By Brett Halliday
Shayne is employed by way of the fiancé of a lifeless lady to determine what occurred in her obvious suicide test. They have been presupposed to be married the very subsequent day, yet she supposedly went into her room, grew to become at the fuel grate within the fire, and drifted off into the ultimate sleep with a grin upon her lips. She labored as a maid on the domestic of the Lomax relatives, the exact same residence the place upon the evening of her loss of life an emerald necklace insured for $125,000 was once stolen. because it so occurs (very with ease so) the coverage corporation that issued the coverage additionally hires Shayne to get well the necklace, and rancid he is going to rattle cages, stir the pot, and usually stick his nostril the place it doesn’t belong.
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N-o-o. no longer that means, I don’t imagine. yet I drove her as soon as whilst she was once lovely tight. particularly your time ago,” he amended. Shayne pulled the silver items again. placing them in his pocket he stated, “That’s worthy a five-spot,” and took out his pockets. “Thanks. ” Bud reached out a dirty hand for the invoice. “Was she on my own in the event you drove her—when she used to be tight? ” Shayne held the invoice in his hand. “No, sir. She had a soldier along with her. ” Shayne tossed the invoice around the desk. The cabbie took it and went out. Shayne comprehensive his drink, tugging absently at his ear lobe. A development used to be starting to emerge—if he may possibly merely see it truly. The Laurel membership figured in it by some means. there have been too many signposts. He referred to as headquarters and requested for leader McCracken and was once knowledgeable that the executive had long gone domestic. He known as the chief’s apartment and received him there. “What are you aware concerning the Laurel membership, Mac? ” he requested. “Off the checklist? ” McCracken chuckled. “Sure. ” “It’s on Chartres among St. Louis and Toulouse. Dan Trueman runs it and there’s by no means any difficulty. He retains his exhibits fresh sufficient to prevent the vice squad, and if there’s any playing within the again room we’ve by no means had a squawk to base a raid on. ” Shayne stated, “Fair enough,” and additional reflectively, “Dan Trueman? ” “He’s after your time,” McCracken informed him. “No list, and he’s equipped the membership up from a shoestring to a pleasant take. That’s all i will be able to offer you, Mike. nonetheless attempting to find emeralds? ” Shayne grunted. “And no good fortune. thank you, Mac. ” He hung up and ran his surrender a bristly development of crimson whiskers. He bought up and became off the lighting fixtures in either places of work at a swap within the reception room. It was once a brief force right down to St. Charles and as much as Carondelet the place he had a three-room walk-up condo in an outdated two-story place of dwelling that have been transformed and modernized. He parked his automobile on the decrease and went up the trail and wood steps to the veranda. Stairs led at once up from the double front doorways, and the friendly scent of hugely professional meals pervaded the home as he climbed them at a brisk velocity. He entered a high-ceilinged nook room with freshly papered partitions and a brand new rug at the flooring. An vintage chandelier gave gentle from a dozen small bulbs whilst he flipped the change. It used to be unpleasantly hot within the condominium and he opened a double window sooner than going into the bed room the place he took off his coat and tie. He picked up the night paper which were driven below his door and settled himself with ease, glanced over the headlines, then conscientiously learn the newspaper account of the loss of life of Katrin Moe and the robbery of the Lomax necklace. there has been not anything new within the newspaper account. Katrin’s demise used to be taken care of as suicide, even though the cause was once an admitted secret. A sob author had bought carry of the wedding-day attitude and performed it up seriously, with images of Lieutenant Drinkley and his bride-to-be. Nowhere within the tale used to be there any recommendation that there may be a connection among the girl’s demise and the lack of the necklace; and Mrs. Lomax’s negligence in leaving the necklace out of the secure used to be glossed over.