By Brett Halliday
For the sake of his associates, Mike Shayne tangles with blackmailers—and a murderer
The day he met Phyllis Brighton, Mike Shayne stored her from leaping out a window— and he has been rescuing her ever considering the fact that. First he helped her beat a homicide wrap; now he’s attempting to pry her clear of the sleaziest attorney in Dade County: Harry Grange. A mouthpiece for each criminal in Miami, Grange is operating a blackmail racket while Shayne sees him with Phyllis on his arm at a neighborhood playing corridor. Shayne warns his good friend to ditch her crooked beau, yet she is simply too proud to take his recommendation. regrettably for her, the connection will finish with murder.
Shayne will get the decision simply after he will get again to his workplace. Harry Grange has been stumbled on useless at the sands of Miami seashore. Even worse, Shayne’s gun is lacking and his pal Larry Kincaid can have used it to gun down the blackmailing attorney. to save lots of his buddies, Mike Shayne should outsmart the cleverest killer on the town.
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She had it in her strength to do this. Shayne had recognized she possessed that strength whilst he first met her months in the past. He had kept away from the difficulty. He set his empty glass down and regarded round for the waiter to reserve one other set of 4. Phyllis leaned towards him and the enterprise coolness of her hands closed over his vast hand. Her eyes have been darkly luminous. there has been a serene knowingness of stripling upon her face. She stated, “Please, Michael, don’t drink to any extent further at once. ” “All correct. I won’t. ” She patted the again of his hand and withdrew her palms. He stuck the waiter’s eye, referred to as him over, and ordered dinner. The pounding went from his temples and the fever of insufferable wish left his blood. Darkness settled extra seriously and the celebs have been brighter overhead. Shayne attacked his steak with the urge for food of a guy now not keen about doubts. Phyllis thoughtfully ate her crabmeat salad, discovering it strangely strong. After a time she acknowledged, “I’m slowly studying plenty of attention-grabbing issues in regards to the detective enterprise. yet I nonetheless don’t know how you are making a residing at it. You wouldn’t even take a retainer from me in the event you obtained me out of my difficulty. and that i don’t see how there may very well be any revenue accordingly simply ended. ” Shayne grinned at her. “I be capable of get alongside. although i used to be essentially dragged into this situation, and needed to swim out. And, by means of the way—” He took out his pockets and drew one-thousand greenback accounts from it, passed them to her. She checked out them in amazement. “Where—what are they for? ” “That’s the 2 grand I rescued for you from John Marco’s coffers. the cash you misplaced on his crooked roulette wheel. ” “But I didn’t know—” “Stick them on your handbag sooner than a few criminal lamps them and follows you home,” he urged. She obeyed him, murmured her astonished thank you, then resumed the dialogue of his source of revenue. “You attempted to persuade me that different time that you just made out alright with out my retainer. I’ve consistently believed you lied. i feel you’re mendacity now. ” “I by no means lie, Angel. now not approximately funds. ” He appeared round for the waiter and summoned him with a crooked finger. “Is the ultimate version of the ‘Miami information’ out? ” “I think so, sir. Shall i am getting one for you? ” Shayne stated, “Please. ” He grinned at Phyllis. “Now i do know you’re in earnest. one of many first issues I realized in getting my bachelor’s measure was once to watch out for a girl who takes a private curiosity on your source of revenue. ” “I’ve been in earnest the entire time,” she instructed him candidly. The waiter got here again with a folded paper. Shayne unfold it out and browse the most recent headline aloud: “Marsha Marco refutes rumor of her personal dying. ” He chuckled and browse it. “Apprised by way of newspaper tales that she had supposedly drowned in Biscayne Bay final evening, leave out Marsha Marco, favorite Miami seashore debutante, got here out of voluntary hiding to emphatically model the rumor as fake. Admitting herself to were an eyewitness to the homicide of Harry Grange, leave out Marco asserts she fled from her domestic and went into hiding lower than an assumed identify at a downtown inn after her father pressured her to withhold her testimony within the research of the loss of life of Grange, which—” Shayne stopped interpreting and laid the paper apart.