Wednesday, March 31, 2021

"May Die Unless Found Quickly"

"Time To Think."
By Geoffrey Williamson (1897-1976).
Illustration by Ronald Lampitt (?-?; HERE).
First appearance: The Passing Show, August 6, 1938.
Short short short story (1 page).
Online at (HERE).

     ". . . a kidnapped millionaire who wanted to become a dead loss."

Perfect murders are just about impossible to pull off—and that goes for perfect kidnappings, too . . . .

Principal characters:
~ Castle:
  "Give me time to think."
~ Dixie:
  ". . . the chauffeur, who was likewise armed . . ."
~ Corrigan:
  "You're a wise guy, all right."
~ Sparks:
  "Okay, boss."
~ The doctor:
  "Take us to him."

- Not much info is available concerning Geoffrey Williamson; FictionMags's thumbnail: "Died in Shepway, Kent." Williamson's short fiction publications in various genres stretched from 1924 to 1950, his only series character being Silva de Cruz (2 stories in The 20-Story Magazine, 1925); Williamson's final work was in nonfiction articles in the mid-to-late 1960s.

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