By Lawrence Block
An historic brotherhood meets each year within the again room of a swank ny restuarant, a fraternity created in mystery to have a good time lifestyles by way of celebrating its lifeless. however the earlier 3 a long time haven't been style to the membership of 31. Matthew Scudder -- ex-cop, ex-boozer -- has identified dying in all its guises, that's 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 opt for 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 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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Vodka, I suppose, or maybe Aquavit. They told him it was holy water straight from Lourdes. ‘Drink it down and you’re cured, Charlie. ’ He said, well, maybe, as long as we all understood it was just a temporary cure. ’’ ‘‘He’s a tall, skinny guy,’’ I said, ‘‘with a potbelly from the beer. According to the paperwork he’s thirty-eight, but looking at him you’d say early thirties. The way the thing works, you run up, hit the mark, and take off. On his approach he looked as though he could have been a hurdler in high school, the way he moved those long legs.
It’s an easy way to knock off a drunk, you just wait until he’s passed out and sleeping it off. ’’ ‘‘I guess. Back in the mid-sixties there was a United States senator who died like that, and there were strong rumors that he’d been assassinated, either by the Cubans or the CIA, depending on who was telling the story. But this was in the wake of the Kennedy assassination, when every public death brought rumors of murder and conspiracy. ’’ He drew a deep breath. ‘‘I ﬁgured there might have been some elaborate way Eddie Szabo’s death might have been brought about.
3 ‘‘W e got together last month,’’ he said. ‘‘At Keens Chophouse on West Thirty-sixth Street. That’s where we’ve been holding our dinners ever since Cunningham’s closed in the early seventies. They give us the same room every year. It’s on the second ﬂoor, and it looks like a private library. The walls are lined with bookshelves and portraits of somebody’s ancestors. There’s a ﬁreplace, and they lay a ﬁre for us, not that that’s what you necessarily want in May. It’s nice for atmosphere, though.
A Long Line of Dead Men (A Matthew Scudder Mystery) by Lawrence Block