The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing

By Kenneth Fearing

George Stroud is a hard-drinking, tough-talking, none-too-scrupulous author for a brand new York media conglomerate that bears a remarkable resemblance to Time, Inc. within the heyday of Henry Luce. sooner or later, earlier than heading domestic to his spouse within the suburbs, Stroud has a drink with Pauline, the gorgeous female friend of his boss, Earl Janoth. issues occur. tomorrow Stroud escorts Pauline domestic, leaving her off on the nook simply as Janoth returns from a visit. The day after that, Pauline is located murdered in her apartment.Janoth is aware there has been one witness to his access into Pauline’s residence at the evening of the homicide; he is aware that guy should have been the fellow Pauline used to be with earlier than he bought again; yet he doesn’t comprehend who he used to be. Janoth badly desires to get his palms on that guy, and he alternatives one in every of his such a lot relied on staff to trace him down: George Stroud, who else?How does a guy break out from himself? No e-book has ever dramatized that query to extra excellent influence than the massive Clock, a masterpiece of yankee noir.

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The Big Clock

George Stroud is a hard-drinking, tough-talking, none-too-scrupulous author for a brand new York media conglomerate that bears a remarkable resemblance to Time, Inc. within the heyday of Henry Luce. in the future, prior to heading domestic to his spouse within the suburbs, Stroud has a drink with Pauline, the gorgeous female friend of his boss, Earl Janoth.

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Hardly anyone asks for pictures in here, of course. I just put that picture in the window because it happened to be framed. " "No. But you have some others, haven't you? Unframed. " The customer was a big, monolithic brunette, sloppily dressed and with a face like an arrested cyclone. "Yes, I have. " "I don't care," she said. " The dealer located a roll of canvases on an overhead shelf, and tugged them down. I had drifted down to the front of the shop by now, constituting myself a silent partner in the proceedings.

The twenty-ninth floor housed a wide assortment of technical newspapers and magazines, most of them published monthly, ranging from Sportland to The Frozen Age (food products), The Actuary (vital statistics), Frequency (radio and television), and Plastic Tomorrow. There were eleven or twelve of these what's-coming-next and how-to-do-it publications on this floor, none with a large circulation, some of them holdovers from an inspired moment of Earl Janoth's, and possibly now forgotten by him. The next two floors in descending order held the morgue, the library and general reference rooms, art and photo departments, a small but adequate first-aid room in frequent use, a rest room, the switchboards, and a reception room for general inquiries.

After that Pauline made some more phone calls, rearranging some other plans, and I remembered Gil's bar on Third Avenue. It wasn't exactly a bar and it wasn't exactly a night club; perhaps it might have been called a small Coney Island, or just a dive. Or maybe Gil had the right name and description when he called it a museum. I hadn't been there for a year or two, but when I had been, there was a game Gil played with his friends and customers, and to me it had always seemed completely worth while.

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