Harry Wilkerson and his partner Bemis pull a series of truck hijackings by staging fake accidents, knowing that most truck drivers will stop and attempt to render whatever assistance they can. They rely upon their confederate "Pop" (the owner of a roadside diner) to supply information concerning which drivers are carrying particularly valuable cargo. After one hijacking, Dan Mathews and Sergeant Walters use tire impressions and testimony from a victim and a hitchhiker to steadily narrow the focus of their investigation. They trap Bemis at the chicken ranch where the stolen goods were unloaded, but must use a ruse in order to trick "Pop" into leading them to the warehouse where the goods are stored. Written by
To the Highway Patrol, the highways of the nation, a vast interlocking network, are vital avenues of communication. But to the criminal, the highways are avenues not of communication, but of temptation. Such a temptation is the crime of hijacking. Knowing the truck drivers wouldn't stop for hitchhikers, the criminals use the vicious ruse of a fake accident. On May 21st, with Harry Wilkerson as the bait, another truck was hijacked. The report was promptly relayed to the head of the ...
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