By Robert L. Pike

'Rossi isn't lifeless but. And from what I listen, the Rossi brothers are beautiful difficult monkeys.' Clancy's knuckles deepwhite at the steerage wheel. 'Yeah,' he acknowledged. 'They're all difficult monkeys. till they lose these beneficial ten pints...'

Lieutenant Clancy, a difficult cop from New York's 52nd Precinct, has been handpicked for an task. Assistant District legal professional Chalmers wishes him to guard a witness whose testimony is essential. That guy is Johnny Rossi, an notorious gangster desirous about each West Coast racket from prostitution to playing, who has become a whistle-blower. Shacked up in a fleabag lodge, Rossi might be secure. but if a hood with a shotgun breaks prior the police protect and blasts Rossi right into a serious , Clancy has simply seventy-two hours to determine why Chalmers can't retain his mouth close approximately his so-called mystery case, why Rossi got here to manhattan within the first position, who else understands the place he's and once they are coming to complete the task off.

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Pleasant lighting winked from portholes, indicative of a separate existence inside of. Clancy led his crew to 1 aspect, into the shadows of the nonetheless adjacent warehouse that bulked in darkness from Pier 17. ‘We’re after a double killer,’ he acknowledged quietly. there has been a pant from Chalmers, yet he persevered with out taking note of it. ‘He’s definitely armed, so let’s now not take any percentages. the most factor is that we can’t enable him escape – ten miles from shore on that send and he’s out of our fingers. Sam, you and of your males conceal the doorway to the pier. Kaproski, you and that i and …’ He tilted his head questioningly towards the 3rd plain-clothes guy. ‘Wilken, sir. ’ ‘… and Wilken will pass within. If the passengers have already cleared Customs and boarded the send, we’ll need to try to take him in his cabin. i am hoping that’s now not the case, simply because I don’t are looking to begin a global incident, but when they haven’t, and they’re nonetheless at the pier, we’ll take him there. simply keep in mind; he’s armed. ’ ‘This man we’re after,’ Captain clever stated. ‘What’s he seem like? ’ ‘He’s a medium-sized man, stocky, organize to seem like a kind of beatniks,’ Clancy acknowledged. ‘He’ll most likely nonetheless be sticking to his conceal; a beard – fake – and darkish glasses. ’ ‘Who is that this guy? ’ Chalmers demanded. Clancy paid him no consciousness. ‘He should be followed by way of a quick blond woman,’ He regarded round. ‘We’re losing time. Come on. ’ Chalmers jutted out his jaw, the appropriate photograph of a crusading Assistant District legal professional. ‘I don’t understand what this is often all approximately, Lieutenant, yet you’re no longer getting out of my sight. I’m going with you. ’ Clancy checked out him disinterestedly. ‘Good. If there’s any taking pictures, stick round. ’ He became again to the others. ‘Kap, Wilken and that i will cross first; you stick to. Let’s now not bunch up an excessive amount of. If whatever occurs inside of, don’t depart that go out unguarded. the object is to bottle him up at the pier, whether we louse issues up inside of. ’ Captain clever nodded. Clancy grew to become and commenced to stroll frivolously alongside the waterfront, observed through Kaproski and Wilken. Chalmers moved quickly ahead, catching up. The prow of the motor-vessel loomed over them now, the numbered depth-markings sharp and transparent within the white glare of the spotlights. Voices from the deck drifted all the way down to them, intermingled with the muffled roar of cars rushing earlier at the throughway over their heads. They got here to the nook of the warehouse on Pier 16A; the lighting fixtures from the send disappeared at the back of them. The darkness of the evening appeared much more entire for the unexpected distinction. Clancy paused, having a look approximately, after which approached the pier front. the massive doorways fronting the silent warehouse have been folded again sufficiently to permit car front onto the dock; he handed quietly via by way of the others. inside of, the warehouse used to be lit simply by means of small bulbs that have been economically spaced excessive within the curved metal arches above. front workplaces of the pier have been darkish; extensive areas seemed among the few palleted stacks of products looking forward to cargo that coated the partitions of the lengthy, low construction.

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