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A Girl Called Honey by Lawrence Block, Donald E. Westlake

By Lawrence Block, Donald E. Westlake

A prostitute and an AWOL air strength cadet fall in love and take a look at to construct a brand new lifestyles in long island City—but they are going to flip opposed to one another whilst one other guy enters the image It began innocently adequate. Disowned by means of her God-fearing mom and dad, Honour Mercy Bane takes up a brand new name—Honey—and a brand new career as a prostitute. After simply weeks' paintings she falls for Richie, a thin little virgin who's long past AWOL from air strength education and seeking out a spot to conceal. Honey takes him to big apple urban, the place a $20 trick attracts $200 and the city's energy avid gamers cross gaga for a Southern belle. It's now not lengthy ahead of one other john makes a decision he loves her, the 2 males who by no means minded Honey's paintings develop into opponents, and her friendly little lifestyles collapses in a storm of substances, violence, and murderous lust. This publication beneficial properties an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, together with infrequent photographs and never-before-seen records from his own assortment, and a brand new afterword written by means of the author.

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Scrabbles. She’s never done that before. ’ ‘Really’ Each of his words sounded clipped, bitten off. ‘Yah. ’ ‘Uh–huh. Well,’ he said, ‘you’re not really,’ he took another shuddering breath, ‘meant to bring horses’ – one more breath, wheezing – ‘into a kitchen garden,’ he told her. ’ ‘Sorry. ’ ‘I’m sorry? Oh, no. ’ She bit her lip again. All she’d been doing was taking a look round the old walled garden at the end of her ride round the estate and along the beach. She’d just got back from Spain and the first thing she’d wanted to do was take Scrabbles out for a hack.

Fielding thinks he sees his cousin nod. ‘So, some of us would like to at least give Spraint a proper fight. And you could help, Al. There are people – Jeez, my dad’s one – people who’d listen to you. Beryl? Great–Aunt Beryl? She’s always had a soft spot for you, hasn’t she? ’ ‘Yes. ’ Well, she sent me. This was her idea. ’ Alban looks at the other man. ’ ‘Yes,’ Fielding tells him. ’ ‘I keep telling you, that was different. That was about keeping the company going. ’ ‘Jesus, Al, you know what I mean.

Her gaze caught Alban’s, and they shared one of those rueful parents, eh? smiles. Back to Tango’s unlocked flat (these people live the US sitcom dream, where friends just wander into your apartment. Ha ha). From the living room, a voice Fielding doesn’t recognise is saying, ‘Whit are ye talkin’ aboot? ’ ‘No, but,’ Tango says, ‘what I’m sayin’ is, if ye’ve got a tattoo, ye canny take that off. So you’re never totally naked. ’ Ah see yer aff yer chump, that’s – Oh–aye, it’s Yakuza. ’ The new arrival proves to be a fat wee guy with hilariously long dark hair.

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