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By Ross Thomas

A stuntman searches for a colleague whom he idea he killed lengthy ago
Two pirates do conflict on an previous junk send in Singapore Harbor. They jump nimbly from deck to rigging, crossing swords like fencing masters. after which one surprises the opposite, cutting a rope and sending the unlucky pirate tumbling into the bay. this can be how stuntman Angelo Sacchetti dies.
Edward Cauthorne used to be his opponent, a fellow stuntman whose profession died besides Sacchetti. He’s promoting used vehicles while thugs process him. They’re emissaries from Sacchetti’s godfather, a Mafia don. Sacchetti is alive after all—alive adequate to be blackmailing the don—and they firmly request that Cauthorne locate him. the quest takes Cauthorne again to Singapore, to danger his personal lifestyles for the sake of the guy he inspiration he’d killed.

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The waspwaists down on the bureau. To hell with them. I acquired twenty-seven years in with 3 years to move and that i comprehend extra approximately it than anyone else so they’re not likely to claim something. and that i received Charlie Cole for them and thanks to that they rattling definite won’t say something. ” I walked over and collected Dangerfield’s glass and poured a few extra Scotch into it. “Here. Drink this after which you could cry on my shoulder. ” Dangerfield permitted the glass. “I listen you’re a bit nuts, Cauthorne. a bit screwy within the head. ” “Really? ” “The boys out at the coast say that you simply went a bit crackers since you idea you’d killed previous Angelo. ” “What else do the men say? ” “They say that Callese and Palmisano were leaning on you. ” “I sat backtrack at the divan and crossed my legs. “You can inform the lads that they’re correct. ” “What’s Charlie Cole wish with you? ” “He wishes Angelo off his again for something. ” “Angelo’s in Singapore. Doing actual good, I comprehend. ” “You acquired the images of him for Cole, didn’t you? ” Dangerfield nodded. “I acquired them. I pay attention that Charlie’s been relocating huge funds via Switzerland to Singapore. I figured it was once to Angelo. Am I correct? ” “You’re right,” I acknowledged. “What’s Angelo received on him? ” “Everything. every thing he ever gave you and except Cole retains paying, Angelo’s going to offer it on your neighbors in manhattan. ” Dangerfield considered that for a second. He rubbed his substantial purple nostril and frowned. “And Angelo’s received the stuff on Lozupone? ” “The merely copy—or copies via now. ” “And the place do you slot in? ” “Unless i am getting it again, Cole is considering having a few acid thrown within the face of my partner’s spouse. ” “What did you inform him? ” Dangerfield acknowledged. “I instructed him I’d visit Singapore. yet i used to be going besides while i discovered out approximately Sacchetti. i used to be going at any place Sacchetti was once. ” Dangerfield nodded his great head slowly as though confirming anything to himself. “They stated you have been a bit loopy. They have been correct. ” “Why? ” “Because you don’t understand how a lot difficulty you’re in. ” I acquired up and poured the final of the Scotch into my glass. “You pointed out that prior to, i believe. ” “I didn’t move into information. ” “But you are going to. ” “Later,” Dangerfield stated. “Right now we’ve obtained a few planning on doing. ” “Planning what? ” Dangerfield smiled. He seemed pleased and secure, even satisfied. “About how you’re going to get that stuff on Joe Lozupone clear of Angelo Sacchetti and again to me. ” bankruptcy X After the airplane landed at la foreign I took a cab to Santa Monica and l. a. Brea and obtained there too past due for lunch with Trippet, yet in lots of time to benefit that I had an appointment on the Beverly Wilshire at six that night with pass over Carla Lozupone. “Someone referred to as approximately an hour ago,” Trippet stated. “He didn’t sound very pleasant. ” “I haven’t met any of them who're. ” Trippet desired to understand what had occurred so I instructed him, leaving out in simple terms Cole’s risk in regards to the acid. I additionally instructed Trippet in regards to the plan that Dangerfield dreamed as much as retrieve the proof from Sacchetti.

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