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By Dennis Lehane

Besides thoroughly unique fabric, this new assortment is a compilation of the simplest of Dennis Lehane's formerly released brief fiction, together with "Until Gwen," which used to be tailored for the level in 2005 and looks during this booklet because the play Coronado. by way of turns suspenseful, surreal, romantic, and tragically comedian, those strong stories trip headlong into the center of our nationwide myths—and exhibit that the reality looking ahead to us there isn't what we might count on.

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We don’t respect that kind of behavior ’round here, Mr. Lut,” Clara Blade said. ” Chuck Blade helped Jewel to her feet, his eyes cast down at his broken plates, the half a steak lying in a soup of beans by his shoe. Jewel had a welt growing on her right cheek, turning a bright red as she placed her hand on the table for support. “I didn’t mean it,” Perkin said. Clara Blade snorted and pulled the pen from behind her ear, began itemizing the damage on a cocktail napkin. ” Perkin noticed Elgin and Shelley.

I know. ” She fingered the coffee cup again. “I miss you,” she said softly. “I miss you. ” Elgin kept his voice low. ” She gave him a small smile that he instantly hated. It seemed to know him; it seemed like everything he was and everything he wasn’t was caught in the curl of her lips. “You miss the lake, Elgin. ” He shrugged. ” “Yeah? ” “Because you got too many demons in you, boy. And they need me. They need the lake. ” Elgin looked down at his own coffee cup. ” She shook her head hard. “No way.

Shelley dissolved into Jewel as the VC platoon reached the porch steps and released their safeties all at once, the sound like the ratcheting of a thousand shotguns. Sweat exploded in Elgin’s hair, poured down his body like warm rain, and the VC fired in concert, the bullets shearing the walls of the cabin, lifting the roof off into the night. Elgin looked above him at the naked night sky, the stars zipping by like tracers, the yellow moon full and mean, the shivering branches of birch trees. Jewel rose and straddled him, bit his lip, and dug her nails into his back, and the bullets danced through his hair, and then Jewel was gone, her writhing flesh having dissolved into his own.

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