By Hugh B. Cave
Ten tales of homicide and suspense from one of many all-time masters of pulp fiction
An addled ex-boxer named Tiny Tim ambles out of the shadows and complains to a beat cop that he's being undefined. The officer laughs him off; we all know that Tiny Tim has heard footsteps at the back of him for years. yet a couple of minutes later, Tim is noticed in a pool of blood, useless on the backside of the subway steps. After years of working, the imagined footsteps have stuck as much as him at last.
This brisk story of deception and homicide is yet one of many tales during this assortment from Hugh B. Cave, a grasp of pulp fiction whose profession spanned seventy-five years. besides Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Cave was once one of many defining authors of Black masks journal, and those tales are ideal examples of what set that pulp aside. Hard-boiled, fast paced, and witty, the stories of lengthy dwell the lifeless are only as attractive now as they have been at the newsstand many a long time in the past.
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The flashlight beam did not quiver on the mahogany floor. In the sidelights that flanked the front door, the panes of glass were nearly as dark as the wooden muntins that separated them from one another. The sun had sunk far down the gullet of the storm. John could not be sure that the sound had been real. He might have summoned it from memory, from twenty years in the past. He went to the living room, from where the ringing might have come. The double doors—added to the archway after Sandra’s accident, to convert this space to a ground-floor bedroom—stood wide open.
Longer than you would believe, Johnny. ” “It matters to me,” John Calvino said. Pulses of lightning brightened the windows, and fat beads of rain quivered down the panes, leaving a tracery of arteries that throbbed on the glass with each bright palpitation. “I killed my mother first, in her wheelchair in the kitchen. She was getting a carton of milk from the refrigerator. ” Billy stopped rolling his head, but he continued to face the ceiling, eyes still closed. His mouth hung open. He raised his hands to his chest and slid them slowly down his torso.
John could not be sure that the sound had been real. He might have summoned it from memory, from twenty years in the past. He went to the living room, from where the ringing might have come. The double doors—added to the archway after Sandra’s accident, to convert this space to a ground-floor bedroom—stood wide open. Bedclothes had been neatly turned down, but Sandra had died before retiring for the night. No one, with or without bells, waited there. John had no interest in any remaining ground-floor rooms.