The Topless Tulip Caper by Lawrence Block, Gregory Gorton

By Lawrence Block, Gregory Gorton

While a stripper is murdered onstage, Chip Harrison needs to positioned his sexual frustration apart to find the mobster responsible.123 murders. that is the statistic that will get Chip Harrison's attention--that and the woman who studies it: a statuesque stripper and novice ichthyologist who has come to him for support catching the killer of her 123 infrequent fish. yet it is the 124th victim--this time a human--who attracts Chip and his mentor, porcine super-sleuth Leo Haig, right into a international of dressing rooms and straightforward demise, the place the poison kills speedy and the simplest clues are came across among the sheets. Catching the killer is hard, yet Chip's genuine problem is staying alive lengthy adequate to get the stripper to take off her outfits.

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The entry was pretty much limited to her name because Henderson evidently didn’t talk about his wife very much. Simon Barckover. Tulip’s agent, and Cherry’s agent too, for that matter. His relationship with both clients was strictly professional, but he got in the notebook because he was the only person around who might have a specific grudge against the fish. He thought Tulip was genuinely talented and that she had a future in show business if she applied herself. Tulip admitted that he might be right but she wasn’t interested.

I still had a half-filled glass and there was some left in the bottle, so what she meant was that I was drinking too slowly and the joint wasn’t in business for its health. “Chip’s with me,” Tulip said. ” “Sorry about that,” Jan said, and winked. ” I smiled back, and we sort of carried on a conversation without getting back to the subject Tulip had raised. She said that Cherry would join us after the show. It was her last number, and we could all get the hell out and go someplace quiet for coffee, and I could ask Cherry various questions and we could see if we learned anything.

And some creature poisoned your scats? Good heavens. You’ll pardon me, I hope, for treating you like a witling. I never would have guessed—well, that’s by the way. Some villain poisoned your fishes, did he? Well, we shall get to the bottom of this. And I shall have his head, madam. Rest assured of that. ” So the whole thing was out of control. It was my fault, and although there was a certain amount of thrill in the idea of being on a case, I can’t say I was anywhere near as thrilled as Haig was.

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