The Secret Vanguard (Sir John Appleby, Book 5) by Michael Innes

By Michael Innes

Winning minor poet, Philip Ploss, lives a calm lifestyles in excellent atmosphere, until eventually his existence is disappointed while he hears verses erroneously quoted as his personal. quickly later on, he's discovered useless within the library with a duplicate of Dante's Purgatory open earlier than him.

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Riley sparked a match. Luca studied Riley’s face and noticed how he had aged. Riley had always sported dark patches around his eyes, but now they were more noticeable, more ingrained, and they were accompanied by hollowness around the cheekbones, a stretched, almost mummified pallor. Riley was a man, thought Luca, who oozed decay. “You don’t look too happy, D’Andrea,” said Riley in his well-­heeled staccato. ” Riley grinned a yellow-­toothed grin, and Luca took a long drag on his cigarette. Riley was wearing a cream-­colored blazer and a straw boater with a red silk band wrapped around the crown.

During Luca’s trial, Riley’s newspaper had run a series of exposés on him, using editorials Riley had written to stoke up public outrage. The reporter smiled at him, reached into his pocket for a cigarette case of tarnished brass, and proffered the contents to Luca. Luca peered at the cigarettes and picked one out. Riley sparked a match. Luca studied Riley’s face and noticed how he had aged. Riley had always sported dark patches around his eyes, but now they were more noticeable, more ingrained, and they were accompanied by hollowness around the cheekbones, a stretched, almost mummified pallor.

She worked as a prostitute in the honky-­tonks across the river, rough places full of levee workers and longshoremen, and it was in one such place, the Brickhouse, that Lewis had met her the previous spring. Although Mayann was in no position to criticize a working girl on account of her job, both she and Ida couldn’t help but feel that Daisy was below Lewis, and worse yet, she made him miserable. Mayann had given her blessing begrudgingly, and a few months shy of Lewis’s eighteenth birthday, he and Daisy had married at city hall, less than five weeks after first meeting each other.

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