When Dorinda Dances (Michael Shayne, Book 22)

By Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne befriends a dancer in a Miami hotspot.

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In a gentle voice he requested the table clerk to ring Police leader Will Gentry’s cellphone at domestic. He gave the quantity and waited. A sleepy voice rumbled, “Gentry. ” “Mike Shayne, Will. There’s a hunk of lifeless skunk in my condominium. I want you’d ship the men to cart it away. ” “Are you kidding, Mike? How did—” “You comprehend I by no means child a few stiff. ” “Oh—that. For a minute i assumed one in all your relatives—” “Cut it, Will. ” Shayne sighed wearily and audibly. “He’s messing up my flooring, and town will pay you to keep up such things as that. ” He hung up, poured himself a drink, and some mins later the murder squad was once swarming over the residence. bankruptcy VI leader WILL GENTRY WAITED impassively till he and Shayne have been by myself sooner than settling again and rumbling, “Okay, Mike, i do know who the stiff is, and you’ve given me your model of ways he died. Now, you’d greater provide me why. ” “Yeh,” acknowledged Shayne morosely. “But you won’t love it, Will. ” “I wouldn’t like whatever at this hour within the morning,” Gentry grunted. “Don’t you ever visit mattress? ” “This occurs to be one in every of my busy nights,” Shayne informed him with a gradual grin. “I’ve advised you Ricky Moran used to be a few type of a reserving agent and was once coping with a dancer at l. a. Roma. ” Gentry took a cigar from his mouth and checked out its sparkling tip. “You’ve instructed me that,” he stated patiently. “I went in the market for dinner final evening. I observed the lady dance. After the 1st convey, i purchased her a dinner, and we talked. whilst she was once via for the evening she got here the following. approximately 4 o’clock. Moran received suspicious and her. He didn’t understand my room quantity, and whilst Dick known as me from the table I received him to stall Moran till I referred to as again. That gave me an opportunity to get the lady down the fireplace break out. yet Moran didn’t purchase it while i attempted to inform him she hadn’t been right here. He bought difficult and pulled a gun. I’ve informed you the rest—straight self-defense,” he ended with a hint of smugness. “My God,” Gentry groaned. “You nonetheless tomcatting? possibly it was once self-defense within the bottom line, yet it’s now not sturdy. combating over a dance-hall twitch! You scouse borrow a guy’s doll—” “Moran was once her manager,” Shayne broke in flippantly. “She guaranteed me he had no different strings on her. How the hell used to be I to understand he’d take it that approach? ” Gentry moved his graying head slowly backward and forward. “What in hell does this dancer have hundred others don’t have? ” he requested disgustedly. “For one thing—” Shayne took the image from its face-down place at the desk and passed it to Gentry, then settled again to monitor the chief’s face with ironic enjoyment because it grew to become a deeper color of crimson. “This does tear it, Mike. ” He slapped the picture down at the low desk among them. “If the papers pay money for this, I’ll need to convey you to trial. rattling it, part the ministers on the town can be preaching approximately it subsequent Sunday. You’ll be fortunate to get off with 40 years. ” “Yeh,” stated Shayne. “That’s why we’ll need to supply the papers another tale. That—and as a result of Dorinda’s actual identify. ” “What’s her identify obtained to do with it?

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