There used to be a gazebo, but it fell down years agoand is overgrown with weeds. The kids don't mind the moss. That said, do you want a policeescort? Besides, I'monly going to walk back to the Range Rover to stretch mylegs.
I won't come anywhere near them. Look, it's a bit coldout tonight. Do you mind if I borrow your sweater? After a moment, Donovan got up and went to the workbench.
Oh no, there's been an error
He got his cell phone and called Marcy, waking herup long enough to exchange a few air kisses and I-love-you's. Then he sat the phone back on the workbench. At quarterto two, with Lauriat still out, Donovan took a look out thewindow at the moon, by then well to the west and dippingtoward the western skyline, then stretched out on the cotonce again and pulled a plain white sheet up to his chin. His heels pressed against the crossbar that stretched thebottom of the canvas web beneath him.
This set off a memory,one of those falling asleep memories. Donovan wastwelve again and on the last of the camping trips he used totake with his parents before childhood faded into the confluenceof his coming of age, the sixties, and the loud and angryarguments with his father over Vietnam. For a few moments fading into twilight sleep, however,Donovan was a boy again and back stretched out on theold army cot, his feet so proudly reaching all the way downto the bottom crossbar, listening to the roar of the surf atHither Hills State Park near Montauk.
A while later The two menexchanged grunts and the scientist settled onto the air mattress,which squeaked like an old rocking chair on a barewood floor for a minute or two until Lauriat fell asleep. Therewas no sound after that, not the wind, not the treetops, notthe hundreds of clever black birds scant inches away, not theCity of New York. All changed with dawn's early light. Donovan sat boltupright, awakened by a racket that sounded like the old number1 local clattering into the th Street subway station.
Itcame from all directions. Lauriat too sat up, a bit groggily, and looked around. Are they angry or what? Thatnotwithstanding, Donovan beat the man to a window. The gray of dawn pounded into the Crow's Nest, a bluesky about to emerge, a hint of a wind coming from the north. Donovan was amazed at how near he was to the sky.
Climbingup into the canopy in the pitch black of midnight, hewould have sworn the sky was gone forever, lost in a mat oflittle green leaves and big black birds. Now the sky seemedat arm's reach, gray turning blue, with the living canopyswarming below.
The little breeze from the north rippled the water of Fiddler'sPond, visible between the trees below. And there wasthe source of the commotion, plain as day, a few yards fromwhere the billowing leaves of the skunk cabbage and thedrooping branches of a weeping willow concealed most ofthe shoreline. A few yards from shore, an Eastern paintedturtle had climbed out of to the water onto a forked log. Aman's body lay on its back, half submerged, a white shirtripped open to reveal a distended, disemboweled torso.
Bloodstained the water in a slick around the man, spreading fromwater's edge to midstream. And there was more.
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Perched onthe corpse's chest, blood running down its beak and spatteredacross the black feathers of its chest, was a triumphant-looking,proud, old one-eyed crow. Donovanthought he saw the crow smile. Lauriat said, "Nevermore. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD 2. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. Overview Legendary NYPD detective Bill Donovan gets an only-in-New York case -- a corpse in a Central Park pond, feuding scientists who study crows and rats, a teenage Internet exhibitionist, a homeless wise man who sells poems from his perch atop a boulder, a gang of violent roller bladers, a rookie cop with an attitude and a big problem with Donovan, and, maybe, a wolf pack.
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