By Lawrence Block
An historical brotherhood meets each year within the again room of a swank long island restuarant, a fraternity created in mystery to have a good time existence by way of celebrating its useless. however the prior 3 a long time haven't been type 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 opt for 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 strong and those that 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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And your survivors list shows a Raymond Gruliow on Commerce Street. ’’ ‘‘ ‘The controversial defense attorney’ is how the press generally phrases it. If you went around telling cops Hard-Way Ray was on somebody’s hit list, nine out of ten of them would try to ﬁnd the guy just so they could buy him a drink and wish him good luck. ’’ He frowned. ’’ ‘‘If what I suspect is true, if there’s a murderer stalking us and thinning our ranks, then I would do whatever’s required to stop him. ’’ ‘‘But if I’m just overreacting to a statistical coincidence, well, it would be a shame to destroy the club’s anonymity unnecessarily.
He never missed the annual dinner, remaining physically ﬁt and mentally alert to the very end. Nor was he the ﬁrst of their number to die. The group’s ﬁrst two anniversaries were unmarked by death, but in 1964 they spoke the name and marked the passing of Philip Kalish, killed with his wife and infant daughter three months earlier in a car crash on the Long Island Expressway. Two years later James Severance was killed in Vietnam. He’d missed the previous year’s dinner, his reserve unit having been recalled to active duty, and members had joked that an Asian war was a pretty lame excuse for breaking such a solemn commitment.
I mean, if you got sick of the whole thing, couldn’t you just quit? ’’ ‘‘After two or three years, Homer Champney read the group a letter from one of the members who’d written to explain that he no longer wanted to participate. He’d relocated in California and didn’t see the point in ﬂying three thousand miles each way for a steak dinner. He had written to suggest that they might want to replace him. ’’ ‘‘I guess the letter got written, and it seems to have worked. ’’ ‘‘Just in time for some fatted calf,’’ she said.