By Lawrence Block
An old brotherhood meets every year within the again room of a swank long island restuarant, a fraternity created in mystery to have fun lifestyles through celebrating its useless. however the previous 3 a long time haven't been sort to the membership of 31. Matthew Scudder -- ex-cop, ex-boozer -- has recognized loss of life 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 crew of gents. yet Scudder has mortality difficulties of his personal, for his is a urban that feeds mercilessly at the unsuspecting -- or even the robust and people who serve them are effortless prey. There are too many secrets and techniques right here, and too many areas for a maddeningly sufferer serial killer to hide...and wait...and strike.
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He does these village scenes in oil on masonite,’’ she said, ‘‘and they have a nice folk-art look to them, but they left me underwhelmed. Maybe I’ve seen too much of that kind of thing. ’’ She made a face. ‘‘But that’s New York, isn’t it? He’s never taken a class or sold a painting, but he knows to bring slides. Who ever heard of a folk artist with slides? ’’ ‘‘You’re probably right. Anyway, I told him I’d keep his name on ﬁle. In other words, don’t call us. I don’t know, maybe he’s the long-lost bastard son of Grandma Moses and Howard 34 Lawrence Block Finster, and I just blew the chance of a lifetime.
The fastest way to get a full-scale investigation under way is to sit down with a reporter and tell him the same story you just told me. My guess is you’d have national media coverage within twenty-four hours and a police task force assigned inside of forty-eight. ’’ A LONG LINE OF DEAD MEN 31 ‘‘Well, if you hired me you’d get a much lower proﬁle. I don’t even have a PI license, let alone inﬂuence in high places. Any investigation I might mount would have to proceed at a relatively slow pace, and I don’t know how much of a factor time might turn out to be.
Not all of them, though. Some of them survive. It was a treat to sit on a bench in that little bandbox of a park and think that maybe my town wasn’t such a bad place after all. I’ve never been too good at looking on the bright side. Mostly I tend to notice the rot, the collapse, the urban entropy. It’s my nature, I guess. Some of us see the glass half full. I see it three-fourths empty, and some days it’s all I can do to keep my hands off it. I went back to the library after lunch and put in another three hours, and that was my routine for the rest of the week, long sessions looking up old newspaper stories interrupted by lunches in the park.
A Long Line of Dead Men (A Matthew Scudder Mystery) by Lawrence Block