Barbary Street Incident, A John Cronin Private Eye Short Story
"Ten minutes can be a long time. I guess it was even longer for Caesar than it was for me. He was the one that was to get it. Even at that, he was taking it better than I was. Everything seemed calm. Little Caesar played solitaire, back to the door. The bartender watched him as he turned the cards slowly. Mona breathed regularly against my chest, soundly sleeping. Only I was nervous. My thoughts rambled. I wondered where Mona lived, and what she was doing mixed up with a gang of murderers. She looked like a nice kid. She hadn’t lived an easy life, I could tell. Just a poor, lonely girl struggling to live in a damned rough world. And Little Caesar — he must have had a mother. Someone to love him, to rock him to sleep when he was a kid. But now look at him. A giant who could rule the world, just sitting there waiting to die by the hand of some gunman."
Marla Wolfblade is reeling from the loss of her closest confidant, Elizaar the Fool, who taught her the Rules of Gaining and Wielding Power, and helped shape her into a force in Hythria. But Marla's plans for revenge are disrupted when she discovers she has a dangerous adversary....On the border, Fardohnya has massed its troops for an invasion,…
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