Strange but True: A Novel

By John Searles

After a mysterious fall from his new york house, Philip Chase has moved domestic together with his mom, Charlene, a sour girl who hasn't ever totally permitted the demise ofher more youthful son, Ronnie, 5 years previous. Numb from gazing an excessive amount of television and buying and selling snipes along with his mom, Philip is in stasis. yet every little thing adjustments one iciness evening while Ronnie's highschool female friend exhibits up on their doorstep to carry the inside track that she is pregnant ... and the daddy, she claims, is Ronnie.

So starts off the startling story as Philip and his mom confront Melissa's earlier and their very own. Their look for solutions takes them on an emotional trip, putting them within the course of homicide and revenge. instantaneously a relocating tale of redemption and a heart-stopping paintings of suspense, Strange yet True brings to existence a forged of characters that no reader will quickly forget.

This P.S. version good points an additional sixteen pages of insights into the booklet, together with writer interviews, steered interpreting, and extra.

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Philip asks, making an attempt his most sensible to stay to the topic. Donnelly increases his scant, nearly nonexistent eyebrows. “We are speaking a few fowl and a snake right here. now not Lassie. in addition to, it will rate cash and I’m on a hard and fast source of revenue. ” “Well then why don’t you're taking them with you? ” “To my sister’s? Ha! Fauncine’s a complain whilst she’s fit. i will in basic terms think how depressing she will be in her loss of life days. Do you could have any brothers or sisters, Philip? ” Philip has but to determine the correct resolution to this query. He doesn’t prefer to say no, given that that will deny the very fact of Ronnie’s life. yet answering certain regularly ends up in the inevitable follow-up questions like How previous is he? and the place does he stay? Philip settles on telling Donnelly that he has one more youthful brother, figuring he’ll steer clear of from now on questions if pressed for information. “Well, be great to him,” is all Donnelly says, “because you by no means recognize if you’ll desire him to keep up you whilst you’re in your deathbed. ” Philip we could out a breath and rubs his eyes. The cigarette continues to be lit within the ashtray, and the smoke is bothering him. at the back of the rest room door, the chook squeals then makes a valid like a bathroom flushing then asks for a martini. “Even if Fauncine wasn’t any such shrew,” Donnelly says, “Sweetie and child have lived all their lives in that loo. I can’t movement them now. Snakes are very delicate to their surroundings. a metamorphosis like which may be very irritating. She will possibly not make it. and that i promised Edward i might look after her. think me, I’d relatively personal a poodle or even a pleasant dachshund hound. I’ve consistently been keen on small canines of that kind. but if you're making a promise to somebody who has handed on, you want to preserve it to your personal peace of mind—whether or now not you suspect they're up there looking at. Does that make feel? ” “I suppose,” Philip says. “Listen. I want i'll assist you, yet I can’t. ” This time, while he places his hand to the doorknob, Donnelly blurts out one lengthy breathless sentence: “This is a rent-controlled residence and that i in simple terms pay 200 and 11 funds a month, yet i'm prepared to provide it to you for 5 hundred in the event you look after my pets. ” Philip stops. He turns round and asks Donnelly to copy himself. while he does, Philip reveals himself truly contemplating the provide. funds a month is way, a ways under what these actual property brokers had quoted him this day for a spot in one other borough. up to Philip dreads the belief of feeding mice to a snake and taking care of a nattering, peck-happy chook, a hire that low might suggest he wouldn’t need to paintings whereas he used to be the following. He has sufficient cash stored from his days on the Olive backyard to outlive years at that fee. And as long as his father didn’t bring to a halt the emergency bank card, he may perhaps get by means of for a while with out ever having to get a task in any respect. “Three hundred,” Philip tells him with no turning round. “Four-fifty. ” “Four hundred. ” “Deal,” Donnelly says and slips his hot, limp hand into Philip’s. “Bless you, younger guy. I warrantly you may be more than happy the following.

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