On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the first few lines of all the Peter Abrahams books including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker – mostly so we can use that word! Moniker!

Today – The Sound and the Furry:

“One thing’s for sure,” the lawyer said, handing Bernie our check, “you earned every cent.”

Bernie tucked the check in – oh, no – the chest pocket of his Hawaiian shirt, just about his nicest Hawaiian shirt, with the hula dancers and the trombones, but that wasn’t the point. The point was we’d had chest pocket problems in the past, more than once. And possibly more than twice, but I wouldn’t know, since I don’t count past two. What I do know is that checks have a way of falling out of chest pockets.

“What’s he barking about?” the lawyer said.

Bernie glanced at me. “Just wants to get rolling,” he said. That wasn’t it at all: what I wanted was for Bernie to put that check in his front pants pocket where it would be safe. But then I realized that I did kind of want to get rolling. Wow! That was Bernie, knowing my own mind better than I did. And I knew his exactly the same way!


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6 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:10 am on June 23rd, 2019


    I just finished rereading “The Sound and the Furry” last week, and I laughed at this opening! Oh, Bernie! Please remember not to put the check in the chest pocket of your Hawaiian shirt, even if it is the nicest one.

    Hope Friend made it safely to her destination.

    Good Sunday to all!

  2. Thieves!
    6:38 pm on June 23rd, 2019

    Report! We can report that antics have happened at a wax museum and the promenade. We can also report that antics were contemplated on a gondola, but decided to save up their antics for later purposes. Is gamboling involved? Maybe, but not for us. We will be asleep in our hotel by eight. Cough.

  3. BooBear
    9:00 pm on June 23rd, 2019

    Only a little more than a week to go!! Then a day of reading is in store for Mom!

  4. Nancy Drew
    11:17 pm on June 23rd, 2019

    I recieved a Uncle Edgars newsletter in the mail while I was at a family reunion. I found this little blurb under the “Due Early July” heading.

    Quinn, Spencer The Heart of Barkness (Chet & Bernie #9: After seeing his favorite country singer perform at a dive bar, Bernie leaves a generous tip that is stolen twice before the night is over)…………………………….$25.99

  5. Staff
    11:18 pm on June 23rd, 2019

    OOps, my cover is blown!

  6. Thieves!
    2:14 am on June 24th, 2019

    Staff: We are firm believers in a good alias just like OFA. We have often gone by lovable miscreants and the defendants.

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