"Time for Murder."
By Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970).
First appearance: Dime Detective Magazine, January 15, 1934.
Novelette (30 pages).
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
(Notes: Parental caution: Strong language; many typos too numerous to bother with, but you're welcome to count them; and there's also a missing page . Good luck with your reading experience.)
"Amateur burglar extraordinary—that's what George Brokay wanted to be—and he got his wish! But he never knew there could be so many angles to a simple job of house-breaking until he stepped into that darkened room . . ."Segments:
Chapter One: "Brokay Goes West"
Chapter Two: "Monkey Business"
Chapter Three: "Cover for a Crook"
Chapter Four: "The Fence"
Chapter Five: "Time for Murder"
Chapter Six: "Brokay Entertains the Law"
Two murders but only one killer; two motives, one obvious, one not. Our money's on the monkey; after all, he was alone at both crime scenes . . .
~ George Brokay:
"I want to have some adventure; I want to have some fun. I want to have some excitement."
~ Sam West/William East/Carl North:
"By God! I believe you mean it!"
~ Gladys Ordway:
"You should be interested in her, because she's the same sort that you are—a woman who has more money than she knows what to do with."
"That monkey represents the best clue we've got. He's going to lead to a solution of the mystery one of these days."
~ Thelma Grebe:
". . . keeps her own confidences. That's why she's on the job. If it wasn't for that, she'd be found in an alley some night with her throat slit."
~ Charles Giddings:
"I'm on special duty with the police. I am very friendly to Thelma Grebe, but I understand there has been a serious crime committed here."
~ Rhoda Koline:
". . . for the life of him, Brokay could not keep from staring at her, and wondering how she could be interested in a life of crime, or why such a refined young woman could be, as the burglar had expressed it, 'on the lam'."
~ Frank Compton:
"What do you mean, a fence? I make an honest living, my friend. I never touched anything stolen in my life. You, a murderer, should talk to me about being a fence."
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