didn’t both? ” “Why may still I ask for difficulty? You get sufficient difficulty during this lifestyles with no popping out and inquiring for it.

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Burke Damis hadn’t. My tentative end, which I saved to myself, used to be that Damis had entered the USA lower than the identify of Simpson. considering the fact that he couldn’t depart Mexico with out a nontransferable vacationer card or input this nation with out evidence of citizenship, the probabilities have been that Q. R. Simpson used to be Damis’s actual identify. The well mannered younger Mexican informed me additional that the group of the July 10 flight had flown in from Mexico back early this afternoon. The pilot and copilot have been within the workplace now, yet they wouldn’t comprehend something in regards to the passengers.

I sponsored throughout the doorway. “Close the door. remain in there. ” I obeyed his orders. the rest room appeared hideously frequent. The towel lay like a maimed factor within the sink. Blackwell’s gun went off at the different aspect of the door. It was once nonetheless in his mouth whilst I reached him, like a pipe of queer layout which he had fallen asleep smoking. bankruptcy 29 I bought again TO Isobel Blackwell round midday. All morning county autos had bumped down the previous blacktop highway, and county males had tramped backward and forward alongside the gangway to the seashore apartment.

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