Counterfeit Wife (Michael Shayne, Book 15)

By Brett Halliday

A woman is abducted and her ransom funds is going lacking. Why is a former senator focused on the cash and what should be his connection to all of it?

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Shayne obtained up and went towards the door. Bates hurried to intercept him. He stated, loudly adequate to be heard above the moan of the juke-box and the excited voices of the folks within the room, “No you don’t, friend. You don’t get out of the following with no purchasing the beverages. ” His correct hand was once hidden inside of his sagging pocket. Shayne stored correct on strolling towards the door. He heard a motor racing outdoors. Then it used to be throttled right down to a gradual purr. Bates was once relocating in at an perspective to intercept him prior to he reached the door. He went on speaking in a noisy and offended voice. “You’re now not jogging outta right here with no paying. That’s a lead-pipe cinch. I don’t wish difficulty, yet I—” He used to be inside of six toes of Shayne, and his correct hand used to be popping out of his pocket. Shayne hadn’t appeared in his course yet now he whirled, took one lunging step sideways, and threw a left hook to Bates’s sq. jaw. Bates reeled backward and went down. Shayne sprinted towards the reveal door. Bates’s . forty five roared at the back of him and a slug plunked into the door casing above his head as he went via. the grey sedan used to be pulled up outdoors with the right-hand door status open and the motor roaring. He dived into the seat beside the girl, and the automobile raced ahead down the gravel force to the macadam. He acknowledged, “Nice going, child. We just—” He sucked in his breath and extra, “Maybe we didn’t,” as tires screeched, and a massive motor vehicle with dimmed lighting lurched into the driveway. Mrs. Dawson swung the guidance wheel violently to the perfect and stepped not easy at the gasoline to prevent a collision. there have been harassed shouts at the back of them as she swerved to the left into thirty sixth road in moment apparatus. She sat erect with either fingers loosely at the steerage wheel. The sedan obtained as much as fifty in moment apparatus and used to be tearing itself to items prior to she shifted into excessive. Shayne used to be performing some quick figuring on how lengthy it should take Bates to provide the reinforcements the hundred-dollar invoice and ship them racing after the grey sedan. They heard a number of scattered photographs from the path of the thrill membership. the girl seemed up on the replicate and stated, “My God! They’re coming—but quick. ” She switched off her lighting and further frivolously, “We may possibly make it but, great boy. ” within the mild of the moon, now shining in a pool of unclouded sky, the immediately black macadam had a grayish sheen. the way in which the sedan trembled, Shayne knew it needs to be making greater than seventy. He grinned into the darkish and stated wonderingly, “You’re doing very well. in case you pull this one out of the bag I’ll owe you many of beverages. ” “I’ll have the ability to use much. ” Her eyes have been at the street forward; she used to be gripping the wheel tighter. lighting fixtures flashed by means of on both sides of the road, and Shayne learned that they have been forthcoming the extra thickly populated portion of the town right. The headlights of the pursuing motor vehicle have been relentlessly gaining. “What type of jam you in? ” she requested. “I don’t recognize. i feel they’d quite get me alive, even though. ” She lifted her foot from the accelerator and positioned it at the brake. The sedan settled again on its haunches with tires screaming.

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