By Lawrence Block
An historic brotherhood meets every year within the again room of a swank long island restuarant, a fraternity created in mystery to have a good time existence through celebrating its useless. however the prior 3 many years haven't been sort to the membership of 31. Matthew Scudder -- ex-cop, ex-boozer -- has recognized demise 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 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 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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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. ‘‘We’ve been going there for twenty years. Keens almost went under, you know, just when we were beginning to settle in there. That would have been tragic, the place is a New York institution. But they survived. ’’ He paused, considered.
And that’s enough. I don’t think we should go to members’ funerals. ’’ ‘‘I felt I wanted to be here today,’’ someone said. ‘‘We all did or we wouldn’t be here. But I talked to Frank DiGiulio the other day and he said he wasn’t coming, that he didn’t think it was appropriate. And now I’ve decided I agree with him. You know, back when this thing ﬁrst got rolling, there were a few members I used to see socially. A lunch now and then, or drinks after work, or even getting together with the wives for dinner and a movie.
In 1989 Tom Cloonan was shot to death at the wheel of his cab. He was a writer, he published quite a few short stories over the years and had a play or two produced Off-Off-Broadway, but he couldn’t make a living at it. He’d make up the difference working for a moving company or renovating apartments for an A LONG LINE OF DEAD MEN 27 unlicensed contractor. ’’ ‘‘I believe the cops made an arrest. ’’ It wouldn’t be hard to ﬁnd out. I said, ‘‘Thirty men, and four of them have been the victims of homicides.
A Long Line of Dead Men (A Matthew Scudder Mystery) by Lawrence Block