Cat and Mouse - William Campbell Gault - ebook

Cat and Mouse ebook

William Campbell Gault

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To hit Brock where it hurts the most, a vengeful stranger targets the people he loves. It starts with the dead cat. Ex-private investigator Brock Callahan finds the Siamese by his mailbox, its throat cut, and assumes it is a message from some crook he put away long ago. Soon a letter arrives - "The cat was first. Who is second?" - and Brock knows the threat is no joke. He hires his protégé, the ambitious young detective Corey Raleigh, to help him guard his wife and housekeeper, but Corey has troubles of his own. The kid detective is about to get an inside look at the workings of criminal justice. The cops find Corey not far from Brock's house - half-conscious with a gun in his hand and a dead man at his feet. It's an obvious frame-up, but to clear Corey's name Brock will have to find the real killer, and lock him away before his wife meets the same fate as the unfortunate Siamese.

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Contents

Cover

About the Book

About the Author

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

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About the Book

To hit Brock where it hurts the most, a vengeful stranger targets the people he loves.

It starts with the dead cat. Ex-private investigator Brock Callahan finds the Siamese by his mailbox, its throat cut, and assumes it is a message from some crook he put away long ago. Soon a letter arrives - “The cat was first. Who is second?” - and Brock knows the threat is no joke. He hires his protégé, the ambitious young detective Corey Raleigh, to help him guard his wife and housekeeper, but Corey has troubles of his own. The kid detective is about to get an inside look at the workings of criminal justice.

The cops find Corey not far from Brock’s house - half-conscious with a gun in his hand and a dead man at his feet. It’s an obvious frame-up, but to clear Corey’s name Brock will have to find the real killer, and lock him away before his wife meets the same fate as the unfortunate Siamese.

About the Author

William Campbell Gault (1910–1995) was a critically acclaimed pulp novelist. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he took seven years to graduate from high school. Though he was part of a juvenile gang, he wrote poetry in his spare time, signing it with a girl’s name lest one of his friends find it. He sold his first story in 1936, and built a great career writing for pulps like Paris Nights, Scarlet Adventures, and the infamous Black Mask. In 1939, Gault quit his job and started writing fulltime.

Cat and Mouse

A Brock Callahan Mystery

William Campbell Gault

 

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All of the above helped to keep this book from being stillborn.

CHAPTER 1

THERE WAS AN ANCIENT but glistening bronze Camaro with mag wheels on our driveway when I came home for lunch. I knew that car; it was Corey Raleigh’s, the town’s youngest private investigator. He had studied under me in a way; he had worked for me before starting his own one-man agency in his parents’ garage.

He was a lanky young man with a shrewd instinct for the dollar and a fervent admiration for the fictional exploits of Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Lew Archer.

He was in the kitchen, talking with our housekeeper, Mrs. Casey, his surrogate mother.

“Long time no see,” I said.

“I’ve been in Los Angeles,” he explained, “on a case. Man, that’s where the action is, right?”

“Right. That’s why I moved up here.”

Mrs. Casey said, “If you two are going to talk shop, why don’t you talk it out on the deck? I’ll bring our lunch out there.”

Mrs. Casey does not approve of the trade I had practiced in Los Angeles. Nor is she happy about the fact that Corey now practiced it here in San Valdesto.

We sat in back under the shade of the overhang next to the pool. I said, “Your fame must have spread if they called you from L.A.”

He shook his head. “My aunt has a cassette and record store in North Hollywood that’s been robbed a lot. All I did down there was play night-watchman.”

“And that’s what you call action?”

“Of course not! But I had my days free and I made the rounds of some of the agencies down there. Boy, the stories those guys told me!”

“I’m sure at least three percent of them were true. Did you apprehend any burglars?”

He nodded. “Kids, punks. I hated to turn ’em in.” He paused. “I wondered if you had anything going that you needed help on. Things have been kind of slow at the office.”

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