By Robert B. Parker
Spenser's female friend Susan runs away with one other guy, Jerry Costigan, the son of a really wealthy and unsafe felony. Spenser and his buddy Hawk move looking for Susan, yet are quickly stuck up on the earth of the CIA, weapons and homicide.
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The building was L-shaped. On one side a narrow lane led down to a park that must have been a wood a hundred years ago, while on the other side a now well-to-do but discreet residential thoroughfare was called, appropriately enough, England Street. The house virtually turned its back the street, however, for although the Julia Kristeva main entrance was on that side, an imposing hall with a floor o f black and white tiles formed a kind o f barricade against undue curiosity from without. A small lawn acted as a foil to a brick facade of such elegant proportions that it could be appreciated only by connoisseurs.
For Santa Varvara’s chief detective was a master of all specialities, especially those of other people. However, he seldom succeeded in his own, which was supposed to consist in finding the guilty party. Rilsky evidently fancied himself in the clothes he was wearing, cho sen as if for a visit to the theater. His perfectly cut suit, a la Cary Grant, was of dark gray alpaca with a lighter stripe and obviously just back from the cleaner. Out o f his many shirts, ranging cautiously from white to pastel shades, he ’d selected for today, the seventeenth of October, the pale pink one.
I read that somewhere. But there’s nothing to stop an individual indulging in a little attack slightly more often than that, to avoid getting too bored. Just like Brian. You start by not dar ing to kill yourself, or to suffer, or to desire. And in the end all action becomes impossible. You go on living just out o f fear. Until the explosion occurs, and an attack o f some kind causes you pain, the real undeniable pain that can impart a bit of intelligence even to an idiot. A fierce, destructive, unostentatious intelligence.
A Catskill Eagle (Spenser, Book 12) by Robert B. Parker