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Come Die with Me (A Brock Callahan Mystery)

By William Campbell Gault

Brock will get stuck in a deadly triangle among a jockey, a mobster, and L.A.'s best blonde

Gloria Malone is a huge lady with a bit husband, and an issue in simple terms Brock Callahan can resolve. Her jockey beau, Tip, has fallen in with a half-reformed gangster, and Gloria fears difficulty for the pint-sized horseman. yet as Brock quick reveals, L.A.'s criminals have extra to worry from Tip than he does from them. the quick guy has an extended suggest streak, a woman at the facet, and a pair of illegitimate childrens as well. Even his horses don't like him. Brock isn't stunned while anyone makes a decision to finish the little gremlin's racing occupation as soon as and for all—with a carving knife.

The international of horse racing is buried less than a layer of dirt that's thicker than the Santa Anita racetrack's dust after a thunderstorm. To penetrate it, Brock should take the whip into his personal hand and do no matter what it takes to stick at the horse.

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Love, i presumed. Love, love love … i used to be silent. “Who’s your shopper? ” he requested. “Harry Adler,” I acknowledged. His snort used to be brief and sour. “Like hell! Harry wouldn’t spend his funds like that. It’s my daughter’s cash Harry is spending. ” “Probably. Mr. Duster, i will be able to bet that you just spent a few cash, too, investigating Tip Malone. Am I correct? ” “You’re correct. And I’ll let you know who else spent a few funds on him, simply because we talked it over—Frank Giovanni. We in comparison experiences. ” “Then what may possibly I inform you that you just don’t already comprehend?

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