52 Pickup by Elmore Leonard

By Elmore Leonard

Detroit businessman Harry Mitchell had had just one affair in his twenty-two years of chuffed matrimony. regrettably a person stuck his indiscretion on movie and now wishes Harry to fork over 100 grand to maintain his infidelity a mystery. And if Harry doesn't pay up, the blackmailer and his affiliates plan to press much more durable -- as much as and together with murder, if priceless. however the psychos picked the incorrect pigeon for his or her murderous rip-off. simply because Harry Mitchell doesn't get mad...he will get even.

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Un papier ? Vous êtes journaliste ? — Au Crépuscule. Un canard qui verra bougrement grimper son tirage si son rédacteur en chef ne me flanqué pas dehors avant que j ’aie pu donner ma mesure... Je me mis à rire. — Je puis vous fournir les éléments d’un autre article. Nous décou­ vrirons bientôt qu’il n’existe pas un seul authentique figurant dans tout le tas. Parce que moi aussi je suis un frimant pour la frime... Un frimant au carré, quoi !... Je suis détective privé. — Bon! s’exclama-t-il. Mais alors.

Dites-moi que ça vous fait de la peine. Dans ce cas, vous seriez un véritable phénomène... Parlez d’un papier original ! — Un papier ? Vous êtes journaliste ? — Au Crépuscule. Un canard qui verra bougrement grimper son tirage si son rédacteur en chef ne me flanqué pas dehors avant que j ’aie pu donner ma mesure... Je me mis à rire. — Je puis vous fournir les éléments d’un autre article. Nous décou­ vrirons bientôt qu’il n’existe pas un seul authentique figurant dans tout le tas. Parce que moi aussi je suis un frimant pour la frime...

M’égarai dans un dédale de couloirs obscurs et perdis pas mal de temps à dénicher ce que je désirais. Ce fut pour lire, sur un écriteau fixé au-dessus des quatre taxiphones qui occupaient l’extrémité d'un cul-de-sac chichement éclairé, que l’on pouvait se procurer des jetons à la buvette. Je m’en fus retrouver mon amie la hiératique barmaid, désespérant de jamais pouvoir informer le commissaire du quartier. mais enfin j'y parvins. Je ne fus pas prodigue d’explications. Je dis simplement que Julien Favereau était mort GROS PLAN DU MACCHABÉE 17 et que cela pouvait intéresser la police, car il y avait de fortes chances pour qu’on l’eût rectifié.

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