A Diet of Treacle by Lawrence Block

By Lawrence Block

Intercourse, medicinal drugs, AND homicide within the LAND OF THE LOTUS EATERS

Anita Carbone used to be an exceptional woman – and it bored her. 

That’s why she took the lengthy subway experience all the way down to Greenwich Village, domestic of the Beats and the stoners, domestic to each form of misfit and dropout and unfastened spirit you may think. It used to be the place she met Joe Milani, the stricken younger battle veteran with the light contact. however it used to be additionally the place she met his drug-dealing roommate – a guy whose unnatural appetites resulted in murder…

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He said. Shank nodded. ” The man hesitated. ” “Phil Carroway. ” Shank nodded again, remembering Phil Carroway. “He said—” “I never hold,” Shank said. ” Shank told him. ” Shank turned and studied the man out of the corner of his eye. Well-dressed, clean-shaven, eager as a sixteen-year-old at a whorehouse for the first time. A Madison Avenue type trying to be hip, looking for a kick and ready to pay for it. Square as they come, but his wallet was full and he would pay good money for a few joints.

Joe searched her face, hoping she wouldn’t turn toward him while he examined her. He tried to see through her, into her. She appeared to be out of place in The Palermo. Her simple attire of white blouse, dark green skirt and flats was appropriate enough for a Villager, but there was an aura about her that made Joe certain she didn’t live in the area. She was hardly more than a few tables away from him, sitting alone at the window, and doing nothing but looking pretty. But doing that quite well indeed.

Hell, you think I want it legal? I pull in close to a bill a week selling it, a hundred pennies per keeping squares high. If it’s legal they’ll sell it in the drugstores, man. ” Joe nodded, and Shank hauled himself to his feet. “Gotta go,” he announced. ” Joe leaned back on the bed and watched Shank go out the door and slam it behind him. The younger boy’s footsteps sounded on the stairway, then stopped. The front door banged. Joe stretched out on the bed, rested his head on the pillow and stared up at the ceiling whose cracked plaster had fallen away in jagged patches.

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