By Lawrence Block

ISBN-10: 145320850X

ISBN-13: 9781453208502

Intercourse, medicinal drugs, AND homicide within the LAND OF THE LOTUS EATERS

Anita Carbone used to be an outstanding woman – and it bored her. 

That’s why she took the lengthy subway journey all the way down to Greenwich Village, domestic of the Beats and the stoners, domestic to each form of misfit and dropout and unfastened spirit you'll think. It was once the place she met Joe Milani, the stricken younger battle veteran with the light contact. however it was once additionally the place she met his drug-dealing roommate – a guy whose unnatural appetites resulted in murder…

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That’s what happened to you, Joe would decide. You had been a good kid and they had sent you to Korea to make the world safe for Syngman Rhee, who had been nothing but a fascist bastard to begin with and who was finished now anyway and the Koreans behind half-a-dozen eight balls. They had sent you over there and when they had brought you back there had been nothing stateside for you. Nothing had mattered any more, nothing had fit any more, and when you had gone home to Rochester there had been nobody to talk to.

Joe nodded. “He’ll dig it,” Shank went on. “It’s a bigger kick than juice. Besides, it’s illegal. He can get a year and a day just for holding and he knows it. That makes it more of a kick. ” “I’m hip, man. He reads Kerouac and he decides to get remote. You shoulda been there, man. You would’ve got a kick out of the way he came on. Like it was all something out of a spy movie, you know? Sitting down next to me and talking out of the side of his mouth and all. ” “Everybody’s smoking it,” Joe said.

Shank also ascertained he had never seen the tail before. After lighting a cigarette to make his purchase seem a natural one, Shank left the store and ambled down the street as he thought about the tail. He wondered where the guy had picked him up. Shank had quit the BMT at Union Square. The drugstore was at Broadway and Tenth. This meant the tail had been with him all the way from the meet with Mau-Mau or had just picked him up on the street. Shank tended to reject the second possibility. He rarely rode the BMT from Times Square, rarely got off at 14th Street, rarely walked along Broadway.

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