Counterfeit Wife (Michael Shayne, Book 15)
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A girl is kidnapped and her ransom money goes missing. Why is a former senator concerned about the money and what could be his connection to it all?
see that he adored his sister and that Kathleen had been the one bright spot in his life. Just from little things he said, you could tell. He’s got a poker face and from the cut of his clothes I’d say he’s a rich man, but he was wilted when we got there. I had a feeling that he knew—just as Mrs. Deland knew—that they’d never see Kathleen alive again. “I think I pitied the father most. He wouldn’t let himself give up hope. He was determined not to let it get him down. It was wonderful to see a
Perry’s gun on me. Of course it was Irvin, or one of his trigger-men. They had the address and the apartment number. They even had my key after they stripped me in the basement,” he ended savagely. “It looks as though Dawson was trying to duck out of town with the ransom money,” muttered Rourke. “That makes him Kathleen Deland’s actual murderer, Mike. Do you realize that? She didn’t die until about twelve-thirty—after Gerta Ross had driven all over hell and gone to catch up with Dawson and
hair was cut in page-boy style, the irregular bangs beginning just above her glasses. She was wiping tears from her unrouged cheeks when Shayne came up to the railing. The girl got up, took off her glasses as she approached him, and dabbed at her pale blue eyes with a wadded piece of tissue. The tip of her nose was red, and it quivered when she moved her lips. “What can I do for you?” The tone of her voice indicated that she wished he would go away and leave her alone. Shayne ran knobby
Chapter Twenty DUTCH GRANDMOTHER PAYS OFF “IT’S STILL UTTERLY inconceivable to me,” muttered Emory Hale. “Fantastically unreal. Arthur idolized that child and his wife. You realize, of course, that she’ll never live down the shame of this.” It was ten minutes later. Painter and Rourke and Hale had just returned to the hospital room after ascertaining that Arthur Deland’s neck was broken, and after arranging for the removal of the body. “She’ll have a lot more to live for than if he hadn’t
tears or anger. “For New Orleans, of course. Didn’t you get my last wire telling you to keep stalling Belton?” “Oh, sure, I got your wire. I got all of them. If it’s so hard for you to tear yourself away from Miami, I thought I’d tell you you needn’t bother. I’m sure you’re having much too good a time to worry about a little thing like business.” Shayne was positive now that the tone of Lucy’s voice indicated both tears and anger. He said, “Look, darling, I’ve just cleaned up a case here. I