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Build My Gallows High by Geoffrey Homes

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Retired private eye Red Bailey is happier than he's been for a long time. Living in Nevada, bothered by nobody, he runs a little gas station, gets in a lot of fishing, and might even be falling for a local girl. Then, out of the blue, his past comes back to haunt him. Blackmailed into doing just one more job, he's forced to revisit the life he fled - in particular, the seductive Mumsie McGonigle. It's not long before Bailey realizes that a trap has been set for him.