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The Ambulance Made Two Trips

Murray Leinster

Book Overview: 

If you should set a thief to catch a thief, what does it take to stop a racketeer

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . playin' with matches—only this wasn't matches."

"I'm glad he's only a little bit scorched," said Brink. He considered. "Did he say anything about his eyelids twitching this morning? I don't suppose he would."

The detective stared.

"He didn't. Say aren't you curious about how he came to catch on fire? Or what his pants smelled of that burned so urgent? Or where he expected burnin' to start instead of his pants?"

Brink thought it over. Then he shook his head.

"No. I don't think I'm curious."

The detective looked at him long and hard.

"O.K.," he said dourly. "But there's something else. Day before yesterday there was a car accident opposite here. Remember?"

"I wasn't here at the time," said Brink.

"There's a car rolling along the street outside," said the detective. "There's some hoods in it—guys who do dirty work for Big Jake Connors. I can't prove a thing, but it looks like they. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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I really enjoyed this book, it was well written. It was a fun read!

A humourous short story in the same vein as other Leinster of the era. If cops, organized crime and PSI sound like a fun combination to you, then this is worth the read.

This was the third Murray Leinster story that I have read. It was an odd change from the science fiction stories that I am more familiar with. His style changes from the science fiction pulp drama to a quirky and amusing fantasy story that brings to mind some of the humor stories by H.G. Wells. T...more