By Thomas Gifford
A mad Nazi plot provides Cassidy an opportunity to save lots of his estranged wife—or lose her forever
As the airborne dirt and dust settles on international struggle II, detective Lew Cassidy’s spouse has come again from the useless. A German determine skater with a film-star face, she had back to her domestic kingdom while the warfare started to deal with her sick father; Cassidy later heard she died in the course of an Allied bombing raid. yet within the weeks after the German hand over, the united states military unearths her in Bavaria, afflicted with amnesia and married to Manfred Muller, an SS swashbuckler on the most sensible of the army’s most-wanted list.
In the war’s final days, Muller escaped Germany with a ancient golden minotaur sculpture, making plans to promote the statue and use the proceeds to set up a Nazi underground within the usa. whilst Muller disappears within the wilds of Maine, the military provides Cassidy an opportunity to serve his state. To seize the Nazi, he’ll use his spouse as bait, and desire he doesn’t lose her a moment time.
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Tigers going with Newhouser? ” Bingo nodded. “So what’s the quote? ” “Two-to-one for you, Lew. Eight-to-five for the typical rabble. ” He grinned via a smoke ring. His tooth wanted a bit paintings. “I’ll enterprise a grand at the Cubs if so. ” “You’re bettin’ together with your center, Lewis. The Tigers are a lock. ” “No. ” Cassidy chuckled, patted him at the shoulder pads of his darkish grey chalk-stripe. “I’m making a bet with somebody else’s funds. ” “Then you’re talkin’ in regards to the smartest guess on the town. ” “I’ll nonetheless pray for rain. you spot Terry this night? ” “Oh, to make certain. The publican is at his ordinary desk, within the bosom of his associates. Say, you recognize who’s on the town? I observed him gettin’ a shave and a trim on the sunrise Patrol. Damned piece of glass nonetheless caught in his eye! ” “The monocle? You’re kidding! ” “Not Me’s again on Broadway, Lew. I haven’t visible him due to the fact, good hell, earlier than the warfare. ’Thirty-nine or ’forty perhaps? ” “I’ll be damned,” Cassidy stated. “I heard he was once within the RAF or anything. You’re definite? It was once certainly now not Me Nicholson? ” “How many men you recognize put on a monocle and pass via the identify of no longer Me? No, Lew, it used to be our now not Me. I gave him , even cash, that Ike’s obtained Patton again in civvies by means of the tip of the yr. I don’t be aware of, it’s approximately even funds, wouldn’t you are saying? ” “Not Me Nicholson,” Cassidy acknowledged. “I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. you spot him back, Bingo, inform him to provide me a choice. i might definitely like to see previous no longer Me. What a huge fuck-up, what a helluva man. hello, did you fuck up back, Nicholson? ” Bingo Slattery snapped to realization. “Not me, no sir. ” You needed to snort. Cassidy waited until eventually the singer’s set used to be over after which he and Harry Madrid converged at the desk the place Terry Leary, MacMurdo, and Karin have been completing their steaks. There wasn’t a lot dialog happening, 3 humans looking for an elusive reliable time. Leary observed them first. He gave the look that he’d by no means been so completely satisfied to work out somebody in his existence. He stood up, smiling widely, working a knuckle alongside his skinny mustache. He stated that Cassidy and Harry Madrid have been a sight for sore eyes. “When did you come again, amigo? the place the hell have you ever been? ” “It’s an extended and concerned tale,” Cassidy acknowledged. MacMurdo stood, shook arms with either one of them. He used to be donning a dismal blue go well with within the 52-Long diversity. “Glad you’re again. simply acquired in from Washington myself. hear, you’d larger fill me in on issues. We gettin’ wherever, pard? ” “Hi, Karin. ” MacMurdo’s voice was once oiling alongside within the historical past with the sound of chatter and ice in tumblers and the band taking part in whatever for the dancers. Cassidy was once having a look down into Karin’s eyes. She used to be donning a silver gown with a bit silver jacket to hide her naked shoulders. She appeared up at him, raked the hair clear of her eyes. “How are you doing? ” She attempted to grin, nodded. “I’m alright. Terry says the Mad health care provider retains me at the rails and that i wager he’s correct. Are you o.k.? I’ve been apprehensive approximately what you’ve needed to do … all due to me. ” “Don’t be silly,” he stated. “Didn’t the Colonel inform you?