Black Money (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

While Lew Archer is employed to get the products at the suspiciously artful Frenchman who is run off along with his client's female friend, it seems like an easy case of alienated affections. issues glance various while the mysterious foreigner seems to be hooked up to a seven-year-old suicide and a mountain of playing money owed. Black Money is Ross Macdonald at his best.

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He used to be silent whereas his malleable face went via new changes. “I am a detective, in a manner. ” “Where’s your badge? ” He reached into his pocket for anything, most likely a dime-store badge, then replaced his brain. “I don’t have one,” he admitted. “I’m only a type of beginner dick, it's possible you'll say, having a look into whatever for a pal. She”—he swallowed the pronoun—“they didn’t say whatever approximately this type of difficulty. ” “Maybe we will make a deal finally. allow me see your driver’s license. ” He acquired out his worn billfold and passed me a photostat. HARRY HENDRICKS 10750 Vanowen, Apt. 12 Canoga Park, Calif intercourse M colour HAIR brn colour EYES blu peak 5’9” WEIGHT one hundred sixty five MARRIED no DATE OF beginning Apr 12 1928 AGE 38 From the decrease left-hand nook a photo of Harry grinned at me. I took down the deal with and the variety of the license in my workstation. “What do you need all that stuff for? ” he stated in a apprehensive voice. “So i will be able to hold tune of you. What do you do for a dwelling, Harry? ” “Sell automobiles. ” “I don’t think you. ” “Used autos, on commission,” he stated bitterly. “I was once an coverage adjuster however the little fellows can’t compete with the massive boys anymore. I’ve performed loads of issues in my time. identify it and that i performed it. ” “Ever do time? ” He gave me a damage glance. “Of direction no longer. You acknowledged anything a couple of deal. ” “I wish to understand who I’m facing. ” “Hell, you could belief me. I’ve acquired connections. ” “In the used automobile enterprise? ” “You’d be surprised,” he acknowledged. “And what do your connections wish you to do to Martel? ” “Nothing to him. I’m simply alleged to case the joint and discover who he's if i will. ” “Who is he? ” Harry unfold his palms on most sensible of the steerage wheel. “I basically been on the town under twenty-four hours, and the neighborhood yokels don’t be aware of a specific thing approximately him. ” He peered at me sideways. “If you’re a cop such as you say—” “I didn’t say. I’m a personal detective. This region is precisely patrolled. ” the 2 proof have been real, yet unrelated. Harry comparable them. “Then you have to be capable of get the knowledge. There’s funds in it, lets break up it methods. ” “How a lot? ” “A hundred i'll promise you. ” “I’ll see what i will discover. the place are you staying on the town? ” “The Breakwater resort. That’s at the waterfront. ” “And who's the girl who positioned you as much as this? ” “Nobody acknowledged whatever a few girl. ” “You stated ‘she. ’ ” “I should have been contemplating my spouse. She’s received not anything to do with this. ” “I can’t think that. Your drivers license says you aren’t married. ” “I am married, although. ” the purpose appeared very important to him, as though I’d denied him club within the human race. “That’s a mistake at the license. I forgot i used to be married that day, I mean—” His clarification was once interrupted via the sleek mutter of a automobile coming down the winding driveway above us. It was once Martel’s black Bentley. the fellow in the back of the wheel wore oblong darkish glasses which coated the higher a part of his face like a masks. the lady beside him had on darkish glasses, too. They nearly made her appear like any Hollywood blonde.

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