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It got me out of the sewer, for one thing (see the Foreword to CALLAHAN’S CROSSTIME SALOON). It has made me a great many friends I might not otherwise have met, and one or two enemies I’d have acquired sooner or later anyway. And it has been responsible for some memorable moments. (Catch me at a convention sometime, and ask me about the reader who invited me aboard his nuclear submarine-or the one who called at 5 AM. ) But fate has taken a hand, as they say, and the Callahan’s Place saga/series/cycle (just don’t use that “T” word) seems to have reached its conclusion with this volume.
But Dad was heroically determined to keep his good mood: he forced a smile, and even essayed a joke. ” He put up his hand as if to pluck a hat from the sky. And a hat flew into his hand. This, you may say, and I will agree, is a wonderful thing, a marvelous thing. But the beautifuI thing, the thing that came back to me again and again during my stormy adolescent battles with Dad and kept me from ever really hating him, is what he did then. He caught the hat, smoothly, and without the slightest hesitation placed it on his head, pokerfaced.
It spent its early years in the library of a wealthy bishop. For the last thirty years it was in the best whorehouse in Brooklyn, but the place closed down a few months back-“ I was stricken. ” She nodded sadly. “Too much cutrate competition. Changing fashions. ” “My God! I know that staircase! ” I began to smile through my sorrow. “Ah, God, Sally,” I said to the weeping heavens, “I’m sorry they closed you down, the world is a darker place-but at least all your treasures haven’t fallen among heathens.