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The Ambulance Made Two Trips

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Author: Murray Leinster (William Fitzgerald Jenkins)
Published: 1960
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,755 / 33 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 6,076
Added to site: 2008.01.04 19602

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

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out it because you wouldn't believe but--but I can give you some of it. If you don't mind, I will."

He went to the slightly dusty, partly-plastic machine. On its shelf were some parts of metal, and some of transparent plastic, and some grayish, granular substance it was hard to identify. There was an elaborate diagram of something like an electronic circuit inside, but it might have been a molecular diagram from organic chemistry. Brink made an adjustment and pressed firmly on a special part of the machine, which did not yield at all. Then he took a slip of plastic out of a slot in the bottom.

"You can call this a good-luck charm," he said pleasantly, "or a talisman. Actually it's a psionic unit. One like it works very well, for me. Anyhow there's no harm in it. Just one thing. If your eyelids start to twitch, you'll be headed for danger or trouble or something unpleasant. So if they do twitch, stop and be very, very careful. Please!"

He handed the bit of plastic to Fitzgerald, who took i

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****

This is the most delightful short story.Leinsters sense of humour is light and not at all mean.
If you don't enjoy this story I can't vimagine where you are coming from.

Paulo Respighi

Big Jake has every city official in his pocket and is extorting protection money from all the city's businesses except one: a cleaners. Detective Fitzgerald wants to know why. It turns out the owner isn't paying it, and each time the hoods try to wreck the place--
Instead of magic spells, this story uses psi powers. Otherwise, it's a pretty standard plot.



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