The April Robin Murders

By Ed McBain, Craig Rice

Zany highway photographers in Hollywood--caught in a deluge of mirth and homicide.

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Julien Lattimer is, what if he wishes his apartment again? ” Bingo were pondering that, too. He acknowledged crossly, “Don’t trouble me with trifles. ” Then, in a milder tone. “Remember, we’d get our thousand dollars again. ” “Less what might’ve been spent out of it,” good-looking stated gloomily. “And much less the 10 percentage to this little man. ” “Don’t be a defeatist,” Bingo stated critically. “Think sizeable. And there are different homes. ” within the depths of his middle, he knew he was once going to be a bit relieved to get out of this one, yet he wouldn’t have admitted it to good-looking, or perhaps to himself. He referred to as, “Janesse! ” there has been no solution. He known as back, louder. good-looking went to seem, got here again and pronounced, “She’s long gone. ” “Gone? ” “There’s a door out of that crimson marble library,” good-looking acknowledged. “She must’ve slipped out that method. ” Bingo scowled. “Maybe she simply desired to move domestic. ” He brightened. “Oh good, we discovered the place that writing paper and the receipt got here from. ” “And we received a few great pictures,” good-looking stated. “She images high quality, Bingo. i will inform even with no printing them. Bingo, perhaps she’s a estate. ” Bingo stared at him. “A few days in Hollywood, and already you’re studying the language. ” He cozy, loosened his tie and undid his footwear. It had certainly been an extended day. “Only, Bingo,” good-looking stated, “do you're thinking that we should inform the police we all know concerning the writing paper now? And approximately him murdering omit Pearl Durzy? ” “Tomorrow, maybe,” Bingo acknowledged. He yawned. “Handsome, we don’t understand needless to say he murdered Pearl Durzy. and likewise, if we inform concerning the paper lets possibly get Janesse in hassle, and prefer you are saying, possibly she’s a estate. ” He smiled wearily. “We don’t name them, they’ll name us. ” He yawned back. good-looking went into the improvised darkroom. Bingo stretched out at the davenport to imagine every little thing over. He idea it over for about thirty seconds, after which closed his eyes. He woke it slow later from a sophisticated dream regarding April Robin (looking greatly like a mixed Janesse Budlong and Mariposa DeLee), the Brown Derby, his Uncle Herman, a swimming pool, and meals. regularly nutrition. The dream looked as if it would persist as he part opened his eyes, and he discovered at the same time that he used to be hungry and that there has been a maddening and beautiful scent of foodstuff within the air. “I remembered we didn’t have any dinner,” good-looking was once asserting. “So I took funds and went as much as Goody-Goody’s and received a sack of hamburgers. and a few milk. i'm hoping I did ok, Bingo. ” “Handsome,” Bingo stated fervently, “you by no means did larger on your lifestyles. ” hamburgers later he sighed fortunately, leaned again, lighted a cigarette and stated, “Handsome, I simply considered anything. for thus lengthy we noted coming to Hollywood. Now we’re in Hollywood. In a mansion that used to belong to a film superstar. And we’re just a couple of mins’ force from the eating places we continuously observed. Romanoff’s. The Brown Derby. Chasen’s. Don the Beachcomber. the entire leisure. And what occurs? for 3 food in a row we consume hamburgers, from Goody-Goody’s.

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