By Ed McBain
It’s a chilly November whilst James Harris takes his puppy, Stanley, for his or her traditional rounds of panhandling. Blind due to the fact that Vietnam and married to a blind girl besides, James realizes his incapacity pension and her part-time task move merely to date. the money he makes at the streets is desperately needed—yet it’s nonetheless now not adequate. yet after this day it won’t matter…When Detective Steve Carella unearths James’ spouse murdered besides, her throat slit like her husband’s, it really is not a random crime. And whilst one other blind girl turns up lifeless, all Carella has to move on is the nightmare James instructed a psychiatrist after coming domestic from the warfare ten years in the past. What he reveals is a labyrinthine path of betrayal, intercourse, and a mystery worthy killing to maintain buried.
An intricately woven and perfectly layered mystery, Long Time No See is a reside cord within the 87th Precinct sequence by way of Ed McBain, the bestselling writer that folks journal describes as “a skillful author who excels at velocity, plot, and, specifically, the complicated clockwork of a cop’s mind.”
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They weren’t going to permit cross of this. They have been going to take a seat the following and speak her blue within the face until they discovered out why she was once mendacity. “Would you are saying you have been pleasant with him? ” Meyer requested. “Jimmy? Oh sure. yet i used to be Lloyd’s female friend, you realize. ” “Yes, we take into account that. ” “So I basically knew the opposite boys casually, you notice. ” “Mm,” Meyer acknowledged. “The means your wife—are you married? ” “Yes. ” “And you? ” “Yes,” Carella acknowledged. “Well, the best way your better halves might comprehend different detectives chances are you'll paintings with, just like that. ” “That’s how you knew Jimmy Harris. ” “Yes. ” “You considered your self as Lloyd’s spouse, is that it? ” “Well, no now not his wife,” she acknowledged, and laughed. The chortle used to be phony; it had not one of the real resonance of her previous laughter. She used to be nonetheless mendacity, there has been nonetheless whatever she used to be hiding. “But we did have an figuring out with one another. We have been going with one another, you spot. ” “What does that suggest? ” Carella requested. “No different women in Lloyd’s life…” “That’s correct. ” “And no different boys in yours? ” “Exactly. ” “It turns out unusual, although, that Jimmy may get a hold of this tale concerning the boys’ having raped you. ” “It definitely does,” Roxanne stated, and laughed back. This time the giggle ended virtually ahead of it escaped her throat. “Did he ever…? ” Carella stated, and reduce himself brief. “No, fail to remember it. ” “What have been you approximately to claim? ” Meyer stated, taking part in the immediately guy. “I simply wondered…Mrs. Hardy, Jimmy by no means made a go at you, did he? ” “No,” she stated. “No, by no means. ” one other lie. Her eyes wouldn't even meet his now. “Never, huh? ” “No. ” “Are you certain? ” “Yes, after all I’m convinced. i used to be Lloyd’s female friend, you recognize. ” “Yes, I keep in mind that. ” “I was once devoted to Lloyd. ” “Yes. yet that doesn’t inevitably suggest Jimmy was once trustworthy to him. Do you spot what I suggest, Mrs. Hardy? If Jimmy ever approached you—” “No, he didn’t. ” “—sexually, then might be that may account for what he instructed his health care provider. ” “Why is that this very important to you? ” she requested without warning. “Because Jimmy Harris is lifeless, and we don’t comprehend who killed him,” Carella stated. She was once silent for a number of moments. Then she acknowledged, “I’m sorry to listen to that. ” “Mrs. Hardy…If something ever occurred among you and Jimmy, or among you and any of the opposite boys at the Hawks, something that may have brought on somebody to begin contemplating revenge or retribution—” “No,” she stated, and shook her head. “Nothing occurred. ” “Something did happen,” she stated. “But not anyone knew. in basic terms Jimmy knew. And me. ” “Could you let us know what it used to be, please? ” “It won’t assist you. nobody knew. ” She checked out them for a very long time, now not announcing whatever, debating silently even if she wanted to bare no matter what mystery she had carried for the earlier twelve years. She nodded then, and acknowledged in a voice virtually a whisper, “It was once raining. It used to be very chilly open air, it appeared as though it's going to be snowing…” Her voice, as she spoke, appeared to develop into an increasing number of Jamaican, as if the nearer she got here to the reminiscence of that day twelve years in the past, the extra she turned the seventeen-year-old woman she then used to be.