By William Campbell Gault
To hit Brock the place it hurts the main, a vengeful stranger objectives the folks he loves
It starts off with the useless cat. Ex-private investigator Brock Callahan reveals the Siamese through his mailbox, its throat minimize, and assumes it's a message from a few criminal he positioned away in the past. quickly a letter arrives—"The cat used to be first. who's second?"—and Brock understands the danger isn't any funny story. He hires his protégé, the bold younger detective Corey Raleigh, to aid him defend his spouse and housekeeper, yet Corey has problems of his personal. the child detective is ready to get an within examine the workings of legal justice.
The law enforcement officials locate Corey now not faraway from Brock's house—half-conscious with a gun in his hand and a useless guy at his toes. It's an visible frame-up, yet to transparent Corey's identify Brock must locate the genuine killer, and lock him away sooner than his spouse meets an identical destiny because the unlucky Siamese.
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