By Giorgio Scerbanenco
One balmy spring night at the outskirts of Milan, a Fiat with passengers plunges right into a canal. at the beginning, their deaths are registered as an coincidence.
But Duca Lamberti, the doctor-turned-detective of Giorgio Scerbanenco's mythical sequence, suspects there's extra to it than that. simply because that very same canal has been the scene of alternative deaths, and all of the incidents have one guy in universal: a legal professional with a murky prior stretching the entire as far back as international warfare II - a guy who, actually, as soon as shared a jail cellphone with Lamberti.
Winner of the main prestigious eu crime prize on its unique e-book in 1966, Traitors to All is vintage noir by means of one of many maximum writers of the style - a publication that lays naked the connections among Milan's background throughout the warfare and its swinging sixties affluence, in addition to an completely soaking up story of betrayal and revenge.
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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.