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The Underground Trail

By Goodrich, Clifford

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Title: The Underground Trail  
Author: Goodrich, Clifford
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: FRED FISHER?S lanky frame humped wearily as he climbed the creaking stairs of the old hotel. He had no thought of danger, no thought of any kind, in fact, except the tired conviction that the man he intended to see probably would refuse to talk. Ordinarily, Fred Fisher was cheerful and optimistic; but the events of the last three weeks had robbed him of all that. And all because he could find no one who would talk. Some cases are tough, others are tougher, Fred Fisher had been told when he?d joined the F. B. I. THE corners of Fisher?s mouth drew down bitterly. The guy who?d told him that hadn't known the half of it. It was bad enough to work on a case when you actually knew that a crime had been committed. But then you at least had something to work on. This time there wasn?t even that much to go on. There was nothing but rumors, vague and elusive, but still insistent enough that they couldn't be ignored. Those rumors said extortion was being practiced on a large number of people, a particularly dirty, vicious type of extortion. Sums running high into the thousands were reported to have been paid. There had even been a name or so mentioned, names of a few who purportedly had been victims. Fred Fishsr had cailed on those who had been named. He had learned exactly nothing. No one would talk, no one wouid even admit there had heen any attempt to extort money. That might have ended it except for one thing. For Fisher knew they had been Iying! Without. exception every man he had questioned: had shown fear, a blind, seemingly unreasoning fear. A fear that had sealed lips as tightly as death.

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Table of Contents: THE UNDERGROUND TRAIL, 1 -- Clifford Goodrich, 1


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