By Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne attempts to discover the killer of a tender reporter who desired to use his juicy tale for blackmail reasons.

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She’s now not useless? ” Shayne requested quietly. “Nope. yet she’s certain as hell out like a mild. Morgan’s in there arguing with the document. ” “If she isn’t conscious,” acknowledged Shayne good-naturedly, “it can’t do any damage to move in and spot what the rating is. ” Sergeant Allen pursed his complete lips, creased his brow and at last agreed, “I bet no longer. leader didn’t say something other than you wasn’t to speak to her. ” “I’m yes Morgan can be chuffed to run me out if she recovers sufficient to speak. ” Shayne driven previous the sergeant right into a living-room exact in dimension and form with Grandma Peabody’s. There the resemblance ended, for the following was once cluttered affliction unlike the stainless neatness of the opposite room. a protracted, slim desk was once stacked with magazines and outdated newspapers, and part a dozen ash trays have been choked with cigarette stubs. The pillows at the sofa have been beaten and rumpled, and books have been thrust haphazardly in dusty bookshelves. A slender passageway led from the heart of the room to 2 bedrooms with a tub in among. Shayne heard the sound of indignant voices and sauntered down the slender corridor to an open door. “… amazing highhanded means of doing things,” Detective Morgan was once announcing. “I let you know this lady is a crucial witness in a homicide research. ” “And I’m her physician,” healthcare professional Meeker responded crisply. “I don’t care if Saint Peter desires to interview her. She’s my sufferer, and so long as she’s alive I won’t have her disturbed. This injection is critical, and that i intend to manage it. ” “I’m caution you, physician, that you’re prone to prosecution. ” Shayne stepped right into a bed room with colours reduced. He stated provocatively, “Don’t pay any consciousness to Morgan, health care provider. while i am getting round to it I’m going to prosecute him for digging into my deepest workplace documents. ” Morgan whirled round and confronted Shayne with a antagonistic gaze, however the surgeon remained in his bent place, protecting Betty Jackson’s arm in a single hand and a hypodermic needle within the different. placing the needle deftly he acknowledged, “I don’t comprehend who you're, yet i've got no goal of endangering my patient’s existence simply to please a few oaf of a policeman. ” “What are you doing the following, Shayne? ” Morgan demanded. “Didn’t Sergeant Allen inform you—” “That I wasn’t to interview Mrs. Jackson. From what I simply heard i suppose there’s now not a lot hazard of my doing that, is there, health care provider? ” “Not for a minimum of six hours,” acknowledged the health professional, retreating the needle and massaging the spot on his patient’s arm with a bit of cotton. He was once a quick, heavy-set guy with grey hair and a powerful jaw that used to be for the time being set determinedly. He glanced casually at Shayne with out convey of popularity and started changing issues in his black physician’s bag. “Will Mrs. Jackson be alright? ” Shayne requested anxiously. “With right care and a spotlight she should still regain awareness presently after midday with out results worse than a foul hangover,” he spoke back gravely. “But I completely forbid any try to waken her for wondering earlier than she rouses from her as a rule.

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