Friday, May 08, 2020

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Is it safe to talk here?”

    “Well, sure,” I said.  “Why not?”

    “The place isn’t … bugged?”

    “Well, we have an exterminator come once a month, but in a neighborhood like this you can’t expect –“

    “No no!  I mean microphones, listening devices.”

    “Oh, those!  Oh, sure, we’ve got lots of those.  In the light switches mostly, and here and there.  But they don’t work any more.”

    “Are you sure?  You’ve deactivated every one?”

    “Well, most of them, rats ate the wiring.”

    (from The Spy in the Ointment by Donald E. Westlake)

    6½*/10.  The complete review is here.

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