Fistful of Death (Peter Chambers)

By Henry Kane

The proposition gave the impression of a pushover. All Peter Chambers needed to do was once discover the place a teen-aged chorine were for the earlier month and why. And for that details the girl's father, a wealthy banker, could pay Chambers a funky thousand cash. It was once a brief strategy to earn a few effortless funds. So Chambers thought...until he figured out that the fistful of money carried a bit whatever additional besides it—A FISTFUL OF loss of life.

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That used to be said. Flanders were bread-and-butter for Barker for lots of a long time, and Barker had stood like a rock opposed to Flanders’ vituperative tongue, and had taken it. If there has been a sub-surface contest among Janet and Linda, there has been a sub-strata contest among Joel and Freddie — all unstated, after all: soft as silk, peaches and cream — however it made for wittily astringent blind goods within the gossip columns, and had the bloods of the city all churned up. Barker retrieved Janet’s wrap and hung it approximately her shoulders. The wrap used to be a full-length sable coat which Janet couldn't in all likelihood come up with the money for. We bought our issues, and at the means out, I acknowledged, “You kiddies going to Flanders’ too? ” “But of course,” acknowledged Janet Lewis. “Can I thumb a trip? ” I acknowledged to Joel. “Ask her,” Joel stated. “She’s using. ” “Can I thumb a journey? ” I acknowledged to Janet. “Or may still I say may perhaps I? ” “Ask him,” Janet acknowledged. “He’s a very jealous outdated tyrant. ” “Jealous of him? ” Barker chuckled. “Don’t make me snicker. ” “Now, please,” I acknowledged, aggrieved. “Dear wolf,” Barker stated, “perhaps in traditional conditions, a guy as younger as you, and as beautiful, probably a tinge might input into my considering. yet no tinge enters. Wanna comprehend why? ” “I’m bursting,” I stated. “Suzy Lyons,” he stated. “That younger woman is on her approach to be a celebrity. If you’re the boy good friend of a celebrity, nice calls for are made upon you. You’re a frazzle of your former self. ” “You should know,” I acknowledged. “Verily,” he acknowledged, and chuckled back, and shepherded us out into the road the place the doorman stated Janet’s Lincoln Continental, and a Lincoln Continental Janet couldn't have the funds for both. “Some class,” I stated to Janet Lewis. “Thank you,” acknowledged Joel Barker. i assumed approximately them, Flanders and Barker, as we drove in the course of the snow; Flanders and Barker, the main winning generating staff within the heritage of the theatre in long island. Freddie used to be the genius — no trick notice — Freddie used to be the genius, said, accredited, embellished; an ambulatory landmark, mentioned as often as Grant’s Tomb or the UN development — author (words and music), director and manufacturer of 22 very-tip-of-the-top hit indicates over the process the prior twenty-five years. (There have been 4 flops yet even these had paid off as movie houses lower than the guiding hand of one other form of genius — the note extra loosely used: Joel Barker. ) Barker was once the enterprise guy of the workforce: all company was once within the fingers of the good Barker. that they had met thirty years in the past whilst the callow Freddie was once bruisingly and unavailingly flinging himself opposed to the bastions of Tin Pan Alley as a songwriter, and the marginally extra mature Joel used to be already tired of the regimen of the tasks of qualified Public Accountant. Joel had song in his blood (his father were a recognized live performance pianist) and Freddie had tune in his center, and was once overflowing with it. Freddie performed and sang for Joel one evening, and Joel had fallen in love — probably “love” is the suitable note because Joel had remained a bachelor for the remainder of his existence.

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