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Uh-huh. From Cocopalm. yet I’m in Miami now. is that this Mr. Max Samuelson? ” Shayne stiffened and pivoted towards her slowly. His lean face used to be a research in anger, yet he made no circulation to break the dialog. “I inspiration you’d keep in mind me,” Mayme Martin was once asserting. “I met you in Cocopalm final month. definite, that’s correct. if you happen to have been as much as see Ben Edwards approximately his invention. It’s accomplished now. they are saying it really works completely. Naw. The nut nonetheless don’t need a patent. ” She paused, after which her voice took on a fierce notice of choice: “Now, you hearken to me. i do know the place these plans are. i do know much a couple of lot of items. yet I’m no longer conversing, see? There’s them that imagine I don’t comprehend what the rating is and imagine they could make a stooge out of me for not anything. yet I’m sitting within the driver’s seat right away, and I’m staying there until eventually i am getting my cost. alright, come on over, yet you’d higher convey a few money with you. not anything else talks to me. convinced. without delay. quantity fourteen, the pink Rose residences. ” She hung up and glanced defiantly on the detective. “There! What did I let you know? He’s coming correct over. ” “That reasonable little shyster,” Shayne acknowledged with acid distinctness. “If you think that I’m going to bid opposed to him you’re incorrect. ” Mayme’s chuckle was once shrill. Her eyes glittered with grasping pride. “Shows you don’t be aware of what it’s all approximately. What I’m promoting Max Samuelson isn't the same as what I’m supplying you. kind of varied, that's. ” She frowned, shaking her head to transparent away the fog of perplexity. “What I suggest is, you and Mr. Samuelson are on diversified facets of the fence. ” “We constantly have been,” Shayne growled. He hesitated, staring at her conscientiously. “I’ll deal with you fairly,” he steered. “If you’ll inform me what you’re attempting to promote I’ll see approximately getting the money. ” Mayme shook her head cheerfully. She wavered to her ft. “Come again after I make a take care of Mr. Samuelson. I swear I’m now not taking part in you opposed to one another. I bought whatever that’s worthy a grand to either one of you. ” Shayne’s mouth tightened right into a grim line as he fastened 3 names in his reminiscence: Albert Payson, Ben Edwards, Max Samuelson. He studied Mayme Martin for a second, then stated, “Be careful,” softly, and went out. He was once sweating whilst he closed the door of No. 14. The corridor lighting fixtures were grew to become on and as he handed doorways which stood ajar, radio tune floated into the corridor. A sweet-faced redhead stood in an open door close to the pinnacle of the steps. She cocked her head and spoke a gentle greeting as Shayne handed. He stopped at the first step and regarded again at her. She was once ho older than Phyllis and she or he couldn’t recognize a lot concerning the lifestyles that lay sooner than her. He began to communicate and she or he moved towards him. He became from her and went on down the steps and out into the fresh coolness of the tropical twilight. Clouds have been banked opposed to the southern sky and a clean southeasterly wind whipped at his hair. He received into his vehicle and tossed his hat apart, rolled down the home windows. nonetheless considering the younger redhead and thinking about no matter if he was once constructing a belated social moral sense, he muttered “Damn” and swung round to Biscayne side road and south earlier Bayfront Park.

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