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By Henry Kane

The proposition appeared like a pushover. All Peter Chambers needed to do was once discover the place a teen-aged chorine were for the prior month and why. And for that info the girl's father, a wealthy banker, might pay Chambers a funky thousand funds. It used to be a brief technique to earn a few effortless funds. So Chambers thought...until he figured out that the fistful of money carried a bit whatever additional in addition to it—A FISTFUL OF loss of life.

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Good, thanks grandly,” he stated, and maybe he intended it. “Flanagan! ” he stated to 1 of his males. “Yes, sir,” Flanagan acknowledged. “Do your responsibility as an undertaker. Get this physique out of the following and organize for the post-mortem. in a while, we’ll most likely send it to long island. I’ll consult the widow. ” Flanagan and one other guy went to the physique. “And Flanagan,” Cole acknowledged. “Yes, sir? ” “When you come again to city, bring a message to my employees. inform them i need each of them out the following — pronto. each one of them. ” “Yes, sir,” Flanagan stated. after which Freddie used to be conducted to the hearse. “Okay, now, you three,” Cole stated. “Before i'm going as much as query the others. Which certainly one of you observed Mr. Flanders final? ” “Well,” I stated, “now I don’t approve, leader. That’s asking a a number of query, in a feeling. How the hell can we understand which one in every of us observed him final? We haven’t consulted on it. ” “Let’s positioned it this manner, Chief,” Barker acknowledged. “Freddie went in right here, into this learn, at approximately seven-thirty. i feel we will all agree on that. ” “Yes,” Lawson acknowledged. “Yes,” I stated. “Okay, pardon me,” Cole stated. “Now, did you notice him after that, Mr. Chambers? ” “No, sir,” I stated. “Not until eventually Sara all started screaming. no longer till he used to be useless. ” “Me neither,” Lawson stated. “Which implies that neither of you used to be during this room until eventually his suicide was once found. right? ” “Yes,” we stated. “How approximately you, Mr. Barker? ” “I went in right here at eight-fifteen the day gone by night. ” “Eight-fifteen? how will you be so targeted? ” “I checked out my watch, Mr. Cole. That’s how i will be so specific. ” “He was once alive? ” “Very a lot so. ” “Why’d you move in? ” “I requested him if he sought after whatever to consume. He acknowledged he didn’t. ” “What used to be his temper? ” “Irascible. additionally under the influence of alcohol. rather inebriated. ” “Would you assert it was once a suicidal temper? ” “I don’t be aware of what a suicidal temper is,” Barker stated. “He used to be indignant, fretting, stricken, under the influence of alcohol. yet that used to be commonplace for Freddie Flanders. ” “Okay, so we all know certainly he was once alive at eight-fifteen. What did you do then, Mr. Barker? ” “Went as much as mattress. those gents had preceded me. ” Cole paced approximately. “All correct, let’s change it now. He’s been came across lifeless, and the entire remainder of it. This family then bedded down at approximately two-thirty. Lawson’s already advised us he was once asleep till you woke him. What approximately you, Mr. Barker? ” “Fell asleep nearly immediately. i used to be woke up at approximately six through Mr. Chambers telling me the telephones have been so as back and that he had gotten via to you. ” “What approximately you, Chambers? From two-thirty to 6? ” “I was once in my room, hitting the telephone each fifteen mins. Suzy Lyons used to be with me. ” “All evening? ” acknowledged Adam Cole, eyebrows arching. “Don’t glance so prurient, Chief,” I acknowledged. “What’s prurient? ” the manager stated. “That younger girl used to be in my room to maintain me corporation. ” “What else? ” he acknowledged ingenuously. “You retain having a look like that, Chiefie,” I acknowledged. “Like what? ” he acknowledged. “Prurient,” I acknowledged. “Like you're thinking that anything naughty was once happening. finally, I stored hitting that cell each fifteen mins. ” “So what? ” the executive stated. “You’re a tender fella. How lengthy does it take?

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