County Kill

By William Campbell Gault

Brock Callahan doesn’t have many fanatics left from his glory days at the gridiron. in fact, Warren Temple Lund III could be the final one. So how can Callahan refuse his request for support? It doesn’t topic that Warren isn't really fairly twelve with resources totaling thirty-two dollars.

Callahan could have a delicate spot for children, but if he units out to discover his client’s lacking father, issues get nasty certainly. no one - now not the neighborhood police, the wealthy mom, nor her live-in-love - wishes Callahan blending in. And if he doesn’t watch his step, Callahan might locate himself in a county morgue with a tag tied to his sizeable toe . . .

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My attractiveness is beautiful sound in and round la, Sergeant. ” “We don’t want any smog-town aid up here,” he stated flatly. “We wouldn’t have part the worries we do have if it wasn’t for the smog-towners who're relocating in the following. ” Hick-town resentment, provincial petulance — who may perhaps argue opposed to an perspective that knot-headed? I stated not anything. after which Mrs. Lund used to be coming over with Bud, her arm round his shoulders. “I’m sorry, Mr. Callahan, that I haven’t been in a position to thanks in the past. It’s been — aggravating. ” “You’re welcome,” I stated. “I wager I’ll be leaving now, Mrs. Lund. The sergeant wishes me down at Headquarters. ” She smiled and checked out the sergeant as I checked out her. She had chestnut hair and deep-blue eyes and a candid, direct gaze. She seemed like the All-American lady, too many cocktails later. there has been a slackness in her face too previous for her twenty-nine years. She requested Vogel, “No hassle, Bernie, is there? Mr. Callahan isn’t in any form of hassle, I’m convinced. ” He wear his customer’s smile. “Routine, June. Are you a member of the Callahan fan membership, too? ” Her chin lifted and the slackness was once long gone from her face. “Skip is. I’ve in simple terms heard of him via bypass. And Bud the following. ” She grew to become to me. “Could you return for dinner? Bud wishes it, quite a bit! ” “I could make it, thank you,” I stated, and checked out Vogel. “If I’m unfastened through that point. ” He took a deep breath, checked out me and at Mrs. Lund, and nodded seriously in assent. I went down in my vehicle; Sergeant Vogel in a division vehicle. At Headquarters he took me correct into the chief’s workplace. leader of Police Chandler Harris had snow-white hair and a pudgy face and a voice like beaten rock in a rusty bucket. He pointed at a chair, informed me to sit, and nodded at Vogel. Vogel left the room and Harris leaned again in his chair to stare at me. It used to be attainable that he used to be attempting to intimidate me, yet that have been attempted through major-leaguers. I stared again blandly. eventually he admitted grudgingly, “I checked you out whereas Vogel was once speaking to you. either in Beverly Hills and la. You try out beautiful reliable for a peeper. ” “I’m joyful you didn’t name Santa Monica,” I stated. “I’m no longer a peeper, leader. I’m a certified and bonded deepest investigator. Let’s now not get our semantics muddled. ” “A smog-town clever aleck,” he stated. “College guy, huh? ” “Stanford,” I admitted. He persevered to stare, appraising me. I stated quietly, “Sergeant Vogel informed me the neighborhood paper would wish to invite a few questions. Will that be quickly? Mrs. Lund is awaiting me for dinner. ” He opened his fingers and checked out the arms. He studied the head of his table. I waited. ultimately he stated, in a quieter voice, “We’ll need to compose our tale first. ” I frowned in crafty innocence. “Story …? ” His voice much less quiet. “Of direction. can we are looking to inform these nosy people who the Lunds are becoming a divorce, that Jim Ritter was once the person who known as us in, that Mrs. Lund was once inebriated if you phoned? can we need to unfold all that out for the area to learn? ” “Absolutely not,” I agreed. “The kid’s bought it tough sufficient already.

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