The Last Call: A Bill Travis Mystery

By George Wier

Invoice Travis believes that he won't reside the main fascinating of lives, but whilst Julie Simmons steals million cash from North Texas sector horse racer and unlawful liquor baron Archie Carpin, the final of a dynasty of criminals from the 1920's, therefore ensues a chase around the Lone celebrity country to recuperate the money. Carpin's cohorts could seem simple-minded, but their penchant for sniper rifles and high-explosives makes for a reckless and lethal quarry. but, via all this motion the compelling story of one other mystery--the 80-year unclosed missing-persons dossier of a U.S. Marshall--begins to resolve.

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Oh, sorry. I’m speculated to name you invoice. previous conduct die not easy, you recognize. the same as outdated legislation males. It’s getting past due. strong evening, Mr. Travis. ” “Good evening, Agent Cranford,” I stated. He grew to become and went again the best way he got here, received into his motor vehicle and left. I’d need to you'll want to put off that GPS computer virus at the Suburban. I studied the picture. Whitey was once already going bald on best by the point he was once in his overdue twenties, yet this was once ahead of that. the opposite fellow, Matthew Carpin, was once a wiry little fellow. All 3 males on the desk have been nattily dressed. It hit me. the guy within the middle was once Jack “Blackjack” Johanssen. ***** Stirrings within the evening. I listened to Julie breathe within the evening because the darkish suggestions got here and went. although we weren’t touching, I felt the warmth from her. round within the morning the telephone rang. I grabbed for it earlier than i used to be even absolutely wide awake. “Bill. you're not a really great fellow. ” “Huh? ” “I acknowledged, you’re no longer a really great man. ” I obtained up, the telephone snugged opposed to my ear. Stumbled round in the dead of night in my undies. outdoor? No strong. toilet! I went within at the hours of darkness and closed the door at the back of me, felt for the bathroom, positioned the seat down and sat on it. i used to be chilly all over the place. “You there? ” Archie Carpin requested. “I’m nonetheless here,” my voice reverberated off the rest room partitions, echoed again at me. My belly felt love it had a ball of lead in it, engulfed in a sea of acid. “That’s good,” he stated. “What do you need? ” “I’ve been puzzling over what you stated. approximately negotiations and attitudes and crap like that. ” “Well,” I stated, trying to placed a few of the anxiety out of my voice. “I wager that’s an outstanding factor. ” “It’s an exceptional factor, Mr. Travis. ” “So you recognize who i'm. best for you. then you definately recognize that after a person snaps at me, I snap again. ” “It is determined by who attracts the 1st blood, doesn’t it? additionally it will depend on who’s correct and who’s fallacious, correct? ” “Listen,” i started. i used to be sitting at midnight, yet there has been an image filling up my imaginative and prescient; an ideal photo in 3 dimensions and with sound and movement. Dock’s existence blood squirting out of him and the worked respiring of a demise guy. “You drew the 1st blood,” I informed him. “Not really,” he stated. “But i'll draw the final blood. that's until we will be able to come to a gathering of the minds. ” “What’s your shiny inspiration? ” “You deliver Julie again to the ranch, and I’ll promise that I won’t harm her. Or the child. ” I laughed at him. “Julie’s now not mine to give,” I stated, “and no matter if i may, I wouldn’t belief you. ” “But you’d belief her? ” He had some degree there. “I’ll make this simple for you, Mr. Travis,” he acknowledged. I interrupted: “Don’t do me any favors. simply associates do favors. ” “Call it a great will gesture, then. I’ll enable the little lady move, in alternate for Julie. Even she’ll opt for that. ” “No way,” I stated. “No trades. ” “Let me consult Julie, then. ” “Nope. That ain’t gonna occur. ” the telephone clicked off. I went again to mattress, yet couldn’t sleep. If the decision were not anything greater than Carpin’s try to retain me unbalanced, then it had labored. ***** someplace after 3:00 a.

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