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By Thomas Gifford

Convicted of homicide, a screenwriter will get an opportunity to transparent his name.

The police locate Toby Challis clutching his bloodstained Oscar statuette, his spouse useless at his toes. He claims innocence, however the jury doesn’t purchase it, believing that the sort of cinematic homicide may spring in basic terms from the brain of 1 of Hollywood’s most interesting screenwriters. approximately pushed mad by the point spent anticipating the decision, Challis has no notion how he'll live on greater than a decade within the substantial condo. fortunate for him, he won’t need to locate out―yet.

To delivery Challis to legal, the nation offers simply an outdated prop aircraft. A freak snowfall hits it tough, knocking it out of the sky and killing every person on board however the convict. Challis escapes into the woods, to discover the guy who killed his spouse and plan what each script wishes: a Hollywood ending.

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No, how may you? yet he does. ” “Excuse me,” Challis acknowledged, “but if Ralph and omit Dyer say there has been no guy, what’s the matter? ” “Well, Mr. Streeter, the matter is that I wasn’t there, I didn’t see who used to be there … so somebody’s mendacity to me. ” “Not unavoidably. omit Dyer and Ralph concur, little Stevie has his personal tale … it kind of feels to me that Ralph’s clarification is lovely logical. An overworked mind's eye. ” Narleski stopped pacing whilst he reached the sliding monitor. “I believe that’s the answer,” he mused. “There used to be no guy, little Stevie’s now not fidgeting with a whole deck. to cite Ralph. ” yet his voice acknowledged much past the phrases. “Overmeyer, get in right here. You’re all rainy, guy. ” He became and checked out Challis. “Tell me, Mr. Streeter, have you been as much as leave out Dyer’s hotel? ” “Why, definite, i've got. only once. final fall. ” “Just as soon as, you’re rather certain? ” “Yes, final fall. ” “You couldn’t most likely were up there whilst the kids arrived? that may clarify issues … say, Stevie bought as much as use the loo in the midst of the evening and observed you … say, he was once the single person who observed you—that will be a solution, a wholly blameless, believable resolution that may placed my brain relaxed. ” “I’m sorry,” Challis stated. “I wasn’t there. ” “Of path no longer, after all no longer. simply trying to find the straightforward means out. ” Overmeyer driven into the room, stood blinking. “How used to be the view? ” “Fine, sir. a very good view … helluva view. however the hillside’s freely giving. ” He wiped his face. “God, I’m dripping in your carpet! ” He moved quickly around the tiled entryway. “We’ll be going now, pass over Dyer,” Narleski stated. He appeared unhappy. “We’ll be involved if anything comes up. Stevie’s tale is the single one who constitutes a lead on Challis. ” He shrugged. “What we’re going to do with it, I simply don’t understand. ” preventing on the door, he seemed out at Overmeyer, who had reached the apparent automobile and was once sitting in the back of the wheel talking right into a two-way. “Thank you to your time, leave out Dyer, Mr. Streeter. Overmeyer thank you you, too. sturdy evening. ” Morgan and Toby watched him hurry in the course of the rain and get in at the passenger part. Overmeyer was once peering on the Mustang’s rear finish and conversing into the black mike. Rain streaked the home windows, blurred their faces. Morgan waved and closed the door. “I consider like throwing up,” she acknowledged. “They think Stevie. ” “That’s worry speaking. but when the remainder of the youngsters blow, good, it can get beautiful sticky … it’s as much as Ralph, if he can continue them in line. i actually suggest it, I’m sorry you’re in in this and you’re getting deeper—” “Where did you get Eddie Streeter, besides? ” “It’s his vehicle. He parks automobiles on the Beverly Hills resort. It’s a rattling great point i assumed of it, too. Overmeyer used to be checking the plates simply now. I don’t imagine I’m minimize out for this kind of factor. ” She frowned. “Who is? ” 14 MORGAN LED the best way OVER the hump of the mountains and down into the valley, with Challis within the Mustang at the back of her. The rain couldn’t really make up its brain, and the spray used to be simply enough to maintain the wipers going. The book place used to be on Ventura, and the job within lit up the road in entrance, threatened to spill out onto the sidewalk.

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