Dead at the Take-Off by Lester Dent

By Lester Dent

Chance Molloy pursues a crooked senator's daughter aboard an aircraft, yet their flight is turbulent in additional methods than oneIn the Nineteen Forties, air commute remains to be in its infancy. Seats become deepest sleepers, passengers smoke in flight, and it's no sweat to hold guns aboard.

Chance Molloy, a self-made airline proprietor, is dealt a blow while his plans to set up a passenger airline in South the USA are thwarted by way of a corrupt US senator. on the information, Molloy's brother, a associate within the enterprise, kills himself. looking a few form of justice, Molloy forums Flight 14 from long island to New Mexico with one target in brain: to get conversant in the senator's daughter, Janet Lord, a passenger at the airplane. yet her charms are more than he anticipates, and Molloy's easy plan speedy turns into complex. additionally on board are 3 of the senator's henchmen, a corpse disguised as a passenger, and Molloy's stewardess ex-girlfriend. quickly Molloy realizes that this flight will succeed in a vacation spot he hadn't expected.

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Dr Allen sported new glasses and a salon haircut. Finally having arrived at an age that matched his serious nature, he was beginning to find a look that he felt comfortable with: stylish academic. She had never asked him if he was married but she assumed not, and guessed that the subtle makeover was part of his strategy to remedy the situation. He looked up from the bound notebook in which he made his precise longhand notes. ' He smiled. ' She felt a rush of electricity travel up her spine and she almost said it; almost confessed that her father had told her that Katy was a first cousin, his brother's little girl.

Just tell me what she said, [suspect covers face with hands] DI G: Come on, Paul. Let's hear it. ' And that's when I picked up a knife from the counter and stuck it in her, right there, in the chest. DI G: How many times? [suspect shakes his head] DI G: What did you do then? PC: I ran out of that house. I ran away from there. DI G: What did you do with the knife? PC: Threw it away. DI G: Where? Where did you throw it? [suspect shakes his head, breaking down into tears] The last document in the file was a report from the court- appointed psychiatrist, Dr Helen Graham, who said she had examined Craven on three separate occasions during his remand.

He kept his eyes trained on the centre of her face. He was making her nervous. 'How is your relationship with your son? ' 'For the time being. ' She sounded like a fraud and could tell that he saw straight through her. ' 'We've both been rather busy. He works in the day and has to study at night. I barely get an evening to myself . ' 'So neither of you feels the need to make the effort? ' Declared himself. Where did he get these phrases from? Jenny shrugged. ' Dr Allen nodded, as if she had confirmed his theory.

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