By Roger Torrey
Reno, 1938. A wide-open little city rife with an collection of gangster/politicians operating the playing, prostitution, dope, and, after all, "easy divorce" rackets. San Francisco detective Shean Connell is employed to resolve a divorce case within the fascinating burg, yet quickly reveals himself within the thick of a frame-up, after having the top of his ear shot off whereas viewing the divorcee's corpse within the neighborhood morgue!
Originally released by way of Hillman-Curl as a "Clue membership Mystery" in 1938, forty two Days for homicide was once the single novel released via Black masks author Roger Torrey in the course of his lifetime. Torrey used to be one of many "mystery men" of the masks (along with Paul Cain and a number of other others), in that little or no is understood approximately his lifestyles, even though, like his inner most eye hero Shean Connell, he was once it appears an inveterate gambler, alcoholic and barrel-house piano participant, and he supposedly died within the hands of his mistress someplace in Florida within the past due Nineteen Forties. In any occasion, he may well write a hell of a hard-boiled story, and aficionados of the style gets a kick out of this fast moving and complexly plotted novel.
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The exposed interior was violently disordered. Entering, Holmes looked here and there. "The shelves have been almost stripped," he remarked. "Here, however, are still a few tins of meat and some biscuits. Put them into your pockets, Hopkins. And here, two bottles of ale. " asked Hopkins, taking the tins from the shelf. " "But why would the Martians take food? " "More probably they will supply their captives with these provisions. " This time he did not elaborate upon his suggestion. Reaching Challenger's home, they mounted the broad steps.
The same is true, as I have heard, of the Cape buffalo. And in the United States, the timber wolf has been almost exterminated, but the cunning coyote is more numerous in these days than ever before. It refuses to be stalked or trapped or poisoned. And our common rats, for all our efforts to wipe them out, still swarm in the basements and cellars of our cities. " "Like yourself, Mr. " "Like me, if you care to say so. ' " "But the elementary is the foundation upon which all structures, concrete or abstract, must be founded," Holmes said with a smile.
And you are right, Mr. Holmes. " "Thank you," said Holmes. "You have given me some useful information. " He sought the post office at once, to wire these observations to Sir Percy Phelps at Birmingham and to his brother Mycroft in Scotland. Back from Mycroft came congratulations for having escaped from London. Reading this reply, Holmes reflected that, if the Martians were occupying London as reported, the Black Smoke could hardly be rampant there any longer. He wired another promise to Sir Percy that he would make an effort to return and told Martha of that promise as they walked together among the flowers in the garden.
42 Days for Murder by Roger Torrey