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Like many Southern California millionaires, Ralph Sampson retains bizarre corporation. there is the sun-worshipping holy guy whom Sampson as soon as gave his own mountain; the fading actress with sidelines in astrology and S&M. Now one in every of Sampson's buddies could have prepared his kidnapping.

As Lew Archer follows the clues from the canyon sanctuaries of the megarich to jazz joints the place you get overwhelmed up among units, The relocating Target blends intercourse, greed, and kin hatred into an explosively readable crime novel.

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Inflation. ” He grinned. “How’s Sue? ” “Ask her attorney. She didn’t just like the corporation I saved. ” “I’m sorry to listen to it, Lew. ” “Don’t be. ” I replaced the topic. “Doing a lot trial paintings? ” “Not because the battle. It doesn’t repay in a city like this. ” “Something needs to. ” I appeared round the room. The cool blond lady authorised herself to grin. “This is simply my entrance. I’m nonetheless a suffering legal professional. yet I’m studying to speak to the outdated girls. ” His smile used to be wry. “Come inside of, Lew. ” the internal place of work used to be greater, cooler, extra seriously offered. there have been looking prints at the naked partitions. The others have been coated with books. He seemed smaller in the back of his great table. “What approximately politics? ” I acknowledged. “You have been going to be Governor, take into account? ” “The party’s long past to items in California. besides, I’ve had my fill of politics. I ran a city in Bavaria for 2 years. army govt. ” “Carpetbagger, eh? i used to be Intelligence. Now what approximately Ralph Sampson? ” “You talked to Mrs. Sampson? ” “I did. It used to be rather an adventure. yet I don’t relatively get the purpose of this task. Do you? ” “I should still. I talked her into it. ” “Why? ” “Because Sampson may wish safety. a guy with 5 million cash shouldn’t take the probabilities he does. He’s an alcoholic, Lew. He’s been getting worse seeing that his boy was once killed, and infrequently I’m afraid he’s wasting his brain. Did she inform you approximately Claude, the nature he gave the hunting-lodge to? ” “Yeah. The holy guy. ” “Claude looks innocuous, however the subsequent one may not be. I don’t need to let you know approximately l. a.. It isn’t secure for an aged lush via himself. ” “No,” I stated. “You don’t need to inform me. yet Mrs. Sampson appeared to imagine he’s off on a around of pleasures. ” “I inspired her to imagine that. She wouldn’t spend cash to guard him. ” “But you will. ” “Her funds. I’m simply his attorney. after all, I just like the previous man. ” And wish to be his son-in-law, i assumed. “How a lot is she stable for? ” “Whatever you are saying. Fifty an afternoon and costs? ” “Make it seventy-five. I don’t just like the imponderables as a consequence. ” “Sixty-five. ” He laughed. “I’ve bought to guard my shopper. ” “I won’t argue. There would possibly not also be a case. Sampson can be with buddies. ” “I’ve attempted them. He didn’t have many pals right here. I’ll offer you a listing of contacts, yet I wouldn’t waste time on it other than as a final inn. His actual neighbors are in Texas. That’s the place he made his funds. ” “You’re taking this gorgeous seriously,” I stated. “Why don’t you pass one step additional and take it to the police? ” “Trying to speak your self out of a role? ” “Yes. ” “It can’t be performed, Lew. If the police came across him for me, he’d fireplace me in a minute. and that i can’t be certain he isn’t with a lady. final yr i discovered him in a fifty-dollar residence in San Francisco. ” “What have been you doing there? ” “Looking for him. ” “This smells increasingly more like divorce,” I acknowledged. “But Mrs. Sampson insisted that isn’t it. I nonetheless don’t get it—or her. ” “You can’t count on to. I’ve recognized her for years and that i don’t comprehend her. yet i will be able to deal with her, as much as some extent. If whatever ticklish comes up, deliver it to me.

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