Dead Man's Diary & A Taste for Cognac (Michael Shayne, Book 10)

By Brett Halliday

A Michael Shayne homicide secret with a complicated lady reporter occupied with a case of smuggled cognac, a cruelly tortured useless sea captain and an island fort jam-packed with trigger-happy hoods.

+ one other Michael Shayne novella.

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He rainy his pudgy, cracked lips. “At first there has been. A soldier off the troopship, identify of Albert Hawley. He was once harm within the explosion and we pulled him out of the water. He lived 4 or 5 days. Jasper nursed him the simplest he may well however it wasn’t any use. He died with Jasper keeping him in his palms at evening and we buried him at sea subsequent morning. ” “Jasper referred to him a lot,” Mrs. Groat stated. “He lived the following in New Orleans. His mom is that wealthy Mrs. Hawley. Jasper anticipated them to name him up after the newspaper tale got here out. He didn’t be aware of no matter if he should name them or now not. appeared as if that used to be partially what stricken him. ” “You do not know the place he went this night? ” Shayne requested. She shook her head despairingly. “But i do know he made a mobilephone name while i used to be out this afternoon. He used to be simply putting up while I got here again. He acted unusual approximately it. He denied making any name and bought mad whilst I insisted I’d heard him as I got here in. I heard him say, ‘I’ll anticipate you very first thing within the morning,’ after which he hung up. ” Shayne requested, “What approximately a few neighbors he may need long past to determine? He can have replaced his brain after he went out. ” “No. He would’ve instructed me. ” She wiped her eyes with a rouge-mottled handkerchief. “You see, we have been going out to dinner to have fun while he got here again. We continuously do while he is available in from a voyage. ” She started to sob, and moaned. “Oh, i do know whatever lousy has occurred to him. I simply realize it. ” “She’s right,” Cunningham stated soberly. “The dinner was once going to be on me. We deliberate all of it within the lifeboat. He referred to as me up approximately 8 o’clock to ring a bell in me of it. i do know he wouldn’t run out on me. ” Shayne stated, “There’s no longer a lot i will be able to do this night. have you ever known as the police? ” Faintly Mrs. Groat echoed, “The police? ” Her eyes, dried of tears, stared tragically at Shayne. “Of course,” he stated. He went to the telephone and dialed. After a short dialog with the table sergeant, he hung up and went towards the door, announcing, “The police haven’t heard whatever to this point. They’ll name you in the event that they do. I’ll take a look into issues the next day to come. ” Cunningham stood up. “I could in addition pass alongside, Mrs. Groat. I’ll name you very first thing within the morning, and that i convinced desire Jasper turns up very well. ” He grew to become to Lucy, his black eyes operating boldly over her mild determine as he stated, “Good evening. ” Shayne had his hand at the doorknob. He sauntered again into the room and sat down. whilst Cunningham went out, Lucy grew to become flaming cheeks to Shayne and flared, “Did you spot the best way he checked out me? ” Shayne chuckled. “He’s simply been rescued after weeks adrift in a lifeboat. ” Then to Mrs. Groat, “If you haven’t heard out of your husband within the morning name me at my place of work. ” Mrs. Groat dragged herself up from the deep cushions. Lucy placed an arm round her and observed her to her house around the corridor. Shayne allow himself down within the elevator. within the place of work he stopped prior to the girl who was once nonetheless placidly knitting and requested, “Do you retain a list of calls during the switchboard? ” She acknowledged, “Outgoing calls,” with no having a look up.

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