A Wasteland of Strangers by Bill Pronzini

By Bill Pronzini

The writer of Blue Lonesome, a brand new York occasions ebook assessment impressive ebook, has created one other wonderful novel of suspense. Set in a small, remoted city in Northern California, A desert of Strangers is a fast moving, memorable tale concerning the arrival of a stranger--and the homicide of an attractive, lonely girl.

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He nodded. " I thought he wasn't going to tell me. " "Faith. " "No kidding? You don't look like somebody with a name like that. " "What do you do? " It wasn't going to be. "But you are," he said. His eyes were on the gold band on my left hand. " But right then I wished I weren't. " "Well, that puts you in the minority, John. " Some women, too. Like Storm Carey, for instance. " Lord, no. " "But I don't. See, I'm a friendly person," I said, because I didn't want him to keep thinking what he was thinking about me.

Lake's still full of bass. " ".. " That made me sore, but I didn't let on. I'm no fool. I said, "I was only making conversation. " "Well, there's the Northlake Cafe. Or you might want to try Gun-derson's, if you like lake bass or seafood. " "Well... Gunderson's, I guess. " "Northlake's on the north end, just off the highway. Can't miss it. There's a big sign—" "My key," he said. "Key? Oh, sure. I'll put you in number six. That's one of the lake-front cabins. " I handed him the key and he went out without saying anything else, and I don't mind admitting I was relieved to be rid of him.

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. "Jesus! " "Good night, George. " I was angry and bitter and frustrated after she left, the way I always seemed to be when I saw her. Wanting her and hating her at the same time. Hating Ramona, too. Hating myself most of all. Almost a year since that one night in Storm's bed, and it was as if it had happened twenty-four hours ago.

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