By Robert Edmond Alter
A masterpiece of lurid threat from the underbelly of the South.On his first day operating for Cochrane's carny, Thaxton chanced on that his new boss used to be married to his ex-wife. On the second one day he stumbled on his boss's body--with one in every of May's throwing knives planted firmly in its chest.With its impeccably rendered carnival surroundings and its deliriously crooked array of spielers, luck-boys, and dancing ladies with indecent hips and sub-zero hearts, Carny Kill is crime fiction at its so much devious and smelly.
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He was really a very polite boy. One of Cochrane's nice clean kids. "Mrs. " I didn't get it. " He was very patient with me. Too patient. "Look, son," I said. "I can add two and two. " "I'm sure I don't know, sir. She simply asked me to--" "Yeah, yeah. " Everybody who was anybody seemed to live and work over some kind of joint in this place. The nice clean boy told me to go around to the back, where I would find a door marked _Private_. Naturally. I thanked him, and then I added, "Oh--and don't call me Sir.
I kept on walking with Billie. But she had noticed. " she asked incuriously. " There was no sense in telling her that Bill Duff and I once worked in a carny together. That Bill Duff used to hang around my wife like a bee around honey. That Bill Duff lost an eyetooth one night when I lost my patience. " I asked. "I'm one of the nautch girls. I do a specialty dance. " She smiled up at me. I'm fairly tall. So was she but even in her spike heels I was up to her. "I'll bet you bet," she said. "I'll come see you in action sometime," I said.
Step aside, folks," I said in my barker voice. "Let the man see the rabbit' The op behind the counter had the kind of mute, predatory face that belonged in a shooting gallery. He gave me a quick flat look and handed me a twentytwo in exchange for my quarter. The soldier didn't think much of me. He said so with his eyes. I grinned at him. Then I winked at the girl on his left. The one with the sweater that wouldn't stop. I looked at the twentytwo and it looked all right. Then I bapped at the first little rabbit and turned him aboutf ace on his pivot.
Carny Kill by Robert Edmond Alter