By Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane
Thirty-two tales of attractive ingenuity. Thirty-two writers of mythical genius. 100 years of crime fiction in a special assortment.
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I cut in on his sermon. “I’m a citizen and I want some police protection. ” I stopped. The bell of my apartment was ringing, and someone was trying to kick the door in at the same time. “Wait, O’Rourke. ” I put the phone down on the table leaving the connection open and went to the door, flung it wide. A sergeant was there and a couple of harness cops behind him. The sergeant was fat, officious and had been used to scaring pickpockets and milk-bottle thieves half to death by glaring at them. I knew him and he knew me.
I could have emptied the twenty-twos in this rod down your throat. There, that’s better. I’m giving orders here. ” The man eyed her, lifted his hands twice, let them fall to his sides again, said finally: “I’m sorry. It won’t happen again. ” “There’s nothing to apologize for,” she said bluntly. ” Her smile was not pleasant. “And it can happen again any time you want to be a fool. ” As if dismissing the subject, she stretched up a hand, grabbed at the lapel of his coat. ” Sam was willing to forgive and forget, too.
I told him. “There’s a phone on that desk. Go to your home. Stay awake. Mary Morse is missing. They won’t harm her until after the stuff is safe away from here—if it’s here—or if they intend to bring it here and carry it away in those vases. You have let things go too far and so have I. I’d have the feds in here now if it weren’t for the danger to Mary. I’m going to blow the works tonight—come what may. ” “But they won’t tell you where she is. ” “Mr. Lee,” I said very seriously, and meant it, “if they don’t tell me they won’t be alive to kill her later.
A Century of Noir: Thirty-Two Classic Crime Stories by Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane