New category (favorite reads; book excerpts)

I decided to create a new category, and share excerpts from books I am reading. I will start this new category with an excerpt from The Deep Blue Good-By, by John D. MacDonald:

I phoned the only listing for a Howard Wicker from a chilly saloon. A very small child answered and said, “Hello.” No matter what I said, it kept saying hello, and I began to feel like Shelley Berman. Then the child gave a sudden howl of anguish and a woman with a tense exasperated voice came on the line.

Hack was out in the yard. Hold the line. The child came back on and started giving me the hello again. Tearfully.

“Yes?” Wicker said.

–The Deep Blue Good-By


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