By Bill Pronzini

Newlywed Judith Paige hires anonymous to determine if her husband is having an affair. anonymous follows Walter Paige to a lodge room in Cypress Bay, the place Paige is murdered. anonymous needs to discovered who murdered Paige, and investigates. As he investigates, the checklist of suspects grows.

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The balding man and the opposite one had no probability to struggle and no position to run; they'd gun muzzles of their bellies and handcuffs on their wrists inside seconds. Quartermain and desire had taken the newsstand, jerking open the alley door, speeding inside of; they got here out with the valise and with the tall man, palms shackled in the back of his again, simply as one of many neighborhood black-and-white cruisers was once pulling into the passageway from Pine highway. I enable cross of the desk aspect and sat again limply and acknowledged "Oh Christ! " aloud with tender reverence. It were simply that sort of taking place. Twenty I went to urban corridor back. by way of past contract the prisoners were taken instantly to the bigger prison and police amenities in neighboring Monterey, and a visit over there could were unnecessary for me; there has been no means i'd be allowed to sit down in at the interrogation of the holdup men—and i used to be in no actual or state of mind to accommodate journalists. I additionally didn't belief myself to make the force, as brief because it was once; the few blocks to urban corridor have been tortuous adequate. Donovan had lengthy when you consider that long gone off accountability and there has been a sergeant named Cole, whom I had met previous, in the back of front table whilst I got here in. I requested him if he had any id at the 3 financial institution robbers, and he acknowledged certain, note had simply are available in: they have been Androvitch and Collins and Sarkelian. That used to be the entire details he had in the interim; he didn't understand which used to be the balding guy. I thanked him and requested him if i'll cross into the Chief's workplace to look ahead to Quartermain's go back, and he handed me via instantly. whilst I acquired down there and opened the door into the anteroom, I observed that somebody else was once looking ahead to Quartermain. Robin Lomax sat primly in a single of 3 upholstered chairs throughout from the secretary's desk—hands folded in her lap, knees jointly, again rigid—still donning the white sleeveless costume of the morning, nonetheless having a look clean and blameless and tawny-gold fit. yet her eyes have been diverse now; the phobia was once long past, leaving them outdated and defeated like historic, clever entities perpetually trapped within the physique of a model. The eyes moved up and over me as I entered, touching me with uninteresting hatred, and her unpainted mouth betrayed her distaste at my visual appeal. soiled outdated guy. Gaunt-eyed and stubble-cheeked, donning dirty outfits, smelling bitter. soiled previous deepest detective. Subhuman species. Trash. whatever odorous, whatever unclean: a four-letter note. The quirk of her mouth advised me all that, and the outdated and defeated eyes proven it, and that i felt a surprising and unreasoning anger snatch me. What offers definitely the right to disparage me, woman? i presumed. What provides the correct to hate me with out realizing me or what i'm or what I stand for? i am no chance to you or for your shallow little lifestyles; i am no probability to anyone, i am only a drained, half-assed do-gooder dwelling in an international I by no means made . . . after which i assumed: The hell with it, the hell with it, she would not comprehend and also you cannot take it out on her, she's hurting in her personal approach too.

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