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Someone killed Bill, and whoever it was stole all the money.
Rita Mae came to San Francisco in the late 1800s with her man to find a better life, never mind the fact that said new life involved plans to rob a few banks. When Bill is murdered, Rita Mae starts turning tricks while she tries to find the killer and, even more importantly, the bankroll. When her new job results in her involvement in yet another murder, Rita Mae discovers her problems are only just beginning.
Sometimes a gal just can't win.
A short story.
Upon hearing a scream, Artie Applegate stops stuffing stolen merchandise into his athletic bag and looks out the window of the computer store he's looting. To his horror, he sees a woman being dragged down the New York City street by a big, burly man. When her haunting brown eyes meet Artie’s, they plead for help. Artie drops the merchandise, grabs his bag, and runs out the front door, the alarm clanging behind him. Before he can reach her, the woman is pulled into a limo, and it speeds away.
Artie soon finds out the woman is married to one of the city's top crime bosses, and Artie tries to forget what he saw. But the brown-eyed woman has ways to make him remember, and those ways may just get him killed.
A new entry in Jan Christensen's The Artie Crimes short story series.
Artie is beginning to rethink his profession when he again meets a stunning woman outside the door of a store he has just robbed. This one only wants him to use his lock-picking skills to open a door across the alley. Until, that is, she's attacked, kills her attacker and demands Artie pull the guy inside. They're not quite even now, but close. She knows he robbed the store. He knows she killed a man. Then he leaves, thinking he'll never see the green-eyed woman again. Unfortunately for Artie, the woman soon reenters his life, and now she wants him to open even more locks for her. It seems Artie can never refuse a beautiful woman needing a favor. This one almost gets him killed. Will he ever learn? Another Artie caper combining the clever robber and a beautiful woman. Third in The Artie Crimes short story series.
When Artie Applegate meets his friend's mother after a long time with no contact, he recognizes Mrs. Henderson because of her incredible long legs. But Artie's pleasure at seeing them--her--again is dashed when she insists he persuade her son to break up with his current girlfriend. If Artie doesn't, then the video Mrs. Henderson captured of him burglarizing her jewelry store will end up at the police station.
With that threat hanging over his head, Artie sets out to become reacquainted with his old friend, Henry, meets Henry's easily angered lover, and tries to figure out a way to break up the relationship. It will take all his professional skills and imagination to do so, and even then, things don't turn out exactly as he envisioned. But Artie is used to that.