By Ed McBain
Eighty-six-year-old George Lasser was once the superintendent of a development within the 87th Precinct until eventually only in the near past. regrettably his tenure resulted in the building’s basement with a pointy, heavy blade of an ax in his head…
There are not any witnesses, no suspects, and no clues. The spouse and son? They’re either a bit off-kilter, yet they've got alibis. simply while Carella and Hawes are approximately to place the case at the shelf, the killer moves back. Now the detectives are sizzling at the path of a guy loopy sufficient to homicide with an ax.
One of the 87th Precinct sequence’ most interesting installments, Ax is a pointy, excessive crime mystery that's vintage Ed McBain. The ny occasions hails it as “the better of today’s police stories—lively, artistic, convincing, suspenseful, and completely satisfactory.”
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No, I’m purported to be lifeless serious,” Carella spoke back. “We understand that George Lasser used to be an formidable guy consistently in search of clean angles. we all know that you’d already shaken down one in every of your firm’s consumers and been warned opposed to trying an identical factor back, and we additionally understand that you simply and George Lasser labored within the similar development even as. You’ve simply informed us that you simply knew him, so we—” “Just to claim hi to. ” “Sure. we expect it used to be a bit greater than that, Mr. Reuhr. ” “Yeah? What do you're thinking that it used to be? ” “We imagine you came across one other certainly one of your firm’s consumers to blackmail, and—” “I’d watch the way you throw round that note blackmail. ” “Never brain what I watch, Mr. Reuhr. we predict you came upon one other sucker to blackmail, yet you knew that Cavanaugh could holiday you in 100 items when you attempted it back. that's, when you attempted it back in my view. ” Carella paused. “Are you commencing to get the image, Mr. Reuhr? ” “I don’t recognize what you’re conversing approximately. ” “He by no means turns out to grasp what we’re conversing about,” Carella acknowledged to Hawes conversationally. “What we're speaking approximately, Mr. Reuhr, is that this. we expect you came upon an individual who wanted blackmailing and, understanding you couldn't visit him in my opinion, made up our minds to ship a consultant on your position. we predict the individual you made the choice to ship was once George Lasser. That’s what we expect. ” “Mmm-huh,” Reuhr acknowledged. “What do you think that, Mr. Reuhr? ” “I imagine that’s very fascinating. ” “Yes, we do, too. ” “But I don’t imagine you could end up any of it. ” “You’re correct. We can’t,” Carella acknowledged. “That’s what I thought,” Reuhr acknowledged, and smiled. Carella back the smile. “We don’t need to, Mr. Reuhr,” he stated. “You don’t, huh? ” “Nope. ” “How come? ” “We’re now not attracted to anything as piddling as blackmail. We’re drawn to murder. We’ve been getting loads of warmth in this, Mr. Reuhr. We’d particularly like greatly to discover anyone to hold it on. ” “You may, huh? ” “Yes, certainly. Why don’t we play ball with one another? ” “In what manner? ” “Mr. Reuhr, we can’t turn out that you just and Lasser have been blackmailing anyone jointly in 1939, that’s precise. yet we will be able to end up blackmail in 1937 simply because Mr. Cavanaugh has already instructed us all approximately it, and I’m yes he’d repeat it at the witness stand and might additionally let us know the identify of your sufferer. In different phrases, Mr. Reuhr, we’ve bought you for that little caper, if for not anything else. ” “Mmm,” Reuhr acknowledged. “Make feel? ” “What’s your deal? ” “We don’t imagine you killed Lasser,” Hawes stated. “How come? ” “We can’t see any reason behind it. From what we will see, you and Lasser have been neighbors. He used to be in on a shakedown care for you, allow you to use the basement on your crap video games, why in case you kill him? ” “Mmm,” Reuhr acknowledged. “Still make feel, Mr. Reuhr? ” “I’m listening,” Reuhr acknowledged. “I imagine he is familiar with what we’re conversing approximately now,” Carella stated, and smiled at Hawes. “Go on,” Reuhr stated. “Okay. You and Lasser are shaking an individual down. it seems that you’re getting rather a lot of loot from this individual simply because Lasser is ready to manage to pay for the college and the health center on his proportion by myself.