By Bill Pronzini
The writer of Blue Lonesome, a brand new York instances e-book evaluate remarkable booklet, has created one other wonderful novel of suspense. Set in a small, remoted city in Northern California, A wilderness of Strangers is a fast moving, memorable tale in regards to the arrival of a stranger--and the homicide of a pretty, lonely lady.
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Big and fearsome, with huge hands and a mouth full of sharp teeth. Bogey was the right word for the likes of him, all right. Ken was also staring at him. He said, "Can I. . " Voice to match his size, deep and rumbly, like thunder before a storm. And the way he said "lady" made it sound like a dirty word. "Already finished," Ken told him. "Battery for an Eveready utility lantern. " I watched him walk into the aisle; I couldn't seem to take my eyes off him. Treynor's Hardware is in an old building, and he walked hard enough to make the wood floor shake.
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.
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. "Naturally friendly. I like men and I guess I can't help flirting, but that's as far as it goes. " He stared at me like he was trying to see inside my skin.