By Lawrence Block
Keller is your uncomplicated city Lonely Guy.He makes a good salary, lives in a pleasant apartment.Works the crossword puzzle. Watches a bit television. until eventually the telephone jewelry and he packs a suitcase, will get on a airplane, flies midway around the country...and kills a person. It's a dwelling. yet is it a lifestyles? Keller's uncertain. He is going to a slash, however it doesn't figure out the way in which he deliberate. He will get a puppy, he will get a female friend. He will get alongside.
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Nobody’s as bad as he is,’’ Dot said. ’’ ‘‘Well, stick around for the funeral,’’ she suggested. ’’ ‘‘You’re a big help,’’ Keller said. There was only one Crowder listed in the Martingale phone book. Lyman Crowder, with a telephone number but no address. About a third of the book’s listings were like that. Keller wondered why. Did these people assume everybody knew where they lived in 28 L A W R E N C E B L O C K a town this size? Or were they saddle tramps with cellular phones and no fixed abode?
If he’d wanted to know Edith’s exact reasoning he’d have had to ask her, and that had struck him as a waste of time. More 48 L A W R E N C E B L O C K to the point, the last thing he’d wanted was a chance to get to know her. That just screwed everything up, when you got to know these people. If you were going to ride a thousand miles to kill a man you’d never met, you were really well advised to be the tight-lipped stranger every step of the way. No point in talking to anybody, not the target, not the client, and not anybody else, either.
How long before news of her death found its way to White Plains? The more he thought about it, the longer it seemed likely to take. If there were, as sometimes happened, a whole string of intermediaries involved, the message might very well never get to Garcia. Maybe the simplest thing was to kill Crowder and be done with it. No, he thought. He’d just made a side trip of, yes, more than a thousand miles—and at his own expense, yet—solely to keep from having to kill this legendary Man He Never Met.
Hit Man by Lawrence Block