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Summary of the Book '42 Keys To Murder':
Newspaper correspondent Nick Burney and his wife Sue become a pair of high-powered sleuths when they take the trail after the killing of Homer Hansel the snooping society editor.
Excerpts from the Book '42 Keys To Murder':
... fluorescent light which poured from the windows of the ground floor offices. After we give the sheet our pound of flesh, how's about a snort? ... ... the shadows got darker- quite suddenly. First he saw a beautiful flash of light, which he decided in his waning moments had the color given off ... ... The pullout had been shoved back into the desk. He grabbed the handle, jerked it out. Have you gone nuts? asked Skeeter Simms. What're you ... ... of Murdock and Doach, but that he's been taking thousands out of the till to gamble? Blackmail! Sue exclaimed. That's right-and Hansel ... ... Once I break this yarn I'll be sitting on top of the world, darling. They won't be able to get along without me in the main office and I can ... ... everything you read. He was cruel-mentally cruel. That's what I figured. The usual grounds. Burney pulled the typewritten sheet from ... ... through the contents of the blackmail envelope groping for clues. Suddenly she stopped pacing and studied her husband. Why did you keep insisting ... ... of his preoccupied head, went outside and drove to the Rock City Hotel. She slipped by the clerk, went to Coral Crane's room. When her knock wasn't ... ... Burney didn't look up. No-I got detoured. Detoured? Right. Did you know that Coral Crane's present husband, Greg Gallery, is ... ... hadn't. You let her get married a second time, and then you put the heat on her. Jones leaned back in his chair. You newspapermen get around, ... ... her way to him, her eyes wide, her face white. Are you all right, darling? she asked. Safe and sound. But he didn't miss me far. He pointed ... ... He cradled the instrument, grabbed his hat, jammed it on his head. You're not kidding this time, Nick. Skeeter's dead and my car's at city ... ... the back door had awakened him. He set his bare feet on the floor, and stood up. He moved from the bedroom into the combination living room, dining ... ... tired of all this, he said. Look here's the story. Farmer Jones never gave Coral a divorce and- We know that, said Burney. Get on with it. ... ... automatic. The pawn ticket came. What shop? Gibson's. And you fell for that? You have the gun now. We were terrified. Bobby ... ... them go. The wind was still blowing hard and a dusty blast whirled into the apartment as they left. It was fully light outside now. Another day, ... ... LeRoy was there. The gun was on a table. Let's have it, Burney! snapped Peters. First, whose gun is that? Greg Gallery's, Burney ... ... him into the car beside Sue. Sue shifted into gear, drove to Second street, found a parking place in front of Gibson's and tooled into it. Burney ... ... both the note and the statement had come out of it. That got me thinking. It didn't prove Ashton was guilty of the murders, but it showed that ... ... after Hansel was killed, probably. How'd you tie the gun to Ashton? Chief Holman asked. I suspected Ashton of the murder after I tied ...