By Lawrence Block
An old brotherhood meets each year within the again room of a swank long island restuarant, a fraternity created in mystery to have fun lifestyles by way of celebrating its lifeless. however the earlier 3 many years haven't been variety to the membership of 31. Matthew Scudder -- ex-cop, ex-boozer -- has recognized dying 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 choose workforce 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 right here, and too many locations for a maddeningly sufferer serial killer to hide...and wait...and strike.
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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. ‘‘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.
Because if there’s a destiny operating, genetic or otherwise, I don’t suppose there’s anything to be done about it. And if our membership in the club is killing us by poisoning our psyches in some insidious fashion, well, it’s probably too late to look for the antidote. And if Homer was a sly old duffer and ours is the ﬁrst club of thirty-one in human history, well, so what? ’’ He snorted. ‘‘I could say that it gets harder every year to ﬁnd thirty honorable men, but I don’t know that it’s true.
Never. Not that I made searching for it my life’s work. But I would have liked to know how it all came out. There were times over the years when that’s what kept me from jumping out the window. I’m not talking about the book, I’m talking about life. ’’ ‘‘Why, thank you,’’ she said. ’’ ‘‘I was just struck by it. Watching the play of emotions on your face. ’’ ‘‘You old bear,’’ she said, and sat down on the couch next to me. ’’ ‘‘Oh? ’’ Afterward, as we were lying side by side, she said, ‘‘You know, when I was saying earlier that the club was a real guy thing, I wasn’t just making war-between-the-sexes jokes.