By Max Allan Collins, Mickey Spillane
Thirty-two tales of lovely ingenuity. Thirty-two writers of mythical genius. 100 years of crime fiction in a distinctive assortment.
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I smiled cheerfully over at the Flame. She wasn’t the young girl now. She was the hard, calculating woman of the night. It was in her eyes, her face, her tight lips— in the very movement she made pulling the high-priced fur piece over her bare right shoulder. I said to Armin above the singer who had hit her stride and was raising hell all over the room: “And if Raftner isn’t as bad as you think, then you’ll—” He almost snarled as he cut in. ” I patted Armin—the dangerous Armin—on the back. ” Armin clutched at my arm, looked at me as if he were figuring out if I were drunk or not.
All quiet here. I think you’re wise to move the stuff early.... What...? Yeah, I’d like to see Williams come here, too. ” So it was Sam. Poor dumb Sam. And the Flame had wondered if he were dead. His very next words made me feel that perhaps after all Sam wasn’t so dumb. ” he said. “The Flame’s turned Armin’s head? I don’t know about that. But I tell you she’s a wildcat, Raftner. ” An hour. That was not so good. That vase was built funny, maybe thicker than I thought. Anyway I couldn’t stand up and I couldn’t sit down; I had to crouch like a guy playing squat-tag.
Armin’s got an eye on that Morse girl for more than just the money in it. ” Sam let his broad thick lips part. “And what of it, Florence. You’re a knock-out when you’re mad. ” He put a hand around her shoulders, drew her to him. “Let him run out with the dame if he wants. ” Did I step out to protect the frail little body of the Flame from this giant. I did not. And I didn’t need to. Her arms moved like twin pistons, the hands on the ends of those arms flashing white. Just the crack, and the marks of fingers upon the man’s face.