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By Lawrence Block

ISBN-10: 0060529024

ISBN-13: 9780060529024

ISBN-10: 0380720248

ISBN-13: 9780380720248

An historical brotherhood meets every year within the again room of a swank big apple restuarant, a fraternity created in mystery to have fun existence by means of celebrating its lifeless. however the previous 3 a long time haven't been variety to the membership of 31. Matthew Scudder -- ex-cop, ex-boozer -- has identified demise 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 choose team 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 locations for a maddeningly sufferer serial killer to hide...and wait...and strike.

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Some of us,’’ he said. His glass of Courvoisier was on the table in front of him. He still hadn’t taken a sip. From time to time he would reach for the small snifter, letting his hand cup the bowl, taking the stem between his thumb and forefingers, moving the glass a few inches this way or that. He said, ‘‘At last month’s dinner, it was announced that two of our members had died in the preceding twelve months. Frank DiGiulio had suffered a fatal heart attack in September, and then in February Alan Watson was stabbed to death on his way home from work.

No, he’d still be news. And he wasn’t the only prominent member, either. Ray Gruliow is guaranteed front-page news. ’’ ‘‘Uh-huh. ’’ I looked at my notes. ‘‘Gerard Billings,’’ I said. ’’ ‘‘No, that was Tom Cloonan. ’’ ‘‘Oh, Gerry Billings, with the bow ties. ’’ She fell silent, and I went back to sifting my notes. ’’ ‘‘It just struck me. All these deaths over all those years. It’s not like a disgruntled postal employee showing up on the job with an AK-47. ’’ ‘‘So far there’s twenty-five hundred in it for me.

I was expecting the question and I had my answer ready. ‘‘If this is what it’s beginning to look like,’’ I said, ‘‘you’re dealing with a serial murderer with a remarkable degree of patience and organization. This isn’t some drifter on a cross-country spree, snatching truck-stop hookers at random and strewing their corpses along I-80. He’s picking specific targets and taking his time knocking them off. He’s probably killed eight people, and maybe more. ‘‘All of which calls for a full-scale investigation, and I’m just one guy.

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