By Max Allan Collins (editor) & Mickey Spillane (editor)
Thirty-two tales of beautiful ingenuity. Thirty-two writers of mythical genius. 100 years of crime fiction in a different assortment.
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His voice was low and expectant— expectant of another voice maybe, a girl’s voice—but he got exactly what was on my mind. “Williams calling, Armin,” I told him. “You’ve broken that one-man record. There was an attempt on my life a few minutes ago. ” There was interest in Armin’s voice, anxiety too, I thought. ” “He’s dead,” I said. A. ” “I won’t have to get up early,” I told him. “At least, I don’t think I will. ” He laughed. ” “Listen, Armin—about that promise of yours—or was it a threat? You know—any place, any time.
What would the government, the police, give for a bit of information like that? They’d give us freedom. They’d have to. It would be a great story that Mary Morse suspected something wrong, hired me and I uncovered the greatest drug-ring that ever got ready to encircle a city—a country even. The other story about Uncle Frank Morse—my killing him—why, we’d just forget that and begin with the coming of Baron Von Stutz, alias Raftner, and Armin Loring. So I was humming as I left the house. I wasn’t humming when the taxi drew up before my apartment door.
What’s more, we had our coat collars turned up. If anyone watched us enter or not, I don’t know. I didn’t see anyone; didn’t expect anyone, but I like to do things as if the whole town were watching. Conklyn Lee was nervous as a mother hen when we stepped into his private office and fumbled with the key at least a full minute before he got that door locked. He finally said: “Why is that young man with you, Mr. Williams? ” I gave him a dig in the ribs. ” I jerked a thumb toward the door to the right.
A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories by Max Allan Collins (editor) & Mickey Spillane (editor)