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By Raymond Chandler

Within the 4 lengthy tales during this assortment, Marlowe is employed to guard a wealthy previous man from a gold digger, runs afoul of crooked politicos, will get a line on a few stolen jewels with a gift hooked up, and stumbles throughout a homicide sufferer who could have been an extortionist.

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He stared at me with fear-crazed eyes whereas I tied a decent handkerchief above his knee. I figured he had a minimize tendon and perhaps a chipped kneecap. He could stroll a bit lame once they got here to hold him. I went downstairs and stood at the porch the 2 autos in entrance, then down the hill in the direction of the pier. not anyone can have advised the place the photographs got here from, except he occurred to be passing. relatively most probably not anyone had even spotted them. there has been most likely taking pictures within the woods round there an awful lot. I went again into the home and checked out the crank cell at the living-room wall, yet didn’t contact it but. whatever used to be bothering me. I lit a cigarette and stared out of the window and a ghost voice stated in my ears: “The Moors, Hattie. The Moors. ” I went again as much as the fish room. Madder used to be groaning now, thick panting groans. What did I care a few torturer like Madder? the woman was once fairly lifeless. not one of the tanks was once hit. The fish swam peacefully of their eco-friendly water, sluggish and peaceable and straightforward. They didn’t care approximately Madder both. The tank with the black chinese language Moors in it used to be over within the nook, approximately ten-gallon measurement. there have been simply 4 of them, gigantic fellows, approximately 4 inches physique size, coal black all over the place. of them have been sucking oxygen on most sensible of the water and have been waddling sluggishly at the backside. they'd thick deep our bodies with loads of spreading tail and excessive dorsal fins and their bulging telescope eyes that made them seem like frogs once they have been head in the direction of you. I watched them fumbling round within the eco-friendly stuff that was once transforming into within the tank. a few pink pond snails have been window-cleaning. the 2 at the backside appeared thicker and extra slow than the 2 at the best. I questioned why. there has been a long-handled strainer made up of woven string mendacity among of the tanks. I received it and fished down within the tank, trapped one of many massive Moors and lifted it out. I became it over within the internet, checked out its faintly silver abdominal. I observed whatever that appeared like a suture. I felt where. there has been a troublesome lump less than it. I pulled the opposite one off the ground. comparable suture, similar not easy around lump. I bought one of many that have been sucking air on best. No suture, no not easy around lump. It was once more durable to seize too. I positioned it again within the tank. My enterprise was once with the opposite . i admire goldfish in addition to the subsequent guy, yet company is company and crime is crime. I took my coat off and rolled my sleeves up and picked the razor blade sponsored with adhesive tape off the desk. It was once a truly messy activity. It took approximately 5 mins. Then they lay within the palm of my hand, three-quarters of an inch in diameter, heavy, completely around, milky white and shimmering with that internal mild no different jewel has. The Leander pearls. I washed them off, wrapped them in my handkerchief, rolled down my sleeves and positioned my coat again on. I checked out Madder, at his little ache and fear-tortured eyes, the sweat on his face. I didn’t care something approximately Madder. He used to be a killer, a torturer. I went out of the fish room. The bed room door was once nonetheless close.

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