By James Wilcox

"It is 22 cats that force the dazzlingly good-looking Eric Thorsen to distraction and into the apartment—if no longer instantly the arms—of Wanda Skopinski, the relatively mousy girl he meets at church while she thrusts a lesbian romance novel upon him. The stench from downstairs drives him from either his rent-controlled residence and his complacency as a not-quite-successful piano instructor. In his 6th novel, James Wilcox strikes past the fashionable South he has etched so vividly and amusingly long ago to tackle ny. yet one way or the other he manages to convey the town right down to size...The publication is full of as eccentric an array of characters and as a lot mild kinkiness as any small-town chronicle...A successful and constantly wonderful story." —Vogue

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Then he had his lunch brought up to his cabin. As for looking over the town, he never even gave it a thought, since he belonged to that race of Englishmen who see the countries they cross only through the eyes of their servants. around the world in 80 days / 31 8. In which Passepartout says a bit more than maybe he ought to I n a few seconds Fix had rejoined Passepartout on the pier, where he was sauntering along like a tourist, not feeling that he, at least, had to refrain from looking things over.

I’ve got my man. ” “We’ll see about that,” Fix replied. ” the consul asked yet again. ” the detective responded. “I haven’t the faintest idea, Mr. ” And in a few words, he reported the highlights of his conversation with the suspect Fogg’s manservant. “In essence,” the consul said, “appearances are dead against this man. ” Coolly uttering these words, the investigator took his leave of the consul and proceeded to the telegraph office. There he fired off to Scotland Yard’s police commissioner the wire you’re acquainted with.

Finished with the formality of the visa stamp, Phileas Fogg went back on board to resume his interrupted card game. With regard to Passepartout, as usual he was out sauntering around, mixing with that populace of Somalis, Banyans, Parsis, Jews, Arabs, and Europeans who constitute the 25,000 occupants of Aden. He marveled at the fortifications that make this town the Gibraltar of the Indian Ocean, as well as the magnificent water tanks that English engineers were working on again, 2,000 years after the engineers under King Solomon.

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