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Painter took a couple of frightened paces round the room, got here again to Smith and snapped, “So you made the decision to maintain the gun and blackmail Mr. Bronson? ” “That’s right,” drawled Smith. “I well-known him and that i knew he was once wealthy and that i notion i may make a great contact. I wrote him a letter Thursday evening and advised him to place that advert in today’s paper if he desired to deal. Then whilst i began over the following this night I received picked up by way of a few Miami law enforcement officials. ” a glance of whole bafflement came visiting Bronson’s heavy face. He stated, “This guy is maintaining Shayne for a few cause. It used to be Shayne who wrote me that letter difficult funds. ” “Have you were given the letter? ” Shayne requested. “It’s at domestic in a secure position. ” “You can cost Smith’s and my handwriting and discover quickly enough,” Shayne informed Painter. “Right now, it sort of feels to me a homicide cost is extra very important. ” “Right,” snapped Painter. He grew to become to Bronson. “Do you deny Smith’s tale of the way he got here into ownership of the pistol? ” “Of path I deny it. I didn’t pass close to Rourke’s condominium that evening. His whole tale is preposterous. ” Into the fast, useless silence that undefined, Shayne acknowledged evenly, “Why don’t we ask Mrs. Bronson in regards to the entire factor? She used to be a fantastic buddy of Rourke’s. ” “That’s an outrageous lie,” Bronson broke in hoarsely. “My spouse scarcely knew Rourke. ” “Not merely that,” Shayne went on, placidly ignoring him, “Bronson began for Rourke’s residence that evening at nine-thirty with a few own results in a Manila envelope. If Smith observed him popping out of there with a girl after Rourke was once shot, he should have been there. What did the girl seem like? ” he requested Smith. “She used to be a swell blonde. They got here down the again stairs and Mr. Bronson obtained in his vehicle and the lady received in hers. They have been parked on a facet highway. After I picked up the pistol the place he dropped it, I them in my motor vehicle. They either drove directly as much as Mr. Bronson’s residence and became within the force. ” Shayne acknowledged, “Your wife’s a blonde, Bronson. Did she assist you assault Rourke? ” “My spouse is unwell and has been restrained to her room for days,” acknowledged Bronson stiffly. His face used to be grey and he mopped it continuously. “Do i must sit down the following and hear those ridiculous insults to my wife—and those preposterous accusations? ” “Go forward and inform Painter your spouse has been restrained to her room basically for the reason that Wednesday morning,” Shayne acknowledged harshly. “Tell him you don’t enable the servants to determine her, and although you declare she’s unwell with a anxious breakdown, you haven’t referred to as a physician. ” “Is that correct? ” Painter snapped at Bronson. “She easily wanted rest,” Bronson protested. “There used to be little need for a physician. She’s had those assaults sooner than and continually recovers in a couple of days. ” “Do you usually lock her in her room whilst she has them? ” Shayne continued. Branson’s heavy lids closed over his eyes and he sank again. “I desired to defend her,” he moaned. “I’ll let you know the total fact. ” bankruptcy Seventeen: ONE LITTLE factor PAINTER GAVE SHAYNE A quick GLARE of chilly hatred, strutted to the swivel chair at the back of the table and acknowledged, “Now I’m getting someplace.

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