By Lawrence Block
An old brotherhood meets every year within the again room of a swank big apple restuarant, a fraternity created in mystery to have a good time lifestyles by way of celebrating its useless. however the prior 3 many years haven't been type to the membership of 31. Matthew Scudder -- ex-cop, ex-boozer -- has recognized dying in all its guises, that is why he as been requested to enquire a baffling, thirty-year run of suicides and suspiciously random injuries that has thinned the ranks of this very pick out staff of gents. yet Scudder has mortality difficulties of his personal, for his is a urban that feeds mercilessly at the unsuspecting -- or even the strong and those that serve them are effortless prey. There are too many secrets and techniques the following, and too many locations for a maddeningly sufferer serial killer to hide...and wait...and strike.
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Well, another one that came to me is a little more mindover-matter. ’’ ‘‘By focusing our attention on our own mortality to an unnatural degree. I’d hate to argue that a man can prolong his life by systematically denying his own mortality, but it’s still possible that we can hasten the day by sitting around waiting for it, and getting together once a year to ﬁnd out who caught the bus. I’m sure there’s a part of me that longs for death, just as there’s another part that wants to live forever.
Practicality was sleeping. ■ ▼ 6 I n the morning I deposited Lewis Hildebrand’s check and walked over to the main library at Fifth and Forty-second. A young woman with the unfocused energy of a marijuana smoker got me set up at a table and showed me how to thread the microﬁche rolls into the scanner. It took me a couple of tries to get the hang of it, but before long I was all caught up in it, lost in yesterday’s news. The next thing I knew it was almost 2:30. I bought a stuffed pita from one sidewalk vendor and an iced tea from another and sat on a bench in Bryant Park, just behind the library.
Split checks item by item? ’’ ‘‘No, charge extra for a tablespoon of Roquefort. When you’re paying twenty or thirty dollars for a meal it ought to include whatever salad dressing you want. ’’ A LONG LINE OF DEAD MEN 33 * * * It had been late afternoon by the time I left the Addison Club. I walked home and took a shower, then sat down and went over my notes. She’d called around six to say she wouldn’t be getting home for dinner. ’’ ‘‘There’s some leftover Chinese in the fridge, but you’d probably rather go out.
A Long Line of Dead Men (A Matthew Scudder Mystery) by Lawrence Block