Sunday, March 27, 2016
Nice private eye-type story by Mr. Ross in his second appearance on this page.
Hugh Brewster is a disillusioned psychology professor who becomes an investigator for a security company. One of their clients is a movie studio and when the son of a minor star is kidnapped Brewster is sent into the desert where filming had been going on location to try to solve the dilemma.
The local cops aren't much help and the studio boss isn't willing to contribute to a ransom: "I'm not hanging out a sign saying I'm a soft touch." But the worst part is thatno one is calling with a ransom demand. If they don't want money than all the other possibilities are grim.
The story is good all the way through but what I loved was the ending, a cold conversation between Brewster and his boss that reminded me of Hammett's Continental Op chatting with the Old Man.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
This is Petrin's third appearance in this blog.
Reading a new adventure of a favorite character fells like meeting up with an old friend. But some friends are definitely better in fiction than in real life.
Which leads us to Leo "Skig" Skorzeny, a tough-as-nails loan shark in Halifax, Canada. Skig is too old to be doing this stuff, and he has an "imp" in his guts he expects will kill him, if someone else doesn't do it first.
Among his enemies are the Halifax police who have "found" a block of cocaine in his ancient smelly Crown Vic - in an earlier story it spent a few hours in the harbor - and they offer him a deal: they won't press charges if he helps them find a truckload of old furniture that was stolen while being shifted from police headquarters.
Skig has good reason not to trust the cops. As his friend Creeper says about the sergeant running the operation: "When she says win-win, she really means a double win for them. Nothng for you."
But Skig figures out that what they are really after is not the old desks and tables but some filing cabinets that were in the truck. And if he can find them - and determine which file they are desperate for - he might get out of the mess with a whole skin.
As usual, a good story from Petrin.