The Third Figure - Collin Wilcox - ebook
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A mob boss is dead, and his widow wants Drake to help him rest in peace. Dominic Vennezio is found on the floor of his beachside love nest, murdered on a Sunday night. It looks like an ordinary mob hit, part of a routine power struggle with the East Coast Outfit, but Vennezio's widow has other suspicions. Her marriage to the kingpin had been strained ever since he began taking his secretary for weekends at the beach house, but even now, she feels a devotion to him. She wants justice for her husband - not just legal, but cosmic - and for cosmic justice, San Francisco can offer no better sleuth than Stephen Drake. A crime reporter with a clairvoyant streak, Drake's apprehensions about working for the mob are overcome by his sympathy for the noble widow. He starts his investigation in Los Angeles, talking to Vennezio's replacement, and sees immediately that it doesn't take a psychic to figure out that this job could be deadly.

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Contents

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About the Book

About the Author

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

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A mob boss is dead, and his widow wants Drake to help him rest in peace.

Dominic Vennezio is found on the floor of his beachside love nest, murdered on a Sunday night. It looks like an ordinary mob hit, part of a routine power struggle with the East Coast Outfit, but Vennezio’s widow has other suspicions. Her marriage to the kingpin had been strained ever since he began taking his secretary for weekends at the beach house, but even now, she feels a devotion to him. She wants justice for her husband - not just legal, but cosmic - and for cosmic justice, San Francisco can offer no better sleuth than Stephen Drake.

A crime reporter with a clairvoyant streak, Drake’s apprehensions about working for the mob are overcome by his sympathy for the noble widow. He starts his investigation in Los Angeles, talking to Vennezio’s replacement, and sees immediately that it doesn’t take a psychic to figure out that this job could be deadly.

About the Author

Collin Wilcox (1924–1996) was an American author of mystery fiction. Born in Detroit, he set most of his work in San Francisco, beginning with 1967’s The Black Door - a noir thriller starring a crime reporter with extrasensory perception. Under the pen name Carter Wick, he published several standalone mysteries including The Faceless Man (1975) and Dark House, Dark Road (1982), but he found his greatest success under his own name, with the celebrated Frank Hastings series.

The Third Figure

A Stephen Drake Mystery

Collin Wilcox

 

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This book is dedicated to Lelia

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I PROPPED MY FEET on the coffee table and idly gazed out on my own private vista, that portion of the San Francisco night visible through an oversize plate glass window dominating one wall of my living room. On the first of each month I was sometimes acutely aware of the price I paid for the view, yet I never really regretted the extravagance. On a clear night, from the east slope of Telegraph Hill, any price seemed worthwhile.

It was eight twenty. She was twenty minutes late.

Perhaps, after all, she wouldn’t come. It had happened before: an anonymous phone call, arranging a fictitious appointment.

If she didn’t come by nine, I decided, I’d go to a movie. It was Friday night, after all. And even though I had nothing specially planned, it seemed a shame to—

The doorbell sounded, sharp and startling. Hastily I rose to my feet, crossed to the door and softly swung open the cover of the wide-angle scanner. I saw an oddly assorted couple standing in the dim light. The woman was middle-aged, plainly dressed, dumpy and dowdy. At her side stood a small, misshapen man whose head barely reached his companion’s shoulder. If the woman’s clothes were nondescript, the man’s clothes were almost flamboyantly stylish. As I opened the door I was wondering whether dwarfs habitually dressed in bold patterns, perhaps as a gesture of defiance.

The woman was the first to speak.

“Mr. Drake? Mr. Stephen Drake?” Her voice was low and quiet.

“Yes.” I stepped back, gesturing for them to enter. “You’re … ?”

Not replying, she walked into the room, followed by the misshapen man. Watching her, it seemed as if her manner had something of the European peasant’s stolid, suspicious self-sufficiency. Her face, too, had the flat planes and olive hue of the southern European.

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