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"Are you a ladykiller?" the imaginative and prescient requested. She had epidermis like cream, hair like jet, and a physique which may flip any male into an rapid sex-maniac. With a depraved little smile, she moved towards Peter Chambers. "I eat ladykillers," she murmured.

A scorching bout of significant slaughter and insincere intercourse within which Manhattan's sleuth-about-town Peter Chambers investigates the early dying of a dancehall hostess who might do whatever for love...and a lot even more for money.

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I’m no longer announcing so. Bye, now. I’m having a look ahead. ” She was once already outdoors the door whilst I known as, “Oh! approximately Vivian Frayne. do you know her? Vivian Frayne. ” She caught her head again. “I knew her,” she acknowledged. and she or he closed her door at the back of her. and that i used to be left with the faint musk of her body spray. I undressed, showered, and re-dressed for Gordon Phelps. Gordon Phelps was once no longer a pal. The time period “friend” is tossed approximately as loosely as shredded lettuce in a salad pot. Gordon Phelps used to be an acquaintance, a man I’d run into within the evening golf equipment, a man with extra loot than he might be able to spend, and a man for whom I had performed a couple of favors, for a price. He was once a sixty-year-old runabout who nonetheless had lots of supplements jiggling inside him. He had, I had heard, an austere society-type spouse who saved a slightly slack rein on him. I had now not heard as to what rein he saved on her. He had, apart from a society-type spouse, a wonderful city residence on 5th road, a wonderful seashore apartment on fireplace Island, and a wonderful kingdom condominium in Palm seashore — yet I had by no means heard of his having a hideaway which, in fact, is the fundamental which means of hideaway — you're not purported to pay attention of it. the truth that the law enforcement officials have been searching for him coupled with the truth that he was once trying to find me spelled out an easy equation with a unmarried resolution: company. For me. and because Gordon Phelps used to be inordinately beneficiant within the subject of charges (he may well find the money for it) i used to be relatively as apprehensive to work out Gordon Phelps as Gordon Phelps was once to determine me. 3 The cab brought me to eleven Charles road which used to be a brand new apartment in an previous local, a squat, large, five-story task on a fresh quiet road in Greenwich Village. within the foyer, a neat bracket along a neat button confirmed me G. PHILLIPS. I driven on the neat button along the neat bracket and acquired a brief click on in reaction. inside of, a luxurious elevator, push-button sort, lifted me to two, and on the door marked A, I utilized strain to a different neat button. The replicate of a mirror-faced peekhole disappeared and a blinking eye changed it. Then the around reflect fell again and the door swung open. “Hail and welcome,” Gordon Phelps acknowledged. “And it’s approximately time. ” “I made it once i may, Mr. Phelps. ” “What held you up? ” he acknowledged. “The sultry Sierra? ” “No, yet she may have, if she’d had a brain to. ” “Terrific piece, that one, eh? ” “Yes, sir, Mr. Phelps. ” “But you simply glance available in the market, sonny. ” “Because why, Mr. Phelps? ” “Because she’s precisely the contrary of what she seems like. That little gal is all brain and no middle, and it’s a brain taken with something — gold, natural and easy. Gold, gelt, loot, dinero. yet come on now, make your self to domestic, younger fella. We’ve bought a hell of loads of speaking to do. ” He led me via a small around lobby into an important exquisitely provided front room, its ground moss-soft with thick rose-colored carpeting. Rose-colored drapes coated the entire partitions from ground to ceiling, slit for home windows at one wall, and lower out for a gold fire at one other.

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