The Last Call: A Bill Travis Mystery

By George Wier

Invoice Travis believes that he won't reside the main interesting of lives, but while Julie Simmons steals million cash from North Texas region horse racer and unlawful liquor baron Archie Carpin, the final of a dynasty of criminals from the 1920's, hence ensues a chase around the Lone celebrity nation to get better 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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A couple of miles down the line from Carpin’s ranch the windshield began deciding upon up little spatters of rain. As we complicated the drops develop into better, the roadway beneath turned slick. by the point we reached a wide billboard that learn “QUARTER HORSE RANCH” at the roadside, it was once coming down in sheets, virtually horizontal, correct at us. I grew to become the windshield wipers on complete. In our headlights the rain seemed to have a nexus, a significant emanation aspect approximately 8 ft in entrance of the auto and approximately 4 ft above the extent of the hood. evening had descended, and it was once an evening correct out of a few tale by means of Sterling Hayden, or even Dean Koontz. the type of evening the place the elements takes on a character all its personal. I slowed us to a move slowly. The final mile took all of 5 mins, although it appeared much longer. The rain got here down so speedy and thick and tough unexpectedly as we pulled off the line close to the most gate that visibility was once all the way down to twenty yards, in spite of the wipers flogging the windshield complete tilt. I checked out Hank. “Are we doing this correct? ” I requested him. “I’ve by no means performed this earlier than, Bill,” he acknowledged. “We’ll comprehend quickly adequate. If we are living via this, take me back to the fact to inform you that you simply did high quality. ” I placed the automobile in park. “Leave the keys lower than the seat,” Hank acknowledged. “We could have to scoot lovely speedy. ” “How are we moving into? ” I requested. relatively, i used to be asking myself. “Gun in hand. We pass in jointly. You too, Dingo,” Hank acknowledged. Dingo caught her head up entrance and licked Hank’s cheek. It was once my flip to claim it: “Let’s do that. ” bankruptcy TWENTY-FOUR Hank and Dingo and that i crouched in a downpour on the fringe of the woods close to the most gate to the Carpin sector Horse Ranch. Thunder crashed and lightning lit up the realm for short areas. I had by no means been so rainy. The rain got here down in sheets. The earth underneath our ft churned within the torrent of the runoff, grew to become rather a lot dust. Hank was once bent low with an arm round Dingo’s neck, or even the puppy attempted to make herself as small as attainable, urgent herself again opposed to and beneath him in an try and remain out of the rain. The pack on Hank’s again was once laying off water at an alarming price. I in simple terms was hoping the item within used to be nonetheless excessive and dry. the guts of the typhoon will be passing over us quickly. there has been one specific sheet of brilliance, there and long past in a twinkling, so vibrant that my retinas damage, or even as i presumed of counting ahead from the flash to the peal of thunder, it appeared huge made up our minds at that second to clap his palms jointly at the back of my head. “Damn,” Hank shouted, “that used to be shut. ” within the woods to our left I observed a flicker of sunshine. The tree that had simply been hit by means of lightning, now not twenty yards away, guttered with flame for a second, then the flames winked out. “Yeah! ” I yelled again. 100 yards forward throughout the evening and the typhoon i may make out the darkish, good silhouette of the most condo. nonetheless no mild. “Do you think that anybody’s domestic? ” Hank requested. “Your bet is pretty much as good as mine. If there are any vehicles, they’ll be round again.

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