By Ross MacDonald
He was once a son who hadn’t recognized his father very well. It used to be a city shaken by means of a grisly murder—his father’s murder. Johnny Weatherly was once domestic from a warfare and wandering. while he figured out that his father have been assassinated on a highway nook and that his father’s seductive younger spouse had inherited a fortune, he all started knocking on doors. The doorways got here open, and Johnny stepped right into a international of gamblers, whores, drug-dealers, and blackmailers, a spot during which his father had as soon as moved freely. Now Johnny Weatherly used to be going to unravel this murder—by pitting his rage, his braveness, and his misplaced illusions opposed to the brutal underworld that has overtaken his place of origin.
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He scowled at the broken shovel. "Just you shut up. I destroyed this thing by beating it against the fire hydrant outside my house. I am mad because my car is stuck in the snow and I can't get it out. I've tried everything. I've dug, I've rocked the car, I've... oh, drat! Just drat! " "Sure," said Grampa, chuckling. "Anything to keep you from standin' there in the doorway and lettin' the cold air in. Come on out to the dinin' room and I'll getcha a cuppa coffee. Then, when you're all thawed out, we'll go get your dad-blasted car outa the dad-blasted snowbank.
This is funny, it really is! See—right there. " Johnny looked. There was printing on the faded brown label, old-fashioned Victorian ornamental printing. It said: SOUVENIR OF CAIRO, ILLINOIS CHAPTER FOUR Johnny felt crushed. He felt cheated and humiliated and angry. He had been so sure, so absolutely sure, that he had found a genuine bona fide Egyptian magic amulet. And now, to find out that the thing was a souvenir! A crummy, cheap, stupid souvenir! Johnny had souvenirs in his room. One was a small birchbark canoe that he had gotten when he visited Glen Ellis Falls in New Hampshire with his parents.
How about it? " Johnny nodded and grinned. He loved to play chess, but right now he didn't have a partner. Grampa's game was checkers, and sometimes Johnny got very bored with it. And he was nuts about chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. So it was decided: Johnny would come back after dinner and have dessert. But before he went, he had one more question. " he said, pointing to the book and the two objects that lay inside it. " The professor thought a bit. He drummed his fingers on the desk top, and he puffed at his black and gold cigarette.
Blue City by Ross MacDonald