Now & Then

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Now & Then

By Robert B. Parker (2007)

This is an average story in which investigating a case of infidelity leads to a politically charged murder plot. There is one thing I learnt from the story. A man who is very good with women – genuinely popular and savvy with women usually will also depend on a woman for money through marriage. Usually, in such cases, with lots of sex around, it will lead to jealousy, anger and perhaps murder. Such a man will also try to use seduction of women as part of their weapon. Bragging to women will also be part of their habit.

Hmmm… have you encounter such a guy before? In this story, this guy is Perry Alderson.

“In my line of work you see some cockhounds, but this guy. Whoa ! Different woman every day, sometimes more than one. Made me tired just watching him.”

Certainly Alderson had once been Bradley Turner. Married to Anne Marie. Living in Laurel Heights. Taking some classes at Coyle State. Fooling around with a lot of the coeds, which was probably why he took the classes. No one had found any sign of paid employment, so he probably depended on his wife’s money, which seemed substantial : nice house, nice suburb.

For whatever reason, maybe because she caught him fooling around, one day he had taken the missus on a cruise out of Erie and while out there had killed the wife and the boat guy, and maybe, tied the bodies to the anchor and dumped them in the middle of the lake. It was a big lake. Then he had taken the boat bake to shore and ,either to avoid observation or because he didn’t know how to dock it, he had run it aground, swum to shore, gone back to his car, and driven off into the sunrise. Probably with Perry Alderson’s ID in his pocket. Perry Alderson is the boat man.

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