A Long Line of Dead Men (A Matthew Scudder Mystery) by Lawrence Block

By Lawrence Block

An old brotherhood meets every year within the again room of a swank new york restuarant, a fraternity created in mystery to have fun existence 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 recognized 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 decide on 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 people who 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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One that occurred to me was that the group was composed of men with a strong predisposition toward early A LONG LINE OF DEAD MEN 23 death. It seemed at least arguable that natural selection might have operated to steer such persons into our club. A person genetically destined for an early grave might be aware of his fate on some unconscious level, and might thus be more likely than the next fellow to accept an invitation to join a group preoccupied with death. I don’t know whether or not I believe in fate, it probably depends when you ask me, but I certainly believe in genetic predisposition.

Shit,’’ he said. ’’ ‘‘No, I think the limp’s bogus. ’’ The following Monday I showed up around noon at Reliable’s offices in the Flatiron Building. ‘‘I had a hunch,’’ I told Wally. ’’ ‘‘You took her to McAnn’s Hillside? ’’ ‘‘Charlie wasn’t there,’’ I said, ‘‘but the bartender thought he might be at Wallbanger’s. ‘A bunch of ’em went over there,’ he said. ’’ ‘‘The kind where they’ve got a patch of it on the wall, and you attach some to yourself, and you take a running leap at the wall. ’’ ‘‘Jesus Christ,’’ he said.

The tontine, although I don’t suppose he called it that. It was a sort of a cross between life insurance and a lottery. ’’ ‘‘Not necessarily. Sometimes it was set up so that the funds were distributed when the survivors were down to five or ten percent of the original number. Others, smaller ones, stayed locked up until there was only one person left alive. People would be enrolled by their parents in early childhood, and if the investments did well they could wind up looking at a fortune. ’’ ‘‘I got the word from the dictionary,’’ she said, ‘‘so I’d know what to look up in the encyclopedia.

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