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™! Since the digital version of The Sound and the Furry is for sale right now at all the usual outlets – $1.99! – let’s go with it.

“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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7 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. mlaiuppa
    7:28 am on April 10th, 2022

    Shirt pocket, pants pocket, wallet.

    The check needs to go directly into the bank.

    Does Bernie not have one of those apps on his phone to deposit checks?

    Of course he wouldn’t be Bernie if he wasn’t always broke. All they really need is enough to keep Chet in dog food and Slim Jims, plus the occasional cruller.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:07 am on April 10th, 2022


    I always laugh at this beginning!

    Good Sunday to all!

  3. B. Stover
    11:24 am on April 10th, 2022

    Keep barking Chet until he deposits the check.

    Good day to all.

  4. Herd of Hounds
    11:53 am on April 10th, 2022

    Happy Sunday to all!
    Perhaps Chet could train Bernie by grabbing his pant leg when he wants the check to go into the pants pocket. It might work.

  5. mlaiuppa
    5:07 pm on April 10th, 2022

    It’s National Hug Your Dog Day.

    Be right back.

  6. Hobbit
    7:43 pm on April 10th, 2022

    I need to find the box with all my C & B books in storage so i can enjoy reading them again. I should have labeled it. The books are in one out of 24 boxes.

    Dawson: things are melting here also but I still have many inches of snow in my front and back yards

  7. mlaiuppa
    11:37 pm on April 10th, 2022

    It will be in the last box you look in so start with that one.

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