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.I wouldthreaten his life if he didn't keep the opium and heroin and amphetamines coming.And then I would gohome.How proud Lombar would be of me!Heller's viewer stayed blank. Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.htmlI had dinner.The viewer was still blank.Heller was overdue in New York.Maybe that fool Raht had made amistake and shipped me the wrong unit.I called him on the radio."My viewer is blank!" I said angrily."Can't you ever do anything right? Youshipped me the wrong unit!""I shipped you the one with K on it.It went out on International Spurt at 3:00 A.M.You should have ittomorrow.His is still on the antenna.""Then you turned his 831 Relayer off.My unit here is as blank as a piece of clear glass!""If his relayer is off, you can't get a picture?""That's right.So it's off.Now get down there and check it!"I tossed the radio aside.Oh, when I was Apparatus Chief, I'd get rid of an awful lot of riffraff!An hour later he called back."The 831 Relayer is on.If he's in New York you ought to be getting apicture."My screen was blank.A riffle of unease went through me.Where was Heller?Then I remembered something."You told me you had him bugged.""I do.But it's just a locational bug, not an audio and visio bug." Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html"Well, (bleep) you to Hells, if you've got a bug on him, why are you denying me the information aboutwhere he is?""My bug receiver must be busted."I groaned.Oh, Gods, why was I served by such riffraff? "How do you know it's busted, you idiot?" Isaid."Have you tried to repair it by fiddling with it and banging it? Turning its switches on and off?" Cripes, Ihad to think of everything!"I know it must be busted because when I looked at it a few minutes ago it said he was over the NorthPole.Before that it said he was in Chicago.""That's impossible!" I snapped."Now listen carefully and do what you're told for once.Go to his condoor down to his offices at the Empire State and hobnob with or bribe some of his staff and find out whereHeller is! My life may depend on it.Get going!"I found, when he clicked off, that I had begun to sweat.It would be like Heller to take it into his head tosimply come kill me to pass the time.Two awful hours went by.Then suddenly the radio went live."Hey," said Raht, "all Hells have erupted around his office.I didn't even have to bribe anybody.Thestaff is standing around in the halls crying and wringing their hands.The airline called the condo and thebutler, Balmor, phoned Epstein.You told me you wouldn't hurt the woman.She's dead!"I was thinking coolly."How?" I said. Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html"Flight 931 out of Rome for Istanbul crashed with everybody lost.It's in the papers.What did you do?""How could a plane crash possibly have anything to do with me? I don't build these flimsy primitivedeathtraps they use.How would I know it would crash?""Are you sure you didn't blow it up or something?""What nonsense!" I said."These jets fall out of the sky all over the place.It practically rains planes.""Well, all right," he said."Now, listen.It's not our job to worry about what happened to one of their flying coffins.You've GOTto find the man.I have orders for you.""What now?" he said."You are to kill him.""WHAT? A Royal officer? You must be out of your mind! That carries a death penalty just to threatenit, much less do it!""You have no slightest choice," I said."Kill him or I'll kill you, if I have to blow up all of New York Cityto do it!""Gods!" said Raht, impressed."You'll look silly praying to them with your head blown off," I said."So find that man! Where is he onyour location bug now?" Generated by ABC Amber LIT Converter, http://www.processtext.com/abclit.html"I told you it was broken.""Look at it, (bleep) you!""See? It's totally out of whack.It says he is over Scotland."My blood congealed.Chicago, North Pole, Scotland.Heller was airborne.He might be en route toTurkey!I swallowed my heart.Then I made myself be calm enough to think and speak."You get next to someof those people.You find out what flight he's on.We may have to waylay him.Report to me every hour."I clicked off.Water was actually dripping from my palms.After an agonized hour, my radio went live again."I got it," said Raht [ Pobierz całość w formacie PDF ]

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