Me: "Do you have The Hunter?
"Darwyn Cooke, graphic-novel version of Richard Stark's novel?
The help: "Our computer is slow."
I circle the shop, browsing.
The help: "Who's in it?"
Me (nonplussed): "Who– Why would you ask who's in a novel? It's a novel, by Richard Stark – Donald Westlake – adapted and drawn by Darwyn Cooke.
I circle the shop again and come back around to the help and the store's computer.
"Not getting anything?" (On a previous visit to the store, another employee had called up information on the book and given me an approximate delivery date.)
The help: "I'm getting too many titles."
Me: "Why are you looking for a book on IMDb?"
The help: "Oh, it's not a movie?"
© Peter Rozovsky 2009