Death of a Macho Man (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries, No. 12)

By M. C. Beaton

The one-man Scottish police strength Hamish Macbeth returns in his 12th well-turned secret because the top suspect within the homicide of the city ne'er-do-well, Randy "Macho guy" Duggan, whose actual killer is unusually shut handy.

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He had a gloomy meal in an all-night café after which went again to the car-park and sat and waited for one within the morning. He approximately fell asleep yet jerked himself absolutely unsleeping and glanced on the clock at the dashboard. Ten to 1. He moved quickly out of the car-park and raced around to police headquarters. invoice was once status outdoors, ready impatiently. “Come on,” he snapped. “I’m commencing to remorse this. ” He led the best way upstairs after signing Hamish in as Mr. Sinclair. He placed Hamish in a bleak cubby-hole of a room and acknowledged sternly, “Wait the following. ” So Hamish waited, hearing the night-time sounds of town, attempting to transparent his mind, which used to be changing into much more fogged with anxiousness. After it slow, invoice got here again wearing heavy books of photos. “You can commence with these,” he stated curtly. All his past friendliness had long gone. invoice was once evidently regretting his choice to assist Hamish. Hamish took off the glasses and blinked for a second myopically to get his personal first-class eyesight again into concentration. He all started learning the faces within the books whereas a white-faced clock at the wall ticked away the mins after which the hours. What may Randy have replaced approximately his beneficial properties? nostril? Chin? Hairline? He wouldn’t have had cosmetic surgery for good looks, that used to be needless to say, yet just to conceal his identification. At six within the morning, invoice got here in and thumped a cup of espresso in entrance of Hamish. “Going to be for much longer? ” he requested curtly. Hamish sighed and ran his skinny hands via his brief dyed hair. His mind all of sudden appeared to solve. He tapped the books. “Which of those villains has been eager about significant theft? Or, glance, allow me positioned it differently. Let’s opt for the large time. What used to be the most important theft of money in Glasgow in recent times? ” invoice sat down, without warning curious. “I feel you suggest unsolved theft. good, permit me see, there has been the break-in on the Celtic financial institution. No, wait a piece, we bought somebody for that. i do know, nineteen eighty-nine. one other financial institution. ” “The Scottish and common? ” requested Hamish, all of sudden remembering John Glover. “No, it was once the Clyde and South-Western financial institution. the top workplace in wish highway. ” “What occurred? ” “They hijacked the chief from his domestic. One guy stayed at the back of with a gun held at his spouse and kids. supervisor did what they acknowledged. spread out the financial institution. unfolded the secure. obtained away with over hundreds of thousands kilos. ” Hamish fingered the books eagerly. “Who was once suspected? ” “There’s a villain we’ve merely heard approximately from our underworld contacts. often called Gentleman Jim. presupposed to were the brains at the back of it. We pulled in numerous of the standard low existence who may have performed this yet couldn’t crack any of them. This Gentleman Jim turns out to run a reign of terror. yet in contrast to the Kray brothers, nobody at the strength understands who he's. Villains get under the influence of alcohol, villains brag, yet nobody will supply us a murmur approximately him. ” “So who did you pull in to query in this theft? ” invoice pulled ahead the books and commenced to skim via them. “Usual lot. them all with alibis. the place are they? ” “Holding a gun on a girl and kids,” mused Hamish.

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