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Stephen Marlowe

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In Rome for the Olympics, Drum witnesses an assassination When he was in college, Kyle Ryder picked up athletic records effortlessly. Now he picks up girls. An Olympic-quality javelin thrower, he has recently fallen for a Czechoslovakian Amazon named Hilda, whose weapon of choice is the discus. On the eve of the Rome summer Olympics, Kyle's father hires private detective Chester Drum to follow his son. He doesn't mind the girl - it's her Soviet handlers who make him nervous. The Olympic torch hasn't even been lit when their love affair takes its first casualty. Their Italian go-between, Signor Mozzoni, is crossing the street when a Citroën runs him down. With their protector dead, Kyle and his girlfriend vanish. If Drum doesn't find the missing athletes quickly, the Soviet trainers will give them a workout from which they'll never recover. Review quote: "An enjoyable ... pursuit-thriller." - The New York Times Book Review "A great pulpster ... always one of my favorites." - Ed Gorman, author of The Poker Club "Drum sleuths to his own beat; he is a strong private investigator, who hooks the audience in each tale, short or long." - Harriet Klausner Book Reviews Biographical note: Stephen Marlowe (1928-2008) was the author of more than fifty novels, including nearly two dozen featuring globe-trotting private eye Chester Drum. Born Milton Lesser, Marlowe was raised in Brooklyn and attended the College of William and Mary. After several years writing science fiction under his given name, he legally adopted his pen name, and began focusing on Chester Drum, the Washington-based detective who first appeared in The Second Longest Night (1955). Although a detective akin to Raymond Chandler's characters, Drum was distinguished by his jet-setting lifestyle, which carried him to various exotic locales from Mecca to South America. These espionage-tinged stories won Marlowe acclaim, and he produced more than one a year before ending the series in 1968. After spending the 1970s writing suspense novels like The Summit (1970) and The Cawthorn Journals (1975), Marlowe turned to scholarly historical fiction. He lived much of his life abroad, in Switzerland, Spain, and France, and died in Virginia in 2008.

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In Rome for the Olympics, Drum witnesses an assassination

When he was in college, Kyle Ryder picked up athletic records effortlessly. Now he picks up girls. An Olympic-quality javelin thrower, he has recently fallen for a Czechoslovakian Amazon named Hilda, whose weapon of choice is the discus. On the eve of the Rome summer Olympics, Kyle’s father hires private detective Chester Drum to follow his son. He doesn’t mind the girl - it’s her Soviet handlers who make him nervous.

The Olympic torch hasn’t even been lit when their love affair takes its first casualty. Their Italian go-between, Signor Mozzoni, is crossing the street when a Citroën runs him down. With their protector dead, Kyle and his girlfriend vanish. If Drum doesn’t find the missing athletes quickly, the Soviet trainers will give them a workout from which they’ll never recover.

Review quote:

“An enjoyable ... pursuit-thriller.” - The New York Times Book Review

“A great pulpster ... always one of my favorites.” - Ed Gorman, author of The Poker Club

 “Drum sleuths to his own beat; he is a strong private investigator, who hooks the audience in each tale, short or long.” - Harriet Klausner Book Reviews

About the Author

Stephen Marlowe (1928–2008) was the author of more than fifty novels, including nearly two dozen featuring globe-trotting private eye Chester Drum. Born Milton Lesser, Marlowe was raised in Brooklyn and attended the College of William and Mary. After several years writing science fiction under his given name, he legally adopted his pen name, and began focusing on Chester Drum, the Washington-based detective who first appeared in The Second Longest Night (1955).

Although a private detective akin to Raymond Chandler’s characters, Drum was distinguished by his jet-setting lifestyle, which carried him to various exotic locales from Mecca to South America. These espionage-tinged stories won Marlowe acclaim, and he produced more than one a year before ending the series in 1968. After spending the 1970s writing suspense novels like The Summit (1970) and The Cawthorn Journals (1975), Marlowe turned to scholarly historical fiction. He lived much of his life abroad, in Switzerland, Spain, and France, and died in Virginia in 2008.

Peril Is My Pay

A Chester Drum Mystery

Stephen Marlowe

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CHAPTER ONE

IT WAS A HOT MONDAY evening in August, a week before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games—one of those evenings the Romans love, with no wind to stir the leaves of the ilex trees on the Via Veneto and with the sun cremating itself behind the Pinciana Gate in the old Roman wall at the end of the street. When I spotted her I had my elbows and a snifter of cognac on a streetside table a little bigger than a silver dollar.

She was walking toward the Café Doney from the direction of the Hotel Flora and the Pinciana Gate beyond it. Same walk I remembered from Washington: just a little pelvic sway, but nothing blatant, just a little bobbing of the pageboy red hair, just a suggestion of lithe ripeness in the way her thighs swelled the summer-weight skirt with each stride she took. All in all, and without even trying, she looked like something delightful that was about to happen to every male outside Doney’s. Heads turned to watch her.

She saw me. One eyebrow arched over one green eye. A hand moved self-consciously to the back of the pageboy hair. A full lower lip got itself nibbled.

And she walked right by, heading for an empty table twenty feet away.

“Lois,” I said. “Lois Hackett.”

She stopped in midstride and turned with more reluctance than is good for the ego. She was under a light strung in one of the ilex trees then, and I could see the sprinkling of freckles on her face.

“It’s Chester Drum, isn’t it?”

“Was, the last time I looked. I didn’t know you’d be coming to Rome.”

“Neither did I, till yesterday. I just flew in this morning. I’m still a little bewildered. And brother, am I ever beat.”

She didn’t look beat. She looked poised, expectant and alert, the way American career girls do overseas. I got up and pulled out the empty wicker chair on the other side of the small round table. “Buy you a drink?”

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