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He pulled her to him in a fierce, sweaty embrace, and breathed into her parted lips. Set it up for me to see them, honey. Do it for me and I'll... take care of you... The set-up was cash - enough cash to kill for. But something went terribly wrong. And afterwards, blood had to pay for blood.
They were grandstand observers, living the free and easy life:Charley Martins, ex-pug turned remittance man, whose apartment was wired against intruders;Pascale, 18, ash-blonde, better looking than Bardot, a sex-kitten who worked in her father's café and played with Americans only;Gil Fletcher, tall, emotional, a painter in love with Simone;Ed Jones, an ex-loser who, with his Daniele, made a scrubby living as a street photographer.Each of them was happy, until an American writer arrived in Nice and destroyed their lovely illusions.
Two books in one!Murder in Paradise and The Coin of Adventure''What is the meaning of 'whore?''' Ruita asked in Tahitian, anger rising in her voice.I didn't hear an answer because just then a hell of a fracas broke out at the poolside. Ruita and Kitty Merry were rolling on the white sand, punching and clawing at each other. The actress' halter was yanked off and Ruita's blouse was ripped to shreds.I ran over and pulled Ruita to her feet, blood on her gorgeous face from a deep scratch. Kitty had a puffed eye and there was blood on her over-red lips as she jumped up - bare breasts moving like two enormous pendulums - screaming words I hadn't heard in years.Much later, long after I had returned to the boat, a Papeete cop arrived looking for my Ruita. She had disappeared. And Kitty Merry had just been found murdered.
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