By John D. MacDonald
(Originally released in 1954. This variation has an advent via Dean Koontz.)
A tv megastar wilting lower than the limelight. An adman with a stiff top lip. A emerging big apple artist. A determined housewife. All are sufferers of a merciless puppet master—and now, in John D. MacDonald’s riveting whodunit, one in every of them is a killer.
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Maybe it isn't on the menu. " "Madame is too cruel! " "Pierre doesn't care," she said, "if madame lives or dies. " She started to rise, with a certain finality of movement. He caught her and pulled her back to the bed, pulled her body against his again. He felt of her carefully. He smoothed her hair and kissed her lips. "Mmm, yes," he said. "Yes, I'm sure of it. " "Here we go again," she said. " "I mean, I went to a great deal of trouble to find you. A very nice little partridge. Perhaps there are better birds in the bushes, but again there might not be.
He was twenty-one, an oldish twenty-one. His urge toward the opposite sex was as strong as any man's; flourishing even stronger, perhaps, because of the successes that lay behind him. But he was carrying light, as the saying is. He had looked around extensively and carefully before choosing Los Angeles as a permanent base of operations, and his capital was now reduced to less than a thousand dollars. That was a lot of money, of course. Unlike the big-con operator, whose elaborate scene-setting may involve as much as a hundred thousand dollars, the short-con grifter can run on peanuts.
The fact is, I'm a little under the weather," he explained. "No, no, it's nothing contagious. " "Well ... I guess I could come . " "That's my girl. " "Mmm? " "Pant, pant," he said. "You poor thing," she said. " Apparently, she had been dressed to go out when he called, for she arrived in less than an hour. Or, perhaps, it only seemed that way. He had got up to unlock the door preparatory to her arrival, and returning to bed he had felt strangely tired and faint. So he had let his eyes drift shut, and when he opened them, a very little later seemingly, she was entering the room.
All These Condemned by John D. MacDonald