This Gun for Hire
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"More than an entertainment and more than a detective thriller, "This Gun for Hire" is a harrowing exploration of the twisted and tortured psyche of the hardened criminal." [from the front flap]
make out only the main headlines: 'Decree Nisi for Lady—' the name was too complicated to read upside down; 'Manslaughter Verdict on Motorist'. Mr Davis said, 'I don't know what's wrong with the place. They've put salt or something in the sundaes.' He turned his furious dewlapped face at the passing waiter. 'Call this a Knickerbocker Glory?' 'I'll bring you another, sir.' 'You won't. My bill.' 'So we call it a day,' Anne said. Mr Davis looked up from the bill with something very like fear.
penny—Jimmy.' 'I'll get a rise.' 'You'll be late for duty.' 'Damn it, you don't care.' She jeered at him, 'Not a scrap—dear,' and walked away from him up the street to No .54, praying let me get some money quick, let this go on this time; she hadn't any faith in herself. A man passed her going up the road; he looked cold and strung-up, as he passed in his black overcoat; he had a hare-lip. Poor devil, she thought, and forgot him, opening the door of 54, climbing the long flights to the top
floor, the carpet stopped on the first. She put on the new record, hugging to her heart the silly senseless words, the slow sleepy tune: 'It's only Kew To you, But to me It's Paradise. They are just blue Petunias to you, But to me They are your eyes.' The man with the hare-lip came back down the street; fast walking hadn't made him warm; like Kay in The Snow Queen he bore the cold within him as he walked. The flakes went on falling, melting into slush on the pavement, the words
'Don't worry,' Raven said. 'It'll come back. But how is it you aren't crazy … Christ! you've got nerve.' She said, 'I remembered till just now. I heard you looking for me in the room, and then you went away and I forgot everything.' 'Do you think you could walk now?' 'Of course I could walk. We've got to hurry.' 'Where to?' 'I had it all planned. It'll come back. I had plenty of time to think things out.' 'You sound as if you weren't scared at all.' 'I knew I'd be found all right. I was in
looking back as often as she was able, she couldn't help remembering that war might be declared before they met again. He would go to it; he always did what other people did, she told herself with irritation, although she knew it was his reliability she loved. She wouldn't have loved him if he'd been eccentric, had his own opinions about things; she lived too closely to thwarted genius, to second touring company actresses who thought they ought to be Cochran stars, to admire difference. She