Before She Kills by Fredric Brown

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We're both going to the same building. ” Barranya said. “Want to go in my car? ” Well, there would be; and these days a chance to save rubber is a chance to save rubber. So I got into his car. And when I saw how smoothly it ran I wondered—as all cops wonder once in a while, but not too seriously—whether I'd picked the right side of the law. It was a sweet chariot, that convertible of his. ” I asked, assuming that a boat like his would have a radio, and ready not to be surprised if it turned out to be a radio-phono combination.

Nothing at all. I just don't believe it, — 47 — Barranya. And if you knew this apartment would be searched, then you knew Randall was going to be killed. ” “Brilliant, Sergeant. ” “Yes. You knew when he was going to be killed—or when it would appear that he was killed. Probably it was twenty minutes before I got that phone call. ” “And you think I framed myself by accusing—” “Why not? That radio was a swell trick. It wasn't the radio at all, Barranya. I've thought that out. It was ventriloquism.

Why can't I go on up, while you—” “Nix,” I said. “I'm going to report to Holding, and you're not — 40 — going in that flat before I go with you. Listen, Barranya, the only thing I don't like about your alibi is that it's too damn good. Maybe you got something upstairs I'd like to see before you dismantle it. Such like a phonograph with your—” I broke off, because as soon as I mentioned it I knew it wasn't a phonograph record that had made that call. Because I'd done part of the talking, and he'd answered what I said.

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