By Bill Pronzini
Newlywed Judith Paige hires anonymous to determine if her husband is having an affair. anonymous follows Walter Paige to a lodge room in Cypress Bay, the place Paige is murdered. anonymous needs to discovered who murdered Paige, and investigates. As he investigates, the record of suspects grows.
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The outdated argument—but there is extra to it than that, fairly, you recognize there's. How approximately this, then: simply because it really is there—the case, the human folly, the human misery—and you're feeling you should surmount it; it truly is like one in a protracted string of Everests, purely the place you are involved, it is not mountains yet evil. that may be it, that simply may be it, simply because down beneath all of it you are a dreamer, a romantic, an optimist masquerading as a sour realist—you bad drained outdated bastard you. I felt as though I have been petrifying within the chair and pulled myself up and commenced to stroll round the place of work. Quartermain used to be sitting tensely, palms flat on his thighs, his eyes uninteresting and difficult. Grayish beard stubble patterned his lengthy cheeks, and his throat, seen the place he had lengthy due to the fact that pulled away his tie, used to be a V of free dermis hollowed above his collarbone. i presumed, taking a look at him, that he used to be in all probability a replicate picture of myself—and the concept was once by some means a bit scary. with no wondering it, I bought out a cigarette and positioned it among my lips and fired it. I had the 1st drag after which remembered the soft situation of my lungs, however it used to be no longer too undesirable; the smoke burned harshly first and foremost and that i coughed once or twice, and after that it was once very well. The style of it was once grey ash, yet I smoked it down besides. The clock at the wall stated it was once 5 earlier 8. Quartermain slapped the table best with the palm of his hand, so unexpectedly and so sharply that I jumped and wheeled round to examine him back. He stood up. "The hell with this," he stated. "This goddamn sitting round is using me nuts. Let's get out of right here, let's opt for a trip, let's get anything performed. " "I'm for that," I acknowledged. "Where will we move? " "Out to Cypress element. " "The Lomaxes? " "The Lomaxes," he acknowledged. "And they would damned good greater be domestic after we get there. " ***** They have been domestic. the doorway gate on idea approach used to be closed yet now not locked, and after we acquired down a ways sufficient into the small valley the forest-green Mercedes seemed in entrance of the terrace wall. Quartermain parked at the back of it. front door of the home opened simply as we received to it, and Jason Lomax got here out and close the door in the back of him. He wore an olive-green company swimsuit and a silk tie and alligator-skin sneakers, and along with his razor-cut hair and barbered mustache, the apparel gave him the glance of a profitable if stuffy advertisements or company government. a qualified, clever smile might have accomplished the picture; yet Lomax's mouth was once a skinny, demanding incision, with ridged muscle on the corners, and his eyes held the glitter of artificial diamonds. "Morning, Jason," Quartermain stated. His tone used to be deceptively light, edged with authority, and that i knew that even supposing the Lomaxes have been very important humans locally of Cypress Bay, an excessive amount of had occurred long ago thirty-six hours for him to take advantage of the gentle technique; he was once now not approximately to face for any bullshit, it doesn't matter what the resource or reason. Lomax stated coolly, ignoring me, "Good morning, leader. Is there whatever i will be able to do for you?