By William Campbell Gault

A corrupt P.I. will do whatever to make a dollar and shop his personal skin

Joe Puma didn't kill Albert goal, yet he's chuffed the pimp is lifeless. A small-time creep whose area of interest was once recruiting wannabe actresses, aim perjured himself for Puma's sake, and the detective used to be afraid he could choose to speak. The law enforcement officials comprehend that Puma's crooked, yet they can't end up something. He's a slick operator with an itchy set off finger and a flimsy ethical code—two issues he'll want if his subsequent case is to finish as fortunately as his last.

Fallen starlet Jean Roland involves Puma with a plan to blackmail her lesbian lover's father—a harmful scheme that might placed Puma off if Roland weren't the main lovely lady in la. Joe Puma likes funds and he likes being alive, yet he likes girls much more. He'd die for a woman like Jean Roland—but he'd like it if another person died first.

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Peter, I spent thirty years within the substantial con. I labored with the simplest guy on this planet for twelve of these years. I’ve dealt with larger than million funds thus far. And haven’t spent someday within the jug. This pitch we’re on isn’t effortless. It’s in simple terms effortless for me. ” “I consider. ” Silence. Then Roland’s voice: “Here’s the nub of it—who’s trusting whom? You’ll have the money. ” “If you don’t paintings a swap someplace alongside the wonderful, I’ll have the money. ” Roland laughed. “Oh, Peter, you're a cynic. ” The understatement of the week. I puzzled if I may still take off now or look ahead to Peter to depart. Peter made up our minds that for me. He stated, “Well, we’ll speak it over. I’ve had a foul day and it’s overdue. I’ll be in contact with you. There’s a cellphone right here? ” “No. I’ll hold you expert, Peter, all of the approach. ” I ducked round to the again of the home. I heard front door shut and the grind of the Plymouth’s starter, and observed the mirrored image of its headlights at the water. Then, as I crouched within the shadows on the rear of the home, I observed the headlights look within the different course and the Plymouth made the swing onto Vista Del Mar. He wasn’t heading towards my vehicle, fortunately. once the lighting fixtures had disappeared over the increase, i began in the course of the empty plenty. Roland could pop out to place the auto away yet I didn’t intend to stick the following all evening to determine. And if he did pop out, it can be a showdown time. If we didn’t desire him … We, hell, if I didn’t want him, i might have long gone in correct then and advised him what i presumed of an within guy who’d double-cross his ropers. I got here up onto Vista Del Mar and went right down to my vehicle with out in retrospect to determine if he used to be looking at. The Chev begun with a cough and a growl, shuddered as I made the U-turn, again towards Culver side road. Fog used to be settled in all of the low spots of the line, shrouded every thing as soon as I became onto Culver. It was once sluggish going all of the method to Santa Monica. anything used to be gnawing in the back of my brain however it wouldn’t come via to the place i'll realize it. It looked like a caution. The extra north-east I traveled, the clearer it bought. the celebs got here into view and the moon and the lighting. The gnawing went away. no matter what had caused it nonetheless lay within the fog of the coast. I slept restlessly that evening and woke to a lifeless, grey morning. The lip was once much less swollen, however the epidermis used to be nonetheless tight. My hand had the streak of blue and brown among the knuckles however the swelling had long past down. i presumed of Manny. was once that the caution that had stricken me final evening? not anything may come however it had anything to do with that coast. i presumed of the cottage in Playa del Rey and questioned if Roland might cross there whether Deutscher was once out of the image. I fried a few eggs and made toast and occasional. whereas I ate, i presumed of which of my worldly possessions I’d take alongside while I left. There wasn’t a lot. there have been loads of strong cities during this nation and why confine my considering to this kingdom? there have been loads of cities in Mexico. and ladies in them all. In Mexico, the buck went a ways.

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