By Henry Kane
Originally released in 1948
When a lush brunette turns up suddenly useless in a stranger’s mattress, and an vintage broker (who is “mostly legit”) settles down in a simple chair with a dagger in his again, and a big-time gambler drops all bets at the kitchen flooring in a pool of blood—then Peter Chambers, fiction’s such a lot attention-grabbing, hard-boiled inner most eye, reveals himself staked out as sufferer quantity four in a luxurious video game of loss of life and overseas intrigue.
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I have mini-marshmallows. ” Jericho’s head popped out like a prairie dog’s. ” He ignored my hand and tugged Abita toward the steps by her skirt. “Mama. ” I breathed a slow sigh of relief. Once they were inside, I wouldn’t let them leave until I had some damn answers. Kevin was slumped in the recliner, drinking my 39 beer. He gave me a strange look, but ever the gentleman, he left his comfy spot and rose to his feet. ” “Nice to meet you,” Abita said. ” He smiled. ” Jericho lifted his head and looked right at Kevin.
No one knows this land better’n me and there ain’t no goddamn sinkholes around here! Been too fuckin’ dry! ” Sheriﬀ Richards would slap the cuﬀs on her regardless of her crazed state of grief. No one pushed around his deputies. “The hole is over here,” I said loudly. June’s head snapped my direction. ” She gave me a wounded look so I gave her my name. ” Mumbling, she headed uphill until she was close enough to burn me with the full wattage of her glare. ” I pointed to the hole ﬁfteen feet away.
Kevin’s eyes narrowed. ” I tipped my beer to him. ” “Seriously? ” Kevin grinned. “I’m just saying . ” True. My eyes were dry, even when my head spun, a combination of tequila and a merry-go-round of whatifs. I rested my head in the couch cushions and closed my eyes. ” I needed to stop ﬁ xating on Abita and Jericho. My mind wandered. Oh joy. The other disturbing events pushed to the forefront. ” “Doesn’t matter. ” “That’s it? ” 54 I lifted my head and stared at him. “You used to love to ﬁgure out shit like this.
Armchair in Hell (Peter Chambers) by Henry Kane