By Thomas Erikson
Sorlet från femhundra deltagare fyller den stora konferenslokalen där Alex King snart ska inleda sitt föredrag. Någonstans högt uppe less than taket ställs ett kikarsikte in och nedräkningen börjar.
Inom loppet av en vecka skjuts två affärsmän until döds i Stockholm. Båda två utsätts för utpressning innan de kallblodigt och offentligt avrättas, av en mördare som inte gör några misstag.
Beteendevetaren Alex King kallas in som vittne, males blir snart inblandad i utredningen. Tillsammans med kriminalkommissarie Gabriel Hellmark och inspektör Nina Mander försöker han lägga pussel av de få ledtrådar mördaren har lämnat efter sig. Allt pekar på att de har att göra med en helt big apple aktör i den undre världen.
Samtidigt sliter Gabriels bror, journalisten Fredric Hellmark, med ett uppdrag som alltmer glider honom ur händerna. Ingenting är vad det verkar vara och den anonyma uppdragsgivaren skyggar inte för några metoder för att få jobbet gjort i tid. När Fredrics familj blir hotad drivs situationen until sin spets. Det är försent att dra sig ur, och nu kämpar Fredric för sitt och familjens liv - mot en time limit som närmar sig allt snabbare.
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It oggles me when I come in here to clean . . " I said, "But the parlor is wonderful. " "I've put everything back," Ed said, "the way they had it. Notice the gramophone. " It dominated a window corner. A big, bell-mouthed morning glory sprouting from a little oak-veneer box with a crank handle. It sat on a cabinet containing shelves of small black cylinders— the forerunners of the victrola platter. We tried one later. " A voice spoke in preamble: This is an Edison reck-ord. Evidently the Bridewells had junked the gramophone.
The steeple of the Shore-side Methodist Church. The old-time street lamps. The raffish beach hotels with the decaying verandahs and boarded-up windows. The broad "sea houses," lavishly shingled and dormered— architecture of the day when lumber was plentiful and carpentry could be afforded. Quahog Point was a period piece. Ed Brewster, our host-to-be and guide, met us at the pier. A wide man with an amiable face, he stepped out of a 1920 Kissel that suited the atmosphere, and came over to pick up our gear.
In the actual case the elder son faced trial proceedings much like those herein related. The actual judge pronounced on the real case exactly as quoted in my text. And the fantastic denouement of my story follows the actual. For the rest, this book is fiction. I trust it conveys the spirit, if not the letter, of the real-life drama. If my characters are fictionalized, so were those who played the leading roles on the stage of reality. And when it comes to public images, aren't we all? R. "Quahog Point" April 1959 ONLY IN NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER 1 As someone once said, heredity deals the cards and environment plays the hand.