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Hit List

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May 21, 2019

The card’s face displayed a family photograph, a man, a woman, two children and a dog. The humans were all smiling, and looked as though they’d been smiling for days, waiting for someone to figure out how to work the camera. The dog, a golden retriever, wasn’t smiling, but he looked happy enough.” Season’s Greetings. ...” it said below the photo.
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“Powhatan? What’s that, an Indian name? ” “Pocahontas’s father.” “Unusual name for a dog.” “It’s a fairly unusual name for a human being,” Keller said.
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You couldn’t go around killing people if you were going to agonize over the potential traumatic effect on whoever discovered the body.

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May 21, 2019

Keller didn’t spend much time thinking about guns. When he had to use one, he chose whatever was at hand. Why make it complicated? It was like photography. You could learn all about f-stops and shutter speeds, or you could pick up a Japanese camera and just point and shoot.
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It called itself a family restaurant, which was a term Keller had never entirely understood. It seemed to embody low prices, Middle American food, and a casual atmosphere, but where did family come into the picture? There were no families there this afternoon, just single diners.
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The old man was gone now — his mind had gone first, little by little, and then his body went all at once — but things went on essentially unchanged. Dot took the phone calls, set the fees, made the arrangements, and disbursed the money. Keller went out there, checked out the territory, closed the sale, and came home.

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May 21, 2019

It was a great comfort, having a gun. Took your mind off your troubles. You spent all your time trying to figure out where to keep it.
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“I don’t think I’ve ever been in Louisville before.” “Well, make the most of it. Take the elevator up to the top of the Empire State Building, catch a Broadway show. Ride the cable cars, take a boat ride on the Seine. Do all the usual tourist things. Because who knows when you’ll get back there again.”
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It was, he noted, a two-and-a-half-car garage. Which was handy, he thought, if you happened to have two and a half cars.
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They gave you a free continental breakfast at the motel — a cup of coffee and a doughnut, and he wasn’t sure what continent they had in mind —

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May 21, 2019

“No depth. Everything on the surface.” “Like a thin skin of ice on a pond in winter,” he said.” Or the scum that forms on the top of a mug of hot chocolate,” she said.
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“Portugal and colonies.” “Angra and Angola,” Schaffner intoned.” Kionga. Madeira, Funchal. Horta, Lourenço Marques. Tete and Timor. Macao and Quelimane.”
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Whenever he found a stamp that was missing from his collection he noted the centering, examined the gum on the reverse, held it to the light to check for thins. He deliberated as intensely over a thirty-five-cent stamp as over one priced at thirty-five dollars. Should he buy this used specimen or wait for a more costly mint one? Should he buy this complete set, even though he already had the two low values? He didn’t have this stamp, but it was a minor variety, and his album didn’t have a place for it. Should he buy it anyway?

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May 21, 2019

“I think they’re having a party,” Keller said.” Or butchering a steer, or something.” “Butchering a steer?” “Probably not that,” Keller allowed, “But the point is they’re being noisy about it, whatever it is they’re doing. I mean really noisy.”
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“Let’s hear it. How’d you do it? ” “When he got out of the car,” he said, “I got him in a choke hold.” “It’s good you’re not a cop, Keller. These days that comes under the heading of police brutality.”
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The man didn’t seem to be writing about art at all, but about philosophical determinism and the evanescence of imagery and casuistry as a transcendent phenomenon. Words Keller recognized, every one of them, but what were they doing all jumbled together like that?
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Maybe you wore black to an art gallery for the same reason you turned off your pager at a concert, so as to avoid distracting others from what had brought them there.

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May 21, 2019

“They always say that, don’t they? ‘ How are you today? ’ Right away you know it’s somebody trying to sell you something you don’t want.” “I guess they figure it’s an icebreaker,” she said.” They ask you a question and you answer it, they’re halfway home.”
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“Now I make jewelry.” “I was noticing your earrings.” “These? They’re my work. I only wear my own pieces, because that way I get to be a walking showcase. Unless I’m sitting down, in which case I’m a sitting showcase.”
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“How come you stopped painting?” “I stopped being twenty-nine.” “I didn’t know there was an age limit.” “I spent my twenties painting moody abstract oils and sleeping with strangers,” she said.” I figure my twenties lasted until my thirty-fourth birthday, when I got out of some guy’s bed, threw up in his bathroom, and tried to get out of there without looking at him or the mirror. It struck me that I was older than Jesus Christ, and it was time to quit being twenty-nine and grow up.

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May 21, 2019

Listen, I’ve got a tip for you. Don’t ever tell an artist his work is interesting.” “I won’t.” “Or different. ‘ Did you like the movie? ’ ‘It was different. ’ What the hell does that mean? Different from what? ”
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I don’t drink myself stupid, and I don’t hurt my ears listening to loud music. ..” “Or go to bed with strangers?” “It depends,” she said.” How strange are you? ”
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The poster showed one of the artist’s most recognizable works, solitary diners at a café counter, and its mood was unutterably lonely. Keller found it cheering. Its message for him was that he was not alone in his solitude, that the city ( and by extension the world ) was full of lonely guys, sitting on stools in some sad café, drinking their cups of coffee and getting through the days and nights .

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May 21, 2019

“Well, I’m a sort of consultant-slash-troubleshooter. And a couple of jobs a year is all I get, so it’s not that far from being completely retired.”
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By the time he’d walked in and out of three galleries he was entirely at ease. It was like going to a museum, he realized. It was exactly like going to a museum, except for two things. You didn’t have to pay to get in, and there were no groups of restless children, with their teachers desperate to explain things to them.
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His notes remained as steadfastly perfunctory as hers. She sent him stamps, he sent her checks. Why mess with something that worked?
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In recent years, artists seeking low-cost loft space had been moving in. (“There goes the neighborhood” went the cry — in Spanish and Yiddish, Polish and Italian.)

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May 21, 2019

A block away he found a little Polish restaurant where he had a bowl of borscht and a big plate of pierogis, drank the large glass of grape Kool-Aid they brought without his asking, and, after a generous tip, still had change left from a ten-dollar bill. Dinner out here was quite a bargain, even when you counted the subway fare.
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“What I always do,” she said, “is pick up a banana smoothie on the way to the shrink’s, with added wheat germ and protein powder and spirulina, whatever that is, and I sip it while we talk. It’s the perfect time to be nourished, you know?
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We can talk about things, but not about ourselves. Nothing ruins everything like getting to know each other.”
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Unlike animation art from Disney or Warner Brothers, the works of Rembrandt and Rubens were unprotected by trademark or copyright. Anyone could copy them, and many did.

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May 21, 2019

“You know what they say, Keller. You stick to your stamps and your stamps will stick to you.”
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If you wanted to hang something on the wall, you couldn’t beat a poster. Ten or twenty bucks plus framing and you had a real piece of art in your living room. On the other hand, how many posters could you hang before you ran out of wall space? No, if you were going to collect art in a small apartment, stamps were the way to go. One album, a few inches of shelf space, and you could put together a tiny Louvre all your own.
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Do you know what happens when an artist dies? ” “They give him an enema,” she said, “and bury him in a matchbox.” “His price goes up. They know he’s not going to flood the market with new pictures, and that he doesn’t have his best work ahead of him. So there’s a scramble for what he managed to complete before his death.” “So every artist is worth more dead than alive?”

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May 21, 2019

“Astrology? Well, it’s like gravity, isn’t it? ” “It keeps things from flying off in space?” “It works whether I believe in it or not,” she said.” So I might as well. Besides, I believe in everything.” “Like Santa Claus?” “And the Tooth Fairy. No, all the occult stuff, like tarot and numerology and palmistry and phrenology and — ““What’s that?” “Head bumps,” she said, and capped his skull with her hand.
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“Like eating brown rice?” “No, that’s whole foods. Holism is like with holograms, the principle’s that any cell in the body represents the entire life in microcosm. That’s why I can rub your feet and make your headache go away.”
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A palmist had told her friend it was a murderer’s thumb, and the two of them had looked it up in a book on the subject. And there it was, pictured life size and in color, the Murderer’s Thumb, and it was just like her friend Jacqui’s thumb, and, now, just like Keller’s.

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May 21, 2019

“He was about my height, not young, but not old, either. Not fat, not thin. Nothing terribly memorable about him.” “You could be describing yourself, Keller.” “Well, it wasn’t me.”
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“Go take a shower,” Thurnauer said.” I don’t want to take a shower.” “You’ll cool off and feel better.” “You mean I’ll cool off and you’ll feel better. Anyway, you just took a shower and you came out grumpy as a bear with a sore foot. The hell with taking a shower.”
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They found blood traces on it, too.” “I thought you wiped it.” “I wiped it, I didn’t run it through a car wash. They found traces. Probably not enough for a DNA match, but they can type it, and it’ll be the same type as Thurnauer’s.”
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Bang bang or pop pop, because dead men tell no tales.”
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They think he arranged it, although he doesn’t seem like the kind of a guy who could arrange a three-car funeral.

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May 21, 2019

Two in the head with a twenty-two? That’s not the gunfight at the OK Corral. That’s a pro signing his work.”
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If you kill off the other people in your line of work, there’s going to be more work coming your way. Either you’ll increase your volume or boost your price, but one way or another you’ll be putting more dollars in your pocket.”
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You want to be the Microsoft of murder and wipe out the competition. How would you go about it? ”
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“The customer,” she said, “is always right. Remember? Especially when he pays up,
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Keller supposed it was a little like having a heart condition. You worried about it at first, and then you stopped worrying. You took sensible precautions, you didn’t take the stairs two at a time, you paid a kid to shovel out your driveway in the winter, but you didn’t think about it all the time. You got used to it.

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May 21, 2019

Have some lunch, see the sights. You’re where, Orange County? Go look at some Republicans.”
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There were, she explained, the usual conflicts that develop in a neighborhood in transition, with one faction desperate to pin landmark status on every gas station and hot dog stand, and the other every bit as eager to tear down everything and build condos and theme restaurants.
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Jury duty isn’t a lifetime commitment. How long can it take? ” “That’s what the lady in L.A. said, when they picked her for the O. J. jury.”
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The heroine, a special operative from the Centers for Disease Control, was beautiful, of course, but she was also resourceful and decisive and tough-minded. She kept doing stupid things, though, and you wanted to take her by the shoulders and give her a good shaking.

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May 21, 2019

It was a shipboard romance, and you have to know it’s over the minute the boat docks.
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The hero was grieving manfully, and bringing up their kids, all while investigating cases for some secret arm of the Treasury Department. He helped the old lady next door with yardwork, and he coached his kids with their homework, and every woman he met yearned to sleep with him or mother him, or both. Everyone was crazy about him, everyone except the heroine.
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You can make sure you don’t get impaneled. When they ask you how you feel about the death penalty, you tell ’ em you’re unequivocally opposed to it, that as far as you’re concerned it’s just a form of judicial murder. The DA’ll kick you out so fast you’ll have boot marks on your behind.”
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“You’ll see some woman, her baby gets eaten by a coyote, and some reporter sticks a microphone in her face and asks her how she feels.”

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May 21, 2019

The defendant, because there he was sitting with his lawyers, a middle-aged white guy with an OTB face and a bad rug named Huberman.” “His rug’s got a name?” “What is this, English class? You know what I meant. His name is Huberman.” “I know what a rug is,” she said, “whether it’s got a name or not, and I never saw a good one. But what’s an OTB face? Off the books? On the button? ” “Off-track betting,” he said.” There’s a look horseplayers get.” “A kind of a woulda-coulda-shoulda look.”
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“Being married is like being on a jury,” she said.” You’re not supposed to talk about it with others.
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“ If they searched the man’s house, ” he said by way of example, “ and if they found a roomful of stolen goods, and if the search was ruled illegal, then everything they found and everything it led to is the fruit of the poisoned tree, and woe unto him who eats of it. Meaning it’s inadmissible as evidence.”

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May 21, 2019

“I picked you out the first day, but just because I had the feeling you’d be interesting to talk to. Then at lunch I was like, he’s a nice man. And in a day or two it got to be, he’s a very attractive man. By the time the trial started I was having fantasies.”
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“I’m from Missouri,” Keller said.” You are? I thought. .. Oh, it’s an expression, isn’t it? ”
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Someone else helped us out and did the dirty deed, and we get the credit.”
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It’s all karma? Written in the stars? Whatever seemingly random choices we make, they’re all in tune with the purposeful design of the Universe? ”
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“I’ve even heard of women hit men, except I suppose the term would be hit women, but I don’t like the way that sounds. Female hit persons? ”
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You were going to say it’s unethical for her to talk about her clients, weren’t you? That occurred to me, but what people are supposed to do and what they do aren’t always the same thing, or we’d both be in some other business.

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May 21, 2019

I didn’t want to wait too long, because loose lips sink ships, and who knows how long it would be before the fat lady sang to the wrong person?
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“He’s either Roger or he’s not.” “That’s true of everybody, Keller.”
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Maybe he’s Mr. Goodbar, maybe she picked him up and he’s a homicidal drifter and he’s gonna kill her.
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As far as Keller could make out, there was only one way to play this.
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Of course you were ashamed of yourself. A person can’t be ashamed of somebody else. Ashamed of yourself for what? ”
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“SoHo is south of Houston,” he explained.” That’s where the name comes from. Where she lived is a couple blocks north of Houston, so they call it NoHo.”
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She went on talking, going over it, and he let the words wash over him without taking in everything she was saying.
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“You did the absolute right thing,” she said, “for the wrong reason. That’s a whole lot better than the other way around.”


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