Ax (87th Precinct)

By Ed McBain

Eighty-six-year-old George Lasser used to be the superintendent of a construction within the 87th Precinct until eventually only in the near past. regrettably his tenure led to the building’s basement with a pointy, heavy blade of an ax in his head…

There are not any witnesses, no suspects, and no clues. The spouse and son? They’re either a bit off-kilter, yet they've got alibis. simply while Carella and Hawes are approximately to place the case at the shelf, the killer moves back. Now the detectives are sizzling at the path of a guy loopy adequate to homicide with an ax.

One of the 87th Precinct sequence’ most interesting installments, Ax is a pointy, extreme crime mystery that's vintage Ed McBain. The ny occasions hails it as “the better of today’s police stories—lively, creative, convincing, suspenseful, and thoroughly satisfactory.”

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You can’t lose anything,” Grossman stated. “What do you work got here first? The homicide or the robbery? ” “You’re procuring my concept? ” “I’m paying for whatever an individual is promoting those days,” Carella acknowledged, and smiled. “What do you think that the chronology used to be? ” “I don’t understand. possibly the homicide got here first. that may clarify the error. Our guy will not be so silly finally. possibly he easily panicked after the homicide. ” “You imagine he knew the place that money was once saved? ” “No signal of any ransacking, so he should have recognized. ” “Mm. ” “What do you think that, Steve? ” “I’ll let you know something,” Carella acknowledged. “For an eighty-seven-year-old cockuh…excuse me, do you realize Yiddish? ” “Yeah, yeah, I comprehend Yiddish,” Grossman stated. “For an eighty-seven-year-old cockuh, this Lasser personality is certain growing a secret guy. ” “Everybody’s a secret man,” Grossman stated philosophically. “It takes homicide to deliver out all of the hidden parts, that’s all. ” “Well, thanks besides for a pleasant alley to discover and a pleasant fingerprint to match opposed to a suspect, if we ever get a suspect. thanks greatly, Sam. ” “Don’t point out it,” Grossman acknowledged. “And don’t fear. You’ll crack this one, too. ” “You imagine so, Sam? ” “Of direction i feel so! What do you think’s going to occur? The undesirable guy’s going to win? Don’t be ridiculous! ” On Tuesday morning Cotton Hawes went downtown to 1107 Ganning road the place the accounting enterprise known as Cavanaugh and submit maintained its workplaces. Sigmund Reuhr had informed the detectives he’d as soon as been an accountant with that company, and Hawes went there in an try to study a bit extra concerning the respectably retired, sixty-five-year-old guy who attended crap video games in slum basements and who lied approximately them later. Uptown, in a slum basement, one cop ignored demise via 4 inches and one other cop overlooked staying alive by way of 4 inches. the individual Hawes spoke to within the company of Cavanaugh and put up was once none except Mr. Cavanaugh himself, who used to be a portly gentleman with a handlebar mustache and a florid complexion. Sitting contrary him, Hawes came upon it tricky to just accept Cavanaugh as an American businessman who were born in Philadelphia and raised on that city’s brotherly South aspect. Cavanaugh resembled a colonel of English cavalry, and Hawes totally anticipated him to yell “Charge! ” at any second after which push directly to hurricane the Turkish bastions. “You need to know approximately Siggie, huh? ” Cavanaugh acknowledged. “Why? Is he in a few kinda difficulty? ” “None at all,” Hawes acknowledged. “This is a regimen cost. ” “What does that suggest? ” “What does what suggest? ” Hawes stated. “A regimen money. What do you suggest by means of ‘routine check’? ” “We’re investigating a murder,” Hawes acknowledged flatly. “You imagine Siggie killed an individual? ” “No, that’s now not what we expect. yet sure facets of our details don’t appear to jibe, Mr. Cavanaugh. we've got cause to think Mr. Reuhr is mendacity to us, that is why we felt we should always check out his heritage a little extra greatly. ” “You speak nice,” Cavanaugh stated appreciatively. Hawes, embarrassed, stated, “Thank you.

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