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Private Eye Noir 8: The Pond by Cowgirlrose
 

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  • Max woke up to find Jaden and Adrienne gone. There was a note from Jaden saying Adrienne had to return to Oregon because of a family emergency. She had left the two letters about the dolls for Max to solve.

    All Max knew was his ego had been seriously wounded. Not only by the fight with the sailors but the girls had the upper hand in this doll business. They had figured out the letters were code for war secrets. It was true the Shaw was a destroyer that had been hit in Pearl Harbour and was now on the west coast in repairs. What about the rest of the letter and the other one about the Siamese doll.
  • Max knew what he had to do although at the same time dreaded it. He had to break the code but if he went to the FBI or Navy, that would be it. He would be out of the picture and back to trailing cheatin wives. He knew he had to see Frenchie.

    Max knew Frenchie personally, otherwise he never would have been able to find him. He was a loud, and bigger than life, person but also extremely elusive. He was a West Pointer but in the footsteps of Custer. Brilliant with a big ego that he often tripped over. He was connected in high levels and that's how he fell into "The Pond." Ha! That sounds funny now. But "The Pond" was the nickname given to this covert American spy group and Frenchie was its director. It was so covert that the Navy was unaware of it and only some high level officials of the FBI knew about it.

    The thing Max knew was Frenchie wouldn't give a damn about these letters or the Germans or Japanese. His baby was the communists. So Frenchie was the perfect person to help him break these codes.
  • This noir series is documentary fiction, a little truth with a fair amount of fiction.
    Photos: Dark Passage -movie,
    Japanese Tea Garden pond-San Francisco
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