By Lawrence Block
Intercourse, medicines, AND homicide within the LAND OF THE LOTUS EATERS
Anita Carbone was once a superb woman – and it bored her.
That’s why she took the lengthy subway trip all the way down to Greenwich Village, domestic of the Beats and the stoners, domestic to each type of misfit and dropout and unfastened spirit you'll think. It was once the place she met Joe Milani, the bothered younger struggle veteran with the mild contact. however it used to be additionally the place she met his drug-dealing roommate – a guy whose unnatural appetites ended in murder…
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Shortly thereafter, Mr. and Mrs. Galton, son Leon in tow, had pulled up stakes to settle in Los Angeles. But Leon—Shank—had developed an instant and abiding dislike for the fat and ruddy Bradley Galton. Shank had tried to compensate for his deepening hatred toward his stepfather by intensifying what he had at first felt to be love for his mother; but Shank’s love evidently could not have run too deep, because the fact that his mother had married Bradley had been enough to mock the boy’s desire to feel more affectionate toward her, and the more he had thought about that, the less delight had he felt in her presence.
In a straight sense, without the realization of marijuana or the stimulation of benzedrine or the sogginess of alcohol or the diffusion of mescalin to eliminate moodiness, he either hated Joe Milani or loathed the world so unnecessarily cruel to him. You had always been a good enough kid, Joe would tell himself on occasion. Your folks had loved you and you had loved your folks and Rochester hadn’t been a bad place to live in. You had run around with a decent bunch of kids and you had done okay in high school and had never gotten into any trouble.
And Joe Milani listened to both voices, listened to them with both ears, and decided that both voices were entirely correct. So why see her again, he asked himself. And why make a pass at her when the result had to be one of two things—either she would throw the pass right back in your face, or the pair of you would wind up in bed. Both eventualities, in the final analysis, would be equally unpleasant. Damn, it was wrong! Joe cursed silently. You were supposed to go to high school and then college, the army cutting in before or after.
A Diet of Treacle by Lawrence Block