The Topless Tulip Caper (Chip Harrison) by Lawrence Block, Gregory Gorton

By Lawrence Block, Gregory Gorton

Whilst 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 lady who reviews it: a statuesque stripper and novice ichthyologist who has come to him for aid 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 global of dressing rooms and simple loss of life, the place the poison kills speedy and the simplest clues are came across among the sheets. Catching the killer is difficult, yet Chip's genuine problem is staying alive lengthy sufficient to get the stripper to take off her outfits.

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I didn’t know exactly what to say, because I didn’t know what my reaction was, exactly. It had been a turn-on watching her on stage, but then it had been at least as exciting in many ways being with her that afternoon, and it was hard to decide whether I would have reacted to her the same way on stage if she had been a total stranger instead of someone who had already Put Ideas In My Head. In some ways it might have been more of a turn-on if I hadn’t known her, especially at the end when she did the spread number.

But Tulip would come over to meet me because we had arranged it that way, and the last thing I wanted was for her to be confronted by this idiot who was convinced she was crazy about him. ” His mouth spread in an unpleasant grin. “You? ” “A young punk like you? ” “She’s my sister,” I said. The grin went away, reversing itself in slow motion. ” “Listen,” he said, “don’t get me wrong. A person, you know, a person’ll make remarks—” “What I was thinking,” I said, “is this. I was thinking about taking my knife out of my pocket and cutting you a little.

This place has all the character of an office building, but on the other hand the elevators are fast and there’s plenty of closet space and there aren’t any cockroaches. ” “No, it just occurred to me. What we do, Wong Fat puts some kind of crystals in the corners of the kitchen, and the roaches eat it and die.

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