Cyrus Skeen, private detective, scours 1928 San Francisco in search of the man who stole a priceless medieval artifact. The thief, who is also a pathological killer, is not Skeen's only obstacle. The exquisite Frenchwoman and retured British colonel who are searching for the artifact also prove to be obstructions. Helping him in his search is his loyal and adoring secretary, Dilys Jones. Complicating the search are two Yale classmates, one of whom has penned a hit play that is headed for Broadway, but who has a secret about its true authorship. This is the other side of Sam Spade's San Francisco.
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Edge of Suspense: Thrilling Tales of Mystery & Murder is a collection of mystery, suspense, and thriller short stories from best-selling crime writer R. Barri Flowers. Tales include "Dinner Crashers", in which FBI and Secret Service agents try to stop an attempted political assassination; a noir mystery; "The Wrong End of a Gun Barrel", about a beautiful blonde who turns out to be more than a man bargained for; and "Vandals", the story of two teenagers who find themselves running for their lives after vandalizing a car.
Delmer was an only child born into poverty who never knew what a loving family was like. His father was an alcoholic and his mother slept with every man in town. Delmer was abused and made fun of by his classmates until one day when Delmer fired up his father's furnace that was used to cremate the dead. Delmer watched as the flames got higher and higher and a voice from the fire gave him comfort because the voice was telling Delmer what he wanted to hear. Then, when the furnace started telling Delmer lies, he went into a rage. And that's when the killing started....