42 Days for Murder by Roger Torrey

42 Days for Murder by Roger Torrey

By Roger Torrey

Reno, 1938. A wide-open little city rife with an collection of gangster/politicians operating the playing, prostitution, dope, and, in fact, "easy divorce" rackets. San Francisco detective Shean Connell is employed to resolve a divorce case within the captivating burg, yet quickly reveals himself within the thick of a frame-up, after having the top of his ear shot off whereas viewing the divorcee's corpse within the neighborhood morgue!

Originally released by way of Hillman-Curl as a "Clue membership Mystery" in 1938, forty two Days for homicide was once the one novel released by way of Black masks author Roger Torrey in the course of his lifetime. Torrey used to be one of many "mystery men" of the masks (along with Paul Cain and several other others), in that little or no is understood approximately his lifestyles, even supposing, like his deepest eye hero Shean Connell, he used to be it appears an inveterate gambler, alcoholic and barrel-house piano participant, and he supposedly died within the hands of his mistress someplace in Florida within the overdue Forties. In any occasion, he may perhaps write a hell of a hard-boiled story, and aficionados of the style gets a kick out of this fast moving and complexly plotted novel.

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I stopped and stared but he walked on without me. I hurried to catch up. “Back when Byrdie and her mama first came to Piney Grove to worship, there was an old busybody in the congregation by the name of Ethel Cox. She had something ill to say about everybody. My mama was in charge of organizing the bake sale that year and she held a meeting at our house. Well, there wasn’t much talk about a bake sale that night. It was stuffy so Mama had opened the windows. I stood outside smoking and heard the whole thing.

He’ll never leave Bloodroot Mountain because the Cotters have lived here for generations, but I wonder if he ever wants to dust his hands of this place and move on. Millertown was the big city to me back then, before I went to Knoxville with Daddy once to buy a washing machine. Now I see it for what it really is, a country town with old houses and glass-sprinkled lots and the smokestacks of dirty-looking factories looming over everything. The buildings on Main Street are falling into disrepair but they still have character, with tall windows and painted brick and arched doorways.

One time I caught him off by hisself hid in the corn patch, reading a book of poems. His face got red as a beet and he flew so mad I thought he was going to fight me, just because I knowed he liked to read poems. ” Mr. Barnett talked about Myra’s granny, too. He said he could see why Macon was drawn to Byrdie, even though she wasn’t much to look at. She was brash and sassy and tough. “I seen her bury every one of her children and take to her bed for months at a time,” Mr. Barnett said. “But someway she always got back on her feet.

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