A Golden Age pulp detective mystery from the 1950's.

Death, in a fiendish conceal, had come to maintain an appointment.

He wore one other man's face. He lived with one other man's girl. And he was once to die one other man's demise. Alan Douglas came across himself in a macabre masquerade which can have just one ending--murder. past the door was once a guy who did not exist, yet who was once motive on killing him! Alan Douglas loves Gail Foster. Gail Foster's father unearths himself framed for embezzlement and needs to pay the money again or be charged with the crime. Alan is on the market a heap of cash if he'll impersonate a definite wealthy guy for numerous months--an provide he cannot come up with the money for to refuse if he desires to aid Gail's father. But...nothing is what it sort of feels.

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Probably she fainted. " "No. i feel Chuck hit her with the gun. " "Oh. " Wayne Hamilton nodded. "Then it truly is most likely concussion; perhaps even a mild fracture. With that pulse there is not anything to fret approximately. " Alan acknowledged dully, "You'd greater name a physician. " "I will. yet first... " Hamilton took Alan via the arm and guided him into Sunny's rest room. He grew to become at the chilly water and spoke quietly. "Get your self mounted up. you are a mess. " Alan glanced into the full-length replicate. Hamilton had now not exaggerated. One eye was once puffed and discolored, his lip used to be break up, there has been blood on his face and at the entrance of his dinner blouse. His muscle tissues have been sore, there has been a lifeless, throbbing pain in his center, his correct knee felt stiff and swollen, his head harm, and he was once dizzy. Hamilton acknowledged, "Let's visit your room. Get these issues off and take a chilly bathe. " He opened the doorways of a cellarette and poured a stiff drink of Scotch. "Take it," he ordered, and Alan obeyed. "Now, off with these issues and get your self scrubbed up. " Alan acknowledged, "You'll telephone for the general practitioner? " "Sure. yes i'm going to. Now hop to it. you have to transparent your head up prior to an individual will get the following. " The needle spray used to be icy. It jabbed at his flesh and snapped him again to a semblance of normalcy. He lifted his face to the overhead bathe and grew to become it on complete. He grew to become each cold-water tap, in order that the invigorating spray spurted out at him from each perspective. His physique started out to think alive back. He stepped out of the bathe and rubbed himself rapidly with a tremendous Turkish towel. He slipped right into a lounging gown and slippers. issues have been larger now. He used to be considering extra sincerely, and that used to be strong, even though his recommendations have been scary. He hesitated in short at the threshold of Sunny's room, steeling himself to stand back the useless determine of Chuck Williams. coming into that room required actual braveness, yet he went in. Hamilton acknowledged, "That's larger. You glance the same as a person now. " "I think larger. " Alan moistened his lips. "The doctor...? " "I have not telephoned but. we have to speak. " "But... " "Listen, son--and think me while I say i am correct. Calling a physician isn't really going to assist Chuck, and Sunny is O. ok. " "You're now not a doctor," insisted Alan stubbornly. "I'm that a lot of a physician. i discovered a lump on her head--not even a holiday within the epidermis. It provides as much as concussion. She's prone to sleep that approach for hours. " Alan acknowledged, "It turns out to me that we is not going to wait. not just a physician, however the police... " "We'll do all that, son. yet first i have to determine the place we stand. " "It's easy adequate. " "No. " Hamilton's voice used to be sharp. "You see, Alan, the fellow who simply killed Chuck isn't really you, yet Lew Hartley. imagine that over. " Alan nodded, yet he appeared directly at Sunny and at what were Chuck Williams. Hamilton intercepted the look and stated, "Suppose you enable me take over. Throw the accountability on my shoulders. " That appeared believable sufficient, and Alan nodded back. He sat down and controlled to show his chair in order that he could not see what was once at the ground.

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