Previously: An hour later—at Farkleberry’s Star Service they were hassled.
It seems their car had expired license plates and Town Marshal Officer Oliver McLintock approached them as they were filling their gas-tank, “G’afternoon, gentlemen, it appears your license plate have expired. You should…”
McLintock didn’t get the chance to finish as Tomasso shot him dead with his silenced Glock 9mm.
The clerk didn’t hear the shot, nor did he see the officer fall out of sight behind the gangster’s car.
Adventure 5—Gangsters—Juco—Episode 7—Meanwhile… Chris thought for a moment about returning to Rochester—and just as quickly realized that Hiram was in the best hands possible and continued back to Danger Bay.
Chris was not in any great hurry to return to Danger Bay—at least not yet.
An hour into her flight that changed.
As a deputy-sheriff, her cellphone (actually much more than any cell you may own, GENTLE READER, “Smart,” or not-so-smart flip-phone—but rather a total communications device; a device which looks like a smart-phone. The Albert Einstein of smart-phones.
She brought “Philip Marlowe” back to full-speed after hearing, “ATTENTION ALL UNITS—ATTENTION ALL UNITS! POLICE-OFFICER DOWN, POLICE-OFFICER DOWN! ALL AVAILABLE UNITS RESPOND TO FARKLEBERRY’S STAR SERVICE IN MOOSEHEAD CITY! ALL AVAILABLE UNITS RESPOND TO FARKLEBERRY’S STAR SERVICE IN MOOSEHEAD CITY!”
She wondered who it was—and if the officer was badly injured.
She didn’t wonder long as her communicator came to life, “This is Sheriff McCoy, Town Marshal Officer Oliver McLintock has been killed, I repeat, Town Marshal Officer Oliver McLintock has been killed. We’ve cordoned-off Farkleberry’s and need all deputies and forensic-specialists here as soon as possible. K-9 Deputy Shouse, we need a K-9 response—how soon can you get here?”
“I’m in-flight now, passing over Forest Lake—ETA one-hour—best I can do.”
“Thanks, Chris—we’ll provide site-security. See you in an hour.”
Philip Marlowe was shaking with both big Alison engines at “emergency-boost,” intended only for short-term power—she was risking blowing the engines by this tactic.
Seconds later—it happened. Not what you’re thinking about now, “Chris! This is Doc McLean! WE FOUND WHAT CAUSED HIRAM’S CONDITION! HE WAS POISONED—BUT WE FOUND WHAT IT WAS—HIRAM IS RECOVERING!”
To be continued…