Saturday, January 30, 2010

Phraselet No. 107

Office women in passing cars looked at him and felt vibrations above their nylons. He was big and shaggy, with flat square shoulders and arms too long in sleeves too short. He wore a gray suit, limp with age and no pressing. His shoes and socks were both black and holey. The shoes were holey on the bottom, the socks were holey at heel and toe.

His hands, swinging crve-fingered at his sides, looked like they were molded of brown clay by a sculptor who thought big and liked veins. His hair was brown and dry and dead, blowing around his head like a poor toupee about to fly loose. His face was a chipped chunk of concrete, with eyes of flawed onyx. His mouth was a quick stroke, bloodless. His suit coat fluttered behind him, and his arms swung easily as he walked.

The office women looked at him and shivered. They knew he was a bastard, they knew his big hands were born to slap with, they knew his face would never break into a smile when he looked at a woman. They knew what he was, they thanked God for their husbands, and still they shivered. Because they knew how he would fall on a woman in the night. Like a tree.

- Richard Stark, The Hunter


Michelle D. Argyle said...

Great excerpt! I enjoyed reading about the book, as well, from your link. Thank you for sharing this. :)

Loren Eaton said...

Thanks! It is a rather intense book, though. I don't think I'd want Parker as a roommate.