A Taste for Violence (Michael Shayne, Book 17) by Brett Halliday

By Brett Halliday

Mike Shayne, the guy with a flavor for violence, tackles corruption, greed, brutality, and homicide in an action-packed 24 hours within the Kentucky mining city of Centerville.

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Ugly pictures moving like worms crawled around the inside of Wade’s skull. He couldn’t stop shaking or get up off the floor. ” A uniformed policewoman came in with a paper cup. Redington held it to Wade’s mouth. ” Cold water splashed between Wade’s teeth. ” “We had to know. ” He leaned down to help Wade get up. ” Redington pulled back slightly, withdrawing his hand. “I know you’re thinking that none of this is fair. Not to you. Not to Mark. But our psychologist did an extensive evaluation and found him fit and ready for duty.

I asked. “Why would you come to Seattle? ” “How did we ...? Oh, that. Yes, you did. The next morning we checked back on the Mazda’s registration, along with a few other cars, and decided to check out some addresses. When we got to twenty-seventeen Freemont Drive, Dominick . . he got agitated. We went up to the house, but no one answered the door, so he picked the lock—I told him not to—and we found a lot of British antiques inside. ” That was almost too much for me. The thought of Dominick breaking into our house and digging through our things made me tense up.

For an answer, Dominick grabbed his shirt collar. “It was him. That guy who ripped the white sweater. It’s him. I saw his face. He’s everywhere. I can’t even think in here. ” The agony in Wade’s head began to clear at the panic in Dominick’s voice. As he opened his eyes, the first things he noticed were coarse black hairs on the back of a hand grasping his shirt. Then he took in a pair of china-blue eyes on the brink of hysteria. “Get out, Dom,” he whispered. ” If Wade had been Dominick, he simply would have picked his friend up and carried him outside.

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