By Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne tangles with a Miami seashore blackmailer on behalf of a long-forgotten friend

It's been 4 years because his spouse was once murdered, and Mike Shayne isn't willing to recollect the outdated days. He's again in Miami while he sees Christine, as soon as his wife's closest buddy, and anything in his intestine tells him to stick away. Newly married, Christine has racked up $10,000 in playing accounts, and she's able to pawn the single worthwhile factor she owns: a string of beneficial pearls. She asks Shayne to make the handoff. The setup smells fishy, yet he is of the same opinion to help—not for Christine's sake, yet for the reminiscence of the lady he loved.

Through somewhat quickly pondering, Shayne erases the debt with out wasting the pearls. His buyer could be thrilled, yet Christine is livid that he replaced the plan. prior to lengthy, Shayne is trapped in an online of blackmail and homicide, the place the #1 suspect is Mike Shayne.

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The Leslie Hudson’s house,” he advised her. “Perhaps you recognize them. ” A moderate tremor rippled the size of her physique. She used to be like a panther flexing its muscle tissues to spring. She acknowledged, “We comprehend so few humans the following. You didn’t point out what your corporation is, Mr. Shayne. ” “I’m a detective. ” “Oh? ” Her eyes have been veiled now and while she stated, “Perhaps you’d like a drink,” her voice was once no longer so warmly provocative. She reached towards a silver bell at the desk. “A drink will be welcome. ” She struck the bell sharply, then positioned the binoculars to her eyes to brush the skin of the bay back. “My husband is coming in now. That outboard close to the northward shore. ” The maid got here out from a facet door and approached them, sporting her slender physique haughtily. She didn't converse whilst she reached the desk beside her mistress’ chair, yet picked up the empty glass and waited with a glance of disdain in her blue eyes. Mrs. Morrison stated, “Two Scotch and sodas, June,” glancing at Shayne for affirmation. He acknowledged, “Plenty of ice and never an excessive amount of soda, please,” and the maid went again to the home. “So you’re a detective? ” Estelle stated. “It needs to be frightfully fascinating paintings. ” Shayne permit his gaze flow over her partially bare shape. “I meet fascinating humans. ” “Are you a kind of detectives who make like to undesirable other halves and get them in compromising events for divorce proof? ” “I’ve refrained from that kind of work,” he instructed her flippantly. “When i am getting right into a compromising state of affairs i admire to do it alone time. ” He grinned up at her from his cross-legged place at the grass. “Circumstances adjust cases,” he further. “Now if the Victor Morrisons have been having marital problems, it might be a excitement to assist him get facts. ” She didn't smile, yet stared at him stonily, the golf green flecks in her eyes seeming to truly soften away, leaving them totally yellow. “You will not be amusing,” she acknowledged coldly. “What is your corporation with my husband? ” “That,” acknowledged Shayne, “is among Mr. Morrison and myself. ” She began to say whatever else, however the maid was once imminent with the beverages on a tray. Estelle stood up and lifted the binoculars back, focusing them at the little sailboat occupied by way of the younger boy and lady. She held them progressively whereas the maid set the tray at the desk and went away. Then she stated, “My God, these childrens. …” Shayne grinned and collected his glass. He requested, “Is that your husband’s boat docking down there? ” She became speedy, gave him a withering glance, picked up her glass and stated, “I’ll depart you to debate your mysterious company with him, Mr. Detective Shayne. ” She used to be as tall as such a lot males, and she or he walked barefooted around the grass with sinuous grace, swaying just a little above the hips. Shayne sipped his drink and watched her until eventually she went into the home, then obtained up and strolled right down to the personal dock. A lad of approximately fourteen, tow-headed and bronzed, donning just a pair of bathing trunks, was once within the stern expertly dealing with the tiller and swinging the boat in a large arc along the dock.

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