Three More by EDWARD D. HOCH
by Mike Tooney:

    For Part Four of this series, go here.


13. “Winter Run.” Originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, January 1965. Reprinted in Alfred Hitchcock: The Best of Mystery, Galahad Books, hardcover, no editor stated, 1980.

   Johnny Kendell is on the run — from himself. After he has tragically gunned down an old bum, Johnny quits the force instead of facing a departmental inquest and leaves town with his fiancée, Sandy. Anywhere will do.

   Within a week, they settle in a new town, and Johnny, seeking work but finding none, reluctantly accepts the job of deputy sheriff. At first, things go well — until he runs afoul of Milt Woodmann, the former deputy and a real womanizer. When Woodman begins making moves on Sandy, Johnny’s trigger finger starts getting itchy again ….

    “Winter Run” was filmed (as “Off Season”) for The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (first aired 10 May 1965, the last show of the series), and is available here on Hulu.


14. “Warrior’s Farewell.” Originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, August 1967. Reprinted in Alfred Hitchcock: The Best of Mystery (see above).

   The unnamed narrator reads in the newspaper about the death of an old Korean War buddy and flashes back to the war and what his pal did, executing summary justice on an enemy POW — no trial, just gunning him down.

   After the war, their lives intersect several times, and the narrator gradually comes to understand that his old buddy is still meting out justice — one bullet at a time ….


15. “A Melee of Diamonds.” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, April 1972. Reprinted in Alfred Hitchcock: The Best of Mystery (see above).

   It has all the earmarks of a classic smash-and-grab: break the glass, ignore the alarms, and scoop up as many precious stones as possible before security gets there. In the middle of all this confusion, a policeman gets clubbed to the pavement, but a Concerned Citizen manages to pursue and capture the thief anyway.

   The kicker in this scenario, however, is that the malefactor doesn’t have the diamonds, worth $58,000, anywhere on him or in him — yes, they actually X-ray the guy — or anywhere along his escape route. Even the Concerned Citizen gets searched: no joy.

   Captain Leopold is baffled, a condition he thoroughly hates, when he gets an unexpected break while he’s buying a can of coffee ….