By Bill Pronzini
The writer of Blue Lonesome, a brand new York occasions booklet overview impressive ebook, has created one other beautiful novel of suspense. Set in a small, remoted city in Northern California, A barren region of Strangers is a fast paced, memorable tale concerning the arrival of a stranger--and the homicide of an attractive, lonely lady.
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There were times, like today, like now, when I was sure she came to the bank two or three times a month not to talk over her accounts and investments but to devil me. Wanton temptress, tease, slut—she'd been called all of those things and she was all of those things ... "... " "No. " The mocking smile again. " "You know what else. Storm—" "I've got to run. " "Kent? " "Green's not a good color on you, George. " "Goddamn it—" "Don't curse at me. " "I'm sorry. " "I don't give pity fucks," she said.
Maybe the last couple of months—maybe my whole life. I was afraid it was gonna turn into total crap and I didn't know what to do to keep that from happening. Talk to Anthony, sure. Pretty soon I'd have to. And he'd probably go ballistic, same as Daddy would when he found out. All Anthony cared about was cars, fast cars, and going down to Sears Point to watch the Formula One races and getting high and getting into my pants whenever I'd let him. It was his fault as much as mine, but would that matter to him?
Recently. " "I don't know. Only big city I've ever been in is San Francisco. " He shrugged. " "Well," I said. Then I said, "This is the best place on the lake to eat, no kidding. " Darlene came over as I was pouring coffee to take to the couple in booth nine. She tucked up a piece of her red hair and said, "That's some hunk over there. " "Yeah? " "You know what I mean, Lori. " "Makeup doesn't quite hide it. " "Earle's got a temper. " "He's getting better. " "He is. " She said, "It's your life," and went back into the kitchen.