this is the 84th book in my series of forgotten books
Shoot the Works by Brett Halliday © 1957, Dell #7844, 1965 mass market paperback (second edition), mystery – Mike Shayne #28
Mike Shayne’s secretary Lucy calls Mike and asks him to hurry to the home of her good friend’s mother, who has just returned early from a trip. When Shayne gets there, he finds Jim Marshall lying on the bedroom floor, shot dead through the forehead. On the bed, there is a suitcase, partially packed with clothes and in Marshall’s coat pocket two one way tickets to South America. It seems pretty obvious that Marshall was getting ready to run off with someone, and since his wife wasn’t expected home for another day or more, and since the plane tickets were for the next morning, it wasn’t going to be his wife he left with.
Against his better judgment, Shayne agrees to take the tickets away with him, and then to pretend he got the call to come to the apartment after the police had been called. It was a mistake he would regret throughout the case.
He doesn’t believe Mrs. Marshall shot her husband, but he has no idea who might have done it. The police don’t share this opinion, and though they let Mrs. Marshall leave that night to stay with her daughter, they have an officer stationed outside to watch her. As soon as there is any further evidence, or a hole in her story, she will be arrested.
Shayne knows it’s time for some legwork, starting with tracing the suspects movements, then to talking with the husbands business partners. It’s at the business he finds there is a briefcase with a cool million dollars missing. That’s plenty of motive for anyone who could know or discover it’s whereabouts.
I like these books. They are clever, fast, fun, and usually have just enough twists that I am fooled at least once in my guesses about who did it. This is a good one.
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