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James Hadley Chase - Come Easy - Go Easy

James Hadley Chase - Come Easy - Go Easy

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COPYRIGHT \u00a9 1960
JAMES HADLEY
CHASE
COME EASY\u2013 GO EASY
J
WatfaBooks
Come Easy \u2013 Go Easy
By
JAMES HADLEY CHASE
Corgi Books
A Division of Transworld Publishers ltd
COME EASY \u2014 GO EASY
3
CHAPTER ONE
I

An emergency call came in at five minutes to eleven, just when I was getting ready to leave. If it had come in five minutes later I could have safely ignored it, but with still five minutes to go before official closing time, I was stuck with it.

The night telephone was hooked to a tape recorder that automatically began recording when the

telephone bell rang. It was part of this Big-Brother-is-watching-you efficiency system we have.
I picked up the receiver.
\u201cLawrence Safes Corporation\u2014night service,\u201d I said.
\u201cThis is Henry Cooper.\u201d One of those well fed, arrogant voices that come out of owners of vast

incomes and super-de-luxe penthouses. \u201cHow fast can you get a man to me? I\u2019m in trouble with
my safe.\u201d
I thought: here goes my evening with Janey. This makes the third time this month I\u2019ve had to
stand her up.
\u201cWhere are you, sir?\u201d I said, keeping my voice polite because the tape was recording, and I had
already been in trouble for snarling at a customer.
\u201cAshley Arms. I want a man down here right away.\u201d
I looked at the clock on the desk. It was two minutes to eleven. If I told him the night service
had shut down, I would get the gate. The way I was fixed for money, that was a luxury I couldn\u2019t

afford.
\u201cCan you tell me what is wrong with the safe, sir?\u201d
\u201cI\u2019ve mislaid the key. Get a man down here fast!\u201d
He banged down the receiver and I banged down mine.

I had promised Janey I would pick her up at eleven-fifteen. We had planned to go dancing at a club that had recently opened. She would be dressed and waiting. Ashley Arms was at the other side of the town. By the time I got there, opened this goddamn safe, got back and parked the van, taken a trolley to her place it would be half-past twelve. I couldn\u2019t imagine Janey waiting for me that long. She had told me the next time I stood her up would be the last.

I couldn\u2019t telephone her from the office. Private calls weren\u2019t allowed. There was a phone

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