By Brett Halliday

Mayme by no means gave something away. This time she was once promoting information-the low down on 1000000 greenback racket.

She used to be prepared to inform Mike every little thing for a trifling thousand in cash... yet with a lady like Mayme, the motion was once extra fascinating than the talk...

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His personal prints had obliterated them. The doorways of rooms alongside the corridor have been closed other than the single on the head of the steps the place the redhead had accosted him within the afternoon. He dragged the brim of his hat low at the left facet of his face, tucked his chin down, and went down the steps. He ran into a guy coming during the entrance door and the guy squared off with a surly curse, yet Shayne brushed previous him and out to his roadster. “What occurred? ” Phyllis requested eagerly as he obtained lower than the steering-wheel. “Was Mayme’s info worthy coming for? Did she inform you something very important? ” Shayne moved his head almost immediately and negatively, then comfy at the back of the wheel and shoved his hat again from his brow. A cry of dismay escaped Phyllis’s lips whilst she observed his face. “What is it, Michael? What occurred up there? ” “Mayme Martin isn’t going to do any talking—ever,” he acknowledged harshly. “She’s lifeless. ” “Oh—” Phyllis pressed her hand opposed to her mouth. “It seems like suicide at the surface,” he went on slowly, “but i believe it used to be mounted to seem that means. ” “You mean—murder? ” He nodded and leaned ahead to show at the ignition. “We’d larger break out from the following in a rush. ” “But shouldn’t you inform the police, Mike? it'd be hours sooner than a person will locate her. ” “Mayme won’t mind,” he muttered. “But, Michael! simply think—” He stated, “No,” with savage depth and swerved round a nook towards Biscayne street. Phyllis shrank clear of him and he drove quickly, having a look instantly forward. “She’s dead,” he stated after a time. “Nothing can swap that. Can’t you spot the spot I’d be in if I stated it? ” “I believe so. Still—no you can actually blame you. ” He laughed almost immediately, swinging into the street northward. “I’m damned completely happy Mayme Martin wasn’t murdered on Peter Painter’s facet of the bay. in fact, i do know Will Gentry wouldn’t suspect me of homicide. yet he’d wish the solutions to lots of questions—answers I can’t provide him right away. I wouldn’t blame him for now not believing me. My tale sounds screwy as hell, and he is aware I by no means inform something if i feel i will be able to make a rate via holding nonetheless. He’d need to carry me, Phyl, and meanwhile there’s a task to be performed in Cocopalm. We’ve bought to come back there so speedy nobody will suspect we’ve been away—and take a seat tight until eventually this factor is cleared up. ” In a small voice Phyllis acknowledged, “All right,” and subsided opposed to him. Shayne nosed the roadster into the mad racing parade going north towards the puppy music and held it at seventy-five. bankruptcy Six: an outstanding position FOR SNOOPING THE RACES HAD all started after they approached the song for the second one time. Shayne slowed the automobile and grinned at Phyllis, who sat up directly and rationale, cocking her darkish head towards the racketing sound of the mechanical rabbit and the gleeful yelps of the hounds pursuing it round the oval song. He requested, “Want to prevent and absorb a number of races whereas i am going on into city and perform a little checking up? ” Phyllis shook her head regretfully. “It’s no enjoyable to move on my own. perhaps you’ll be popping out later to monitor for counterfeit tickets and I’ll include you.

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