Fair Prey

By William Campbell Gault

A golfing ace at the verge of glory stumbles over a country-club corpse

Denny Burke is aware golfer's top source isn't a putter or a 3 iron, however the skill to close out the remainder of the area and concentrate on the sport. Burke has been doing that for the reason that he used to be a child, emerging from poverty to a scholarship on the college of Southern California. After commencement, he is taking a task at a rustic club's seasoned store, to rake in effortless funds whereas he considers becoming a member of the pro journey. It's the following that he falls in love with Judy Faulkner, and his skill to disregard the skin international disappears.

Burke is looking for a ball within the tough whilst he reveals Bud Venier, priggish scion of 1 of the town's wealthiest households, mendacity lifeless within the chaparral. because the homicide research turns the membership the wrong way up, Burke doesn't comprehend if his subsequent cease could be at the professional travel, or within the electrical chair.

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Burke? ” I shook my head. “Not even for parking. ” “Who may you assert hated Venier the main? ” “I’ve no thought. I can’t think any of these who disliked him might react this violently. Bud wasn’t—evil. no less than, as far as i do know. He used to be simply huge and conceited. ” I paused. “And wealthy. ” “I see. loads of snobbery in a spot like this, isn’t there? ” I frowned. “I by no means used to imagine so. I’d regularly proposal it used to be concerning the friendliest inner most membership on the town. ” “You had inspiration? till Saturday evening? ” “I worded that incorrect. I nonetheless don’t imagine there’s a lot snobbery round right here. ” Morrow’s smile was once cynical. “I haven’t noticeable a unmarried Negro all morning. ” I requested, “Any of them residing on your block, Sergeant? ” He chuckled. “All correct. I don’t even be aware of why I acknowledged that. It definitely had not anything to do with the demise of Venier, had it? ” I didn’t resolution. “Am I correct? ” he insisted. “I don’t be aware of. I don’t recognize why Mr. Venier used to be killed. ” “On a golfing course,” Morrow acknowledged musingly. “At his membership. ” I acknowledged, “How may someone drop him from the cliff above? That’s inner most estate up there. And pretty much watched, I’d bet. ” “Not good sufficient. The citizens are again east for the summer season. ” “And there isn't any caretaker? ” “Not final evening. ” Morrow smiled. “He went to a film, too. ” He used to be enjoying it cool and informal, this Morrow, yet that didn’t make him any much less effective. He’d already realized greater than any taxpayer had a correct to anticipate. He pulled out a cigarette and lighted it. “What motion picture did you spot? ” “East Of Eden. on the Bay Theatre in Pacific Palisades. ” “Like it? ” I nodded, and stared at him. He smiled. “I did, too. far better than the publication, i presumed. Any acquaintances or neighbors see you there? you reside in the market, don’t you? ” “I dwell available in the market. I went to the convey with my mom. ” “Oh? You didn’t point out that prior to. ” “You didn’t inquire from me. ” “No, I didn’t,” he stated thoughtfully. “Made any mobile calls because you got here again to the clubhouse? ” “None. ” “Mmmm-hmmm. within the motion picture, final evening, what used to be the gimmick in regards to the lettuce? ” “Gimmick? Do you suggest that company approximately delivery it in refrigerated autos or that dingus the child had stolen from the coal truck? ” “I intended both,” he acknowledged. “Wait right here; i must make a decision. ” He stood up and went into the bar. I watched a foursome tee off, after which healthcare professional Evans came around from the perform eco-friendly. He regarded uncomfortable. “I bet you recognize i used to be a pal of Bud’s,” he acknowledged. I nodded. “But i needed you to understand, Denny, that I didn’t inform that detective approximately Saturday evening. He already knew approximately it whilst he talked to me. ” I nodded. The medical professional flushed faintly. “Bud will be very—obnoxious, now and then. You needed to comprehend him. ” it's going to take a physician to do this, i assumed. A psychiatrist. I acknowledged, “No harm’s been performed, medical professional Evans. Sergeant Morrow is the type of officer who overlooks not anything. ” “Yes,” he stated. “Yes. good, i wished you to appreciate, Denny. ” He went again to the placing eco-friendly. The physique were taken away and the one division vehicle nonetheless the following used to be within the car parking zone.

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