By Georges Simenon
For 40 years Charles Alavoine has sleepwalked via his lifestyles. becoming up as an exceptional boy within the grip of a domineering mom, he trains as a physician, marries, opens a clinical perform in a quiet kingdom city, and settles into an lifestyles of impeccable bourgeois conformity. And but at unguarded moments this version kinfolk guy is haunted by way of a feeling of vacancy and futility.
Then, one evening, weighted down with Christmas offers, he meets Martine. it's time for the sleeper to unsleeping.
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Yeah - we’ll do that -“ “He bungled. Let him think he’s still in the money -“ Half an hour later, Hooks Borglund left the Club Catalina. Shifter Reeves followed five minutes later. Some time afterward, Big Tom Bagshawe made his departure. It was then that the waiting form of blackness reappeared. It glided through the dark and became a tall, sinister figure clad in black. Tonight, Police Chief Yates believed that Seaview City had been cleared of crime. While he still entertained that thought, the crime kings - one member short - had met in evil conclave.
So big, he has always kept out of sight, and a big shot that can do that is mighty big! One of the gunmen blabbed his name. ” “We wish you success, Chief Yates,” declared the mayor. “We are with you to a man. ” POLICE CHIEF YATES, despite his investigations, had managed only to accumulate a mass of disconnected facts. The chief reason of his failure to obtain more was due to his neglect of one prisoner - Herbert Carpenter. Strangely enough, the man who had aided Carpenter to escape questioning on charges other than the blackmail affair, was Gifford Morton.
The swift-moving phantom was too rapid for them. His answering shots came from a spot near the corner of the room. With uncanny precision, The Shadow picked out the places where guns had flashed. A gangster fired; a moment later he screamed as a bullet from the dark felled him. Cursing men dropped with oaths half formed upon their lips. The Shadow was weaving his way across the room. Bullets meant for him found spots where he had been, but was no more. At last came silence. Realizing that their companions had fallen, the remaining gangsters, with one accord, adopted a waiting plan.