On Sundays we do beginnings – taking a look at the first paragraph or two of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. How about today we do The Right Side, the novel that came between Scents and Sensibility and Heart of Barkness? Those two are part of the Chet and Bernie series and The Right Side is not. It’s also not canine-narrated, and there are many other differences as well.

“Just want to make sure I’ve got your name right.” The man – Machado, read the tag hung around his neck – swiveled sideways to check his computer. The chair made a squeaky sound, intolerable to the woman sitting on the other side of the desk. It sparked a headache in the spot where her headaches got sparked these days, a headache that then blossomed like an explosion in slow motion, so slow you might have thought it would peter out, or be easily stopped. She knew better.

Machado – Dr. Ernest Machado, Psychiatric Services, according to the name tag – squinted at the screen. “Still getting used to these darn progressives,” he said, tapping his glasses.

“Poor you,” she said.

Dr. Machado shot her a speedy glance, returned to the screen, nudged his glasses a little higher up on his nose.

That glance? Furtive, she thought. Or had she said it aloud, called him furtive to his face?


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13 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    10:04 am on October 6th, 2019

    Good morning all.

  2. Staff
    2:52 pm on October 6th, 2019

    Hello Queen B. It is nice to see you on the blog again.

    Mr Staff has a word question he has been brooding about. He was reading a detective novel written in the 30’s and the author used the word “flinchingly”
    The context was the detective showed a suspect something and she reacted flinchingly.
    We know about unflinching reactions. But what about unflinchingly and, now, flinchingly?

    Curious minds wish to know.

  3. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on October 6th, 2019

    Staff!…I looked it up as I have never ever seen or read that word before today…grunt!…Here is what I found.

    Definition of flinchingly: In a flinching manner as though shrinking from anticipated distress or discomfort.

    Sniff!…Just like the reaction I have when I have to go out into the snow to pee or poo!…yeeeep!

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on October 6th, 2019

    Baseball!…We here are going to hunt for a Baseball playoff game…snort!

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on October 6th, 2019

    FOUND!…Nats vs those Losey Dodgers!…grunt!snort!

  6. Thieves!
    9:24 pm on October 6th, 2019

    Rio: Our guess is that there was some such behavior of those hiding in the closet with youse this past week.

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:34 pm on October 6th, 2019

    Thieves!….Huh?…Do youse mean the Tornado Night?….yeeep!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:35 pm on October 6th, 2019

    And!….The impending fart Smell???….heh!heh!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:52 pm on October 6th, 2019

    Crap!….Those Dirty Dodgers have just scored a 2 run 2 out double….groan!wheeze!…Now the Nats are down 3 ta 2….grummp!buffle!

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:59 pm on October 6th, 2019

    Noooooo!…Those dirty Dodgers scored another 2 runs with 2 outs….yeeep!….Can the Nats recover from this? I sure hope so by golly!…snort!snort!…There are over 3 innings left to rebound and defeat those Dodgers…yes!yes!yes!

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:01 pm on October 6th, 2019

    Right…Side!…snort!…I sure hope my friend can meet up with the Charming Mr. Abrahams again and get the Right Side autographed…snuffle!…She was really moved and shaken by that story…sniff!

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on October 6th, 2019

    Kelly!…I can foresee Joe Kelly signing up with the Rockies as their pitcher…sniff!…It’s a horrible thought, but there it is. …guh!

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:47 pm on October 6th, 2019

    Bah!…Well it is a 2 ta 1 series lead by those Dodgers….grump!…Now I believe the teams will head to LA for the next game…GO NATS!…yeeep!

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