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By Lawrence Block

ISBN-10: 145320850X

ISBN-13: 9781453208502

Intercourse, medicines, AND homicide within the LAND OF THE LOTUS EATERS

Anita Carbone used to be a great lady – 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'll think. It used to be the place she met Joe Milani, the stricken younger warfare veteran with the mild contact. however it was once additionally the place she met his drug-dealing roommate – a guy whose unnatural appetites ended in murder…

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She neither drew away nor flinched. He examined her again. He decided her body was exceptionally good, decidedly not a trial to behold, a little on the slender side but starring breasts firm and well-shaped. Joe considered he had her practically hypnotized. He said a silent prayer of thanks to the pot, flashed her a smile showing his white teeth, and pressed her fingers gently. “Anita,” he said, “The Palermo is a pleasant place, but it’s too hot and too stuffy and too limited. ” “Split,” he said.

They were lost people, bored people, tired people, angry young people, zen people, beat people. They were tagged with more labels than you could shake a stick of pot at, but the people themselves scorned the labels and spent little time worrying about them. Shank himself shrugged at labels. He knew there were two classes of people in the world—the ones he liked and the ones he didn’t. The ones he didn’t could go in a body to hell, as far as he was concerned. The ones he liked were going to hell, too, but he happened to be going on the same boat they were—and that made the difference.

He drew smoke into his lungs, thinking it would be much more satisfying to draw another kind of smoke into his lungs, and wondering how long it would be before he started playing interesting games with a needle. Not that pot led you to the hard stuff, it didn’t. It was just that eventually you yourself would wind up trying the hard stuff even if most pot smokers never did. You, Joe Milani, would, because it was there for you and it was a new kick and there were not nearly enough kicks in the world.

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