Monday, July 11, 2016

The Longue Goodbye and more photos from Noir at the Bar in New York

Rick Ollerman enjoys a
moment of nail-biting
suspense. Photos by
Peter Rozovsky for
Detectives Beyond
Borders.
Here are more photos from Sunday's Noir at the Bar in New York along with the other story I read there. I've included a face from earlier in the day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that would not have been out of place at the reading. (See if you can spot the interloper.)  See my other story and the first batch of photos on the previous post here at Detectives Beyond Borders.)
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The Longue Goodbye


Nick Kolakowski, Suzanne Solomon.
I pushed open the door to the pool deck and inhaled chlorine and death. Fen slumped in the chase lounge. He looked smaller and sicker than he had when I'd seen him three days before.

Hellenistic dramatic mask
Spit and blood caked around his broken mouth, and for a moment I thought he was dead. "Got anything to tell me, Fen?" I knelt by the chair.


Jeff Markowitz
His lips cracked when he tried to talk, and I knew Fen was more than halfway to where he was going. I leaned closer.

"It's chaise longue, not chase lounge, you illiterate fuck," he said. "It means long chair."


Jen Conley
He died happy.
— Peter Rozovsky


Albert Tucher, Jen Conley, Suzanne Solomon, Terrence McCauley
© Peter Rozovsky 2016

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22 Comments:

Blogger John McFetridge said...

From Eddie Dougherty #4, due in 2017:

Rozovsky was standing in a doorway taking pictures. He said, “Do you know what that is?”
Dougherty stepped up beside him and looked into the room, a smaller bedroom set-up as an office and said, “A desk?”
Rozovsky took another picture and said, “It’s a Hans Wegner. It’s Danish.”

June 29, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I bet a fictional John McFetridge knows more about Danish modern than the fictional Rozovsky dies. I like to eat real Danishes, though.

A George Nakashima, on the other hand ... https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/tables/desks-writing-tables/george-nakashima-minguren-desk/id-f_1858312/?utm_content=control&gclid=CPndv92Czs0CFQlahgodidoEow

June 29, 2016  
Blogger John McFetridge said...

The fictional Rozovsky would prefer this Danish:

http://www.finnjuhl.com/

June 29, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I say have Rozovsky and Dougherty talk bagels in a book, maybe Rozovsky trying to wangle a deal for a bagel shoot out of St. Viateur or Fairmount. And the you continue the Dougherty series long enough, do you see it approaching the subject matter of the Totoronto books, maybe even a crossover story?

TSuch a crossover would be a more justified than some.

June 29, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

John: In honor of your new interest, I have upgraded the chaise longue with which I illustrated this post.

June 29, 2016  
Blogger John McFetridge said...

Excellent, Peter.

And the short answer to your question about joining the series is yes.

It occurs to me now that in 3 1/2 books set in Montreal I have no scenes on Fairmont or St. Viateur. That needs to be corrected.

June 29, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Your first bagel scene could involve Rozovsky, Eddie, and a new minor character called Charlie Stella.

June 29, 2016  
Blogger John McFetridge said...

That's a very good idea.

June 29, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

One Or the Other already mentions St. Leonard at the city;s Italian population, so that's just one possible connection. Just don't tell Charlie about it.

June 29, 2016  
Blogger seana graham said...

Peter, upthread you wrote that the fictional Rozovsky dies, rather than does.
Say it ain't so.

I've only had access to two of the Eddie Dougherty novels and you guys are already on to the fourth? Totally unfair.

Finally, if you are going to add a bagel connoisseur scene, you definitely have to include Adrian McKinty. Or call him Hadrian McGinty. Whatever. He'll know.

June 30, 2016  
OpenID melhealy said...

I love the way you cut to the chaise.

June 30, 2016  
Blogger John McFetridge said...

Seana, number #3 (One or the Other) will be published August 1st. Number #4 is being written now so it's quite possible that Hadrian McGinty will be in the scene - that's a great idea.

June 30, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Seana: It ain't so.

That was a typo, of course, though one could argue that "...knows more about Danish modern than the fictional Rozovsky dies" means that Eddie's knowledge of Danish furniture is greater than fictional Rozovsky;s hypothetical death. I won't, but somebody could.

You should read the fourth Eddie Dougherty novel when it's available. It's the best of the lot.

June 30, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Mel Healy, I may include this bit in a larger story to add excitement, because every fast-paced story needs a chaise scene.

June 30, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

John, Seana: Where does Adrian stand on bagels? I know he has connections to Montreal, but I don't recall their extended to the bagel realm. And what would the adjectival form of "bagel" be, anyhow?

June 30, 2016  
Blogger seana graham said...

I hope he doesn't stand on bagels anywhere. That would be a waste.

I don't know what his preference is, but I do remember him saying that he did a bagel run from Canada to New York, perhaps more than once.

June 30, 2016  
Blogger seana graham said...

Oh, and thanks for the news on the third book, John. Looking forward to it.

June 30, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

"I hope he doesn't stand on bagels anywhere. That would be a waste."

Badoom-tish! A waste even if the bagels are from New York.

Adrian, of course, has all kinds of ties to Montreal and New York, so he could be in a better position than most to judge the superiority of Montreal bagels.

You may recall my having mentioned that those ties include his wife's having studied with some professors I knew or with whose children, nieces, and nephews I went to high school.

June 30, 2016  
Blogger Charlieopera said...

Add this to one of them there scenes, boyos ... Charlie stops at a bagel joint in Montreal, asks for a sesame. The kid behind the counter says, "Sezzme?"

"Say this," Charlie says, grabbing his ... well, yous know. "Ses-a-me," he says slowly, then points to the correct bagel. The kid retrieves it and starts to cut, but Charlie says, "Oh, hey. Over here. Let me taste it first." He takes a bite, rolls his eyes and says, "Yuck! Hey, Yous got any bialeys?" "Bolly?" says the kid. Charlie says, "forgetaboutit. Gimme a coffee, black, sweet-n-law."

June 30, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Rozovsky then takes the bagel guy aside and whispers, "Just ask him about the Rangers."

June 30, 2016  
Blogger Rick Ollerman said...

Enough of bagels--what the hell am I so frightened of?

July 12, 2016  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

That ice cube Charlie Stella is about to drop down your neck?

July 12, 2016  

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