Beginnings (More)

On Sundays we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams books in chronological order, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Here from 2017 – #37, THE RIGHT SIDE, a Peter Abrahams novel in every way, if you . There is a dog in it (in common with many of his novels, starting with Garth in the very first one, THE FURY OF RACHEL MONETTE) but no dog narration. That didn’t happen until DOG ON IT.

[“A great suspense novel, and so much more. You won’t forget the heroic LeAnne Hogan — and the same goes for her dog! Not to be missed.” – Harlan Coben]

“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.


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23 Responses to “Beginnings (More)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    7:21 am on November 4th, 2018

    Good morning all. The Right Side is a great story.
    Time changes get us no matter which direction.
    Clocks that adjust themselves are convenient but kind of spooky.
    Enjoy Beginnings, Chetspeak, Egg Day and Sunday.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:35 am on November 4th, 2018


    Dr. Machado…I wonder if baseball was on Spence’s mind when he came up with this name…

    Grizz and I would like to wish W’s&T’s Paw many happy returns of the day! I am wondering if ice cream cake will be involved… :^) Enjoy!

    Good day to all!

  3. B.Stover
    8:54 am on November 4th, 2018

    Happy Birthday W & T’s dad. I was very impressed by your answer to Rio’s riddle. My problem with riddles is that they seem impossible but the answers when given always seem obvious.

    Good morning all.

  4. Diane C.
    9:00 am on November 4th, 2018

    Good Morning B. Stover, Wose, HOH and everyone who checks in later–

    The clock thing always seems to bring some relief to me–like we’ve finally turned an anticipated corner (even though I’ll be coming home from work in the dark).
    Edgar and Ms. Pretty remain unaffected as they pursue their 18 hours of beauty sleep.
    And they send their greetings.
    Have a magical day, everyone…

  5. Herd of Hounds
    9:13 am on November 4th, 2018

    Birthday greetings to the Paw 🐾!

  6. Hobbitz
    9:48 am on November 4th, 2018

    I want to add my birthday greetings too!

    Very pregnant kitty seemed “different” at 11:00 pm. Early signs of labor at midnight. Every 15 min. Then every 30 min. I had sent texts to two rescue people at 11:15. At 2:00 one person responded and we talked via text for 20 min. At 2:30-2:45 I thought sure she would have her first but nothing. Labor seemed to stop. I fell asleep from 3:30-5:00. Kitty is calm, no signs of distress. Fourth litter so I just texted people again. It seems odd nothing is happening.

    Will keep you posted. I am awake but tired

  7. Herd of Hounds
    9:53 am on November 4th, 2018

    Poor Hobbitz, and on a 25 hour day. You and Sadie and Mr. Big and Denali rest when possible.

  8. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:17 am on November 4th, 2018

    C.Hobbitz aka Kitty Mama: Hope all goes well with the expecting kitty. BTW, when does your cast come off?

  9. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:19 am on November 4th, 2018

    Hobbitz: I just saw this commercial on TV, and I thought of you…

  10. Thieves!
    11:05 am on November 4th, 2018

    W&Ts Paw: Happy birthday to our favorite legal counsel! You are the best negotiator, defender and forgiver a couple of Outlaws ever had. We promise not to do anything too serious to require your services. This is our gift to you.

  11. BSD&Masquers
    11:49 am on November 4th, 2018

    Wishing the Happiest of Birthdays to W&T’s Paw!!

  12. BearSpiritDog
    11:54 am on November 4th, 2018

    DianeC: We Agree…the Change back to Standard Time seems Normal to Us.
    Someone Here woke up even Earlier…forgetting the clocks were already changed.

    CHObbitz: Hope you are able to Take a Nap sometime during the day.

  13. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    2:01 pm on November 4th, 2018

    Thanks to everyone for the birthday greetings. And special thanks to the Thieves for their very thoughtful gift. Hard to believe another year has gone by.

  14. Hobbitz
    3:57 pm on November 4th, 2018

    Cat still not in labor. Hope it isn’t in the middle of the night again.

    Wose: cast is off and brace is on. I wear it all the time and start PT next week. Brace provides much less support. My inactive muscles anthropied so everything is hurting. Back to square one with restrictions. It will get better, it is a process.

    BSD: napped for 2 hours. I am awake but tired. Reading a book on DNA for my book group which meets Tuesday. We keep reading non-fiction and I am ready for a good, meaty novel.

  15. Hobbitz
    4:05 pm on November 4th, 2018

    Sadie is confused and/or forgetful. She is always ready to eat

  16. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:08 pm on November 4th, 2018

    Hobbitz: Good luck with the upcoming PT. Hope your paw is tip-top soon!

  17. BooBear
    7:38 pm on November 4th, 2018

    Hello, guys! Preparing for Mom’slast week of work! Wow, doesn’t seem possible!
    Sale of house is proceeding. House appraised, buyers mortgage is finalized and Mom only has one more thing to get done that she promised the buyer would be done before closing. We won’t close until the end of November so Mom’s two months of rent will cover December and January.

    Tensing, be careful taking care of Audrey. Wookie may be a gentledog but remember he has 007 skills and you are messing with his lady!

    Happy Birthday to Wookie and Teddy’s Paw! Hope you had a great day!

    Rio! I’m sorry, but I still don’t understand riddle 13 (I think) that Teddy’s Paw answered last night? Still is a riddle to us.

  18. Tenzinf
    8:12 pm on November 4th, 2018

    BooBear: I’m no slouch at the Quilt. I make a great pillow. But, I appreciate your care of Audrey. Right now, my job is overseeing Belle Starr’s glitter ministrations. It is delicate work.

  19. Thieves!
    8:14 pm on November 4th, 2018

    W&Ts Paw: We checked ourselves into Mother Jail to be sure we could deliver on our birthday gift to you. It would seem Mother would like to schedule a meeting—-did she call it an arraignment?—-with your tomorrow when it is no longer your birthday. No idea why. It’s probably something Friend or Rio did.

  20. Tenzing
    8:25 pm on November 4th, 2018

    Typos! They get me every time.

    W&Ts Paw: I’ve been thinking thoughts. I fathered the Outlaws. Does that make me guilty of all the Thieves’ misdeeds by association. If so, I’d like to retain your services.

  21. Belle Starr
    10:30 pm on November 4th, 2018

    Hobbit: Please put me down for one baby kitten of my very own. I also want a baby Great Dane of my very own or I’m going to be in a very bad mood. We can keep them at your place.

  22. Macy the min-pin
    10:58 pm on November 4th, 2018

    Hello, everyone! Have I missed anything?

  23. Thieves!
    11:46 pm on November 4th, 2018

    Macy: We have been wondering about youse! The only thing you’ve missed is that it was confirmed earlier this week that we are, in fact, good dogs.

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