By Dan J. Marlowe
At the streets of a giant urban humans smile and the lighting are vivid. yet there's an alley global of darkness, double-dealing and loss of life; during this international you wish muscular tissues and brains to take a step-and merely the fortunate ones reside lengthy. those worlds meet in lodge Duarte. Johnny Killain had a fistful of expertise with either worlds-and with resort Duarte: the woman in 1109 used to be a schoolmarm from a small western city; but if she visited the town she left her morals at domestic, stripped off the drab veneer and have become an armful of seething hell. The "salesman" in 1938 peddled loss of life at the side-until he grew to become up chilly ... very chilly ... on a hook within the lodge icebox. Johnny had the keys to all of the doors-to lust, love, greed ... and homicide!
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Moreland scratched on the back of a gas station receipt, looking for the girlfriend who set up the date between his client and J. T. Cummings, the only person Dana can think of who can corroborate her story. The ﬁrst number is disconnected. The other is the home of a Mexi can woman who sounds to be about eighty. She’s never heard of Dana Moreland. Jay leaves a note on Eddie Mae’s desk: they’ve got to ﬁnd the witness. He gets home late, after eight o’clock. Bernie is already in bed, snoring. She left a plate for him on the stove.
Charlie passes on a cross-exam. For his direct, he walks a sta pled stack of papers to the judge’s bench: the cop’s afﬁdavit and the original police report. The judge reads the pages in silence while they all wait. The court reporter checks a chipped nail. The bailiff looks at his watch. Out in the hallway, they can hear rubber soles squeaking on the linoleum and one side of an argu ment about who has the best catﬁsh plate, Delﬁna’s on Main or Guido’s. Finally, Judge Hicks looks up, looks right at Jay.
By now, he’s onto the hustle. “If I could just get a little money,” the guy starts. “I’ll pay you back, I swear. ” Jay stands and shows him to the door. The hooker is the only bright spot on the horizon. He tries a couple of phone numbers Ms. Moreland scratched on the back of a gas station receipt, looking for the girlfriend who set up the date between his client and J. T. Cummings, the only person Dana can think of who can corroborate her story. The ﬁrst number is disconnected. The other is the home of a Mexi can woman who sounds to be about eighty.