Bursting Sudsy’s Bubble



“Who shot him? I asked.
The grey man scratched the back of his neck and said: Somebody with a gun.”
― Dashiell Hammett


The sponge had gone missing

there was a trail of what looked like dried blood

leading from the sink to the trash

but it could have been ketchup

there was evidence of burger eating still scattered across the kitchen surfaces

someone hadn’t cleaned up after themselves

perhaps they expected Sudsy to do it

but he was busy doing a very different kind of clean up job


“When a man’s partner is killed he’s supposed to do something about it. It doesn’t make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you’re supposed to do something about it…
…when one of your organization gets killed it’s bad business to let the killer get away with it.”
Dashiell Hammett