By Lawrence Block
An old brotherhood meets every year within the again room of a swank ny restuarant, a fraternity created in mystery to have fun existence via celebrating its lifeless. however the earlier 3 many years haven't been style to the membership of 31. Matthew Scudder -- ex-cop, ex-boozer -- has identified demise 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 team of gents. yet Scudder has mortality difficulties of his personal, for his is a urban that feeds mercilessly at the unsuspecting -- or even the strong and people who serve them are effortless prey. There are too many secrets and techniques the following, and too many areas for a maddeningly sufferer serial killer to hide...and wait...and strike.
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My guess is you’d have national media coverage within twenty-four hours and a police task force assigned inside of forty-eight. ’’ A LONG LINE OF DEAD MEN 31 ‘‘Well, if you hired me you’d get a much lower proﬁle. I don’t even have a PI license, let alone inﬂuence in high places. Any investigation I might mount would have to proceed at a relatively slow pace, and I don’t know how much of a factor time might turn out to be. ’’ ‘‘Really? That’s a surprise. I would have thought . . ’’ He gave a long slow nod.
But what’s interesting is that there’s no real way to disprove it. If Homer had any written records of the previous chapter, I’m sure he destroyed them after our ﬁrst meeting. If any of his chapter brothers left anything on paper, I suppose what their heirs didn’t throw out is moldering in some attic somewhere. ’’ ‘‘No,’’ he said. ‘‘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.
I ran the numbers for him and asked him what percentage of deaths you’d expect over that span of time in a group like that. He said he’d make a couple of calls and get back to me. Take a guess, Matt. ’’ ‘‘I don’t know. ’’ ‘‘Four or ﬁve. There ought to be twenty-ﬁve of us left and instead we’re down to fourteen. ’’ ‘‘I’m not sure,’’ I said, ‘‘but it certainly gets my attention. ’’ ‘‘That’s just what I did. ’’ He nodded. ‘‘That was my question, and he had to call somebody to ﬁnd out. The answer that came back to me was that sixteen deaths out of thirty was remarkable, but it wasn’t signiﬁcant.
A Long Line of Dead Men (A Matthew Scudder Mystery) by Lawrence Block