By Lawrence Block
Trapped in a room with a lifeless physique and no reminiscence, an ex-con needs to get out of city sooner than he turns into the subsequent sufferer Alex awakes, an ex-con drowsing off a inebriated in a fleabag instances sq. lodge, with an evil hangover that he forgets once he notices the blood at the floor—and the corpse that it got here from. It's a lady, a whore, and Alex assumes he's answerable for her kingdom even if he doesn't keep in mind assembly her, less killing her. That doesn't topic now. He's quite a few months out of legal, and he doesn't plan on a go back journey. He must lay low, and both discover what occurred or pass to this point away that he can have enough money to by no means give it some thought back. yet first, he must get out of this inn room. This publication beneficial properties an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, together with infrequent images and never-before-seen files from his own assortment, and a brand new afterword written by means of the writer.
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