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Spotting the winner

Short Story (2000 words)

Gloria Brown is torn between two young men, Nick Finch and Johnny Allsop, a pair of criminals working in partnership. Johnny, having just won 1000 on a horse and keen to set up a market garden, wants to break up the partnership. Nick talks him into doing one more job. Actually he wants to set Johnny up so that he gets caught, leaving Nick free to court Gloria. Will he get away with it?

 

Argosy, January 1962.

Included in Crime and Detection, ed. John HIggins, 2010.