By Parnell Hall
Sturdy outdated Stanley, continuously prepared to do a prefer. Stanley Hastings, the worst deepest detective in New York—maybe within the recognized universe—enters the massive league. while requested to enquire Sergeant MacAullif's son-in-law, Stanley will get himself into difficulty all over again. Doing favors can create loads of difficulties. while Stanley takes at the case, he finally ends up doing yet one more desire than he anticipated: he unwittingly takes the blame for the questionable dealings of MacAullif's son-in-law. Now he needs to have the option out of this mess. possibly he'll discover ways to be extra wary subsequent time he's requested to do a desire.
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She voiced the opinion that I was an ignoramus. I had to concur. I promised her I would lay off gambling and concentrate on the very important MacAullif’s daughter case. I also told her I was defraying my expenses by knocking off photo assignments for Richard. That mollified her somewhat. I was glad. It sure as hell didn’t mollify me. I got off the phone and went back to take up my vigil. Nothing much seemed to be happening. The front of Harold’s office building looked pretty much the same as it had when he’d gone in.
The only blackjack I’d ever played was for fun with friends at college, and I’d always lost. I’d played roulette once. That was the only time in my life I’d ever been in a casino. That was an illegal casino, though. This was my first time in a legal 26 Parnell Hall—Favor [e-reads] one. In the illegal casino I’d lost fifty dollars. That time, of course, the wheel had probably been rigged. I figured the wheels in here probably weren’t. I also figured it probably wouldn’t make any difference. The odds are for the house, so eventually you’re going to lose, one way or another.
I gave her my best smile. ” “Out for the day,” she snapped, and immediately turned to attack the page in the typewriter. I went out the door, wondering if the secretary could be considered an improvement over Wendy and Cheryl or just a change. I decided I would have to observe her for accuracy before I could make a proper judgment. I also went out with my obvious theory having been tested and having proven true. Harold Dunleavy had hired the Weasel to spy on his wife. I went back to my post outside Harold’s office and called MacAullif.