By Brett Halliday
Homicide on the RIO GRANDE
Ten years in the past, inner most eye Mike Shayne did a role for one of many richest males in El Paso, digging up airborne dirt and dust on a boy relationship the tycoon’s daughter. Now the daughter’s again, all grown up and unsafe. And so’s Shayne – yet this time it’s to enquire murder…
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I don’t—” She started to sob violently. Shayne nodded to Rodriquiz and picked her up in his palms. He carried her to the police motor vehicle and received within the again seat along with her. Captain Rodriquiz received within the entrance beside a uniformed motive force. The ambulance was once already backing away. Rodriquiz grew to become to inform Shayne, “We have blocked off this part and are looking for Marquita and her squaddies. the guy you sought for in Papa Tonto’s—? ” Shayne shook his head. Carmela sat beside him, supported through his arm approximately her, together with her head resting opposed to his shoulder. She acknowledged tiredly, like a small baby simply woke up from deep sleep, “They instructed me Lance used to be there. I don’t know—” Shayne acknowledged, “We’ll discuss it once we get to headquarters. ” He tightened his arm approximately her, and he or she sighed and didn’t say the rest. on the police station, Captain Rodriquiz escorted them again to a personal workplace. He seated himself gravely at a table and had a stenographer introduced in, laying Carmela’s pistol in entrance of him. She sat beside Shayne and held his hand tightly. earlier than the captain may possibly commence asking questions, Shayne requested him, “What in regards to the guy who used to be killed, Captain? ” “Quite useless. ” Rodriquiz raised his expressive eyebrows. “One bullet fired opposed to his physique penetrated the guts. ” He checked out Carmela. “Will you let us know, please, the way it occurred? ” “Wait a minute,” Shayne acknowledged. “She will be instructed whatever she says can be utilized opposed to her. and you may seek advice an lawyer first,” he instructed Carmela, “or refuse to testify in any respect, if you want. ” “Oh, no,” she acknowledged speedy. “I are looking to inform you every thing. Why may still I refuse? ” Shayne shrugged. “Go forward then. ” “There isn’t a lot to inform. ” She paused to moisten her lips. “We had simply became the alley, and it was once tremendously darkish. Neil was once a step sooner than me — and the very first thing I heard was once the gun going off. Neil groaned and fell ahead of i spotted what had occurred. Then I heard somebody operating. I couldn’t really see within the darkness, yet i spotted he’d been shot and his assassin was once getting away. I instinctively acquired my pistol out of my bag and fired after him. I shot two times. after which I heard a person operating up at the back of me. I didn’t comprehend it was once you, Michael. ” She rubbed her eyes as if nonetheless bewildered. “I didn’t be aware of you have been anyplace in Juarez. And — that’s all,” she ended easily. Rodriquiz checked out Shayne and shrugged. He requested Carmela, “You will swear the pistol was once on your purse while the 1st shot used to be fired? ” “Oh, definite. It used to be. ” “And you fired basically photographs, after Mr. Cochrane had fallen and his assailant was once working away? ” “That’s correct. That’s how it occurred. ” Captain Rodriquiz opened the small revolver and drew out 3 empty brass cylinders, which he conscientiously coated up in entrance of him. The gun was once a . 38 with its barrel sawed off part an inch from the cylinder to make it a small even though deadly weapon. “There is one empty chamber,” he mentioned to Shayne and Carmela. “Behind that there are 3 empty cartridges. Then loaded ones. ” He drew out the 2 unexploded .