Monday, November 11, 2019
The Underground Man, by John Lantigua
This is the second time I have selected a story by John Lantigua. Like the first it is about Miami private eye Willie Cuesta.
In this story a lawyer friend asks WIllie to help a client who is an expert on tunneling. He helped break political prisoners out of incarceration in Uruguay but for the last twenty years he has been doing legit construction work in the U.S.
Alas, someone blabbed about his past to the wrong people and now some some professional jewel thieves insist he help them tunnel into a jewelry store. He doesn't want to do it, and even if he did, he thinks they will leave him underground permanently, so to speak.
Turn them in? Not so easy. Because the tunneler is in the country illegally. Quite a dilemma.
Willie comes up with a stratagem which turns, oddly enough, on the professionalism of the bad guys. A clever story.