The Last Call: A Bill Travis Mystery

By George Wier

Invoice Travis believes that he would possibly not dwell the main interesting of lives, but while Julie Simmons steals million cash from North Texas area horse racer and unlawful liquor baron Archie Carpin, the final of a dynasty of criminals from the 1920's, therefore ensues a chase around the Lone celebrity country to recuperate the money. Carpin's cohorts could appear simple-minded, but their penchant for sniper rifles and high-explosives makes for a reckless and lethal quarry. but, via all this motion the compelling story of one other mystery--the 80-year unclosed missing-persons dossier of a U.S. Marshall--begins to solve.

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Wonderful. ” A second later I felt a fragile hand on my shoulder. I regarded up at her and gave her my most sensible smile as she sat down beside me. ***** at the method out of the eating place, Hank tapped me at the shoulder and nodded. i peeked fast the place his eyes indicated, attempting to be nonchalant, and observed them. men. One white, one black. They either had enterprise fits on. one of many two–-the white guy–-was beefy, approximately 200 and fifty kilos. Feds. I knew then what Hank intended. They exuded it like an air of secrecy. ***** We moved via castle worthy and out the opposite facet and up onto the wind-swept North Texas Plains as evening fell. It used to be a depressing evening with a variety of stars over us and transparent street forward. Julie nuzzled into my shoulder, discovering the main cozy place for herself, and the main painful one for me. Such is lifestyles. I persevered it for approximately twenty miles ahead of transferring her a bit of. After an hour or so she woke up. We gone through myriad small cities within the evening and little groups without identify. I heard noisily snoring from the again seat and craned my neck. I’d inspiration it used to be Hank, however it used to be Dingo. Hank and that i traded figuring out nods. My eyes have been commencing to glaze by the point we made it to Dumas, Texas. We stumbled on a inn at the major drag, an Indian-run outfit that carried a gentle odor of curry, even outdoors. Hank took the room subsequent to me and the blond. That evening Julie and that i made frantic love at midnight. We didn’t communicate. numerous occasions in the course of the evening I woke up to wake up and experiment the parking zone. there has been just one different motor vehicle, and it gave the impression of it hadn’t moved from its spot in relatively your time. ultimately, i used to be capable of sleep the sleep of the simply and had desires of Julie, Hank and me in plaster casts. Dingo drove the Suburban and sang with Hank Williams, Jr. ’s voice. ***** “Kathy, it’s invoice Travis. ” “Hi invoice Travis. You’re up early. ” “And you’re at paintings early. Did you even pass domestic final evening? ” “Of direction. opposite to renowned trust, librarians do have a lifestyles. ” “But a quiet one,” I acknowledged. “‘Tis real. ‘Tis precise. invoice, that study you sought after me to do? ” “Yeah? ” “Interesting stuff. ” “Tell me extra. ” “Well, for starters, there has been an entire gang of individuals working that city up there, yet you have been correct, mainly. Bryan ‘Whitey’ J. Walker and Matthew Carpin. ” “I be aware of what occurred to Walker. What approximately Carpin? ” “He went into hiding, then approximately ten years later he used to be all of sudden valid. Made a killing racing horses. He was once consistently watched, although. The J. Edgar Hoover crowd had his quantity. ” “I’ll bet,” I stated. I seemed over at Julie, nonetheless asleep below snarled covers. the sunshine from the hot day streamed via cracks among the window curtains. “And funds? in accordance with the Amarillo Globe, in 1927 the 2 such a lot ecocnomic valid companies have been the sheriff’s workplace and the undertaker. ” “I’ll wager. ” “There’s extra. You acknowledged anything a couple of U. S. Marshal. there has been one. He went into that din of thieves and was once by no means visible back. i feel that’s why Carpin was once watched in any case these years. I obtained copies of stories and letters from the country data.

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