By Johnston McCulley (1883-1958).
First appearance: G-Men Detective, February 1946.
Reprinted in G-Men Detective (U.K.), Summer 1946.
Short story (11 pages).
Online at Pulpgen (HERE).
"A flickering candle means death to Police Sergeant Jim Jilley when a stir-crazy killer seeks grim vengeance!"Two quick shots would solve Lew's problem, but no-o-o-o, he has to complicate things. They never learn . . .
~ Sergeant Jim Jilley:
"He’s nothing in my hair."
~ Patrolman Frank Harlan:
"It’s worse’n Sunday. Everybody must be sleeping it off. Wild time last night."
~ Mamie Larker:
"I—I didn’t mean to do it!"
~ Lew Kelch:
"You’ll notice that the candle is a few inches lower than your heads."
Typos: "Ketch"; "The car a thief."
The bottom line: