By Agatha Christie
Whilst Cora Lansquenet is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extreme comment she made yesterday at her brother Richard’s funeral unexpectedly takes on a chilling importance. on the interpreting of Richard’s will, Cora used to be in actual fact heard to assert, “It’s been hushed up very properly, hasn’t it.… yet he was once murdered, wasn’t he?”
In desperation, the family members solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to resolve the mystery.…
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He paused and dragged on his cigarette, then stubbed it out. "But we can talk it over, and I can get an idea of where I stand. Just the two of us, it's your word against mine, see? " Page 27 Wailing Frail, A Shell Scott Detective Mystery "Let's start with you doing me some good. You claim to have been tapping wires for seven years. " "Oh, yeah. I meant to tell you that. Well, Scott, there _is_ a Mr. " He grinned, and it was like a thick muscle splitting open. "Mr. Big. " "That'll wait a bit. " "I haven't got any authority, Stone.
Payoffs. I can give it to you till the middle of next week. You don't know me, do you? " "Electronics, and radio. That's my racket. I can tap a phone, wire a house, listen to conversations anywhere, any time, with wires or without. That's another reason I met you here; nobody else'll be listening. I can get an ear into almost any place except the mint. " I started getting interested. After the people I'd talked to earlier today, I was going to be pretty Page 26 Wailing Frail, A Shell Scott Detective Mystery hard to convince; but although Stone was talking softly, so that people at other tables wouldn't hear us over the music, he talked like a man who had a lot more to say.
There were actually three local investigators doing work for the committee. A bright young kid named Joe Rule worked with me part of the time. Stone coughed into the phone. His voice had sounded a little slurred, as if he'd had a couple drinks too many. " I asked. "I'm the boy that can give you everything you want, brother. The works. " "I hear the words. " "Not like this. I've put in seven years work for the biggest crook in the state of California. I can hang him. But I got to get home free.