And So to Murder by Carter Dickson

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It was idyllic. It was Arcadian. It made you want to go to sleep. And upstairs, in a sunny office overlooking the stream, Monica was taken to Mr. Thomas Hackett. Mr. Hackett was quiet, curt, and masterful—like the hero in Desire. "We're happy to have you here, Miss Stanton," he said. "Happy. " He nodded toward a chair. With a curt, masterful gesture he yanked a box of cigars out of his desk, and thrust it at her. Then, becoming sensible of the impropriety, he returned the box to the desk and slammed the drawer with the same businesslike air.

All the same, please! Whether I can learn all I've got to learn, and still do you anything like a decent script for Desire, all in four weeks—" Mr. Hackett regarded her rather blankly. " he repeated. " "But, my dear young lady," said Mr. " Monica stared at him. " continued Mr. Hackett, as though wondering what could have put such an idea into her head. He was almost reproachful about it. His dental smile flashed. He shook his head. All the force and radiance of his personality, which seemed to animate even his toothbrush mustache, was directed toward disabusing her mind of this fantastic notion.

Look! Three weeks ago you started making Spies at Sea. You lined up Frances Fleur and Dick Conyers for the leads. You had a first-rate script, and Howard Fisk to direct. " "No. What did you do then? Get somebody here to change it? No. You sent all the way to Hollywood—I repeat: to Hollywood—and, at an expense which makes my Scotch soul shrivel, you hired the highest-paid scenario-writer in the business to come over here. The expert hasn't arrived yet. It will be days before the expert can arrive.

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