By Fredric Brown
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It does make nuts. ” Tracy shook his head slowly. “Nope. Oh, if you stretch that 'adequate or not' far enough, there are petty jealousies and feuds at the studio. At any studio. ” He pulled open a drawer of the desk and pulled out some typed manuscripts on yellow copy paper. He handed them to Bates. “That's the works,” he said. “All of them rough drafts; only two in continuity form, the others just synopses or notes. They haven't been turned in; I had in mind to finish a dozen before I. ” “Go ahead.
The bartender looked down his way, and then came back the length of the bar. He said, “Didn't see you come back, mister. Thanks for the shot. ” “Bumps ” said Tracy. His hand was steady when he picked up the whisky and tossed it off. ” “It's one way,” said the bartender. Tracy looked at him, wondering if he should try to talk to him. Maybe a stranger would make a good guy to talk to. The bartender looked like a good enough guy, all right. A little foreign, maybe, and there was just the faintest touch of an accent that could have been Russian or Polish or from somewhere in the Balkans; Tracy didn't know accents well enough to identify it.
Let's get to the main point first. ” Tracy sighed and pushed some papers across his deck so he could sit down on top of it. ” Bates smiled. ” Tracy said, “All right. I write radio scripts. I wrote a radio script in which a janitor was murdered. In the script, he was stabbed in the back and his body stuffed into a cold furnace. For a certain reason, I won't be surprised—any more than I was to begin with— if you tell me Frank was stabbed in the back, according to that script. ” Sergeant Corey had closed the door and was coming closer to listen.
A Plot for Murder (a.k.a. Murder Can Be Fun) by Fredric Brown