By Lenny Bartulin
Jack Susko is having fun with a quiet lifestyles because the proprietor of a secondhand book shop, ideally within the corporation of his cat instead of real paying buyers. but if Hammond Kasprowicz, a crabby yet prosperous businessman, deals Jack a few effortless cash, after all Jack doesn’t flip down the provide. finally, what challenge may there most likely be with finding as many copies as attainable of the works of an imprecise poet? And who cares what Hammond desires to do with them? For all that Jack cares, he may burn them. Which, in truth, is precisely what Hammond does. yet very quickly, books aren’t the one issues disappearing…
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Maybe Kasprowicz had not hired too many more people after all? Maybe just one or two? Or maybe the phone call earlier had really been a coincidence? Either way, Jack decided to close the shop for a couple of hours and see what he could find. Fifty bucks was fifty bucks. He began with the eastern suburbs. Kenneth Brown Bookseller, Surry Hills, was the first stop and a good start: one copy of Entropy House. Then Cassandra舗s Pre-Loved Books, Darlinghurst: nothing. Phrase and Fable Book Basement, Woolloomooloo: nothing.
Some mornings he found people asleep there. Often he had to sweep syringes away, or move old blankets and cardboard boxes so that he could open the door. This morning there was a twisted-up wire coathanger on the ground. Somebody must have tried their luck at free parking. Somebody else must have tried their luck for a free car. Lots happened down narrow city lanes at night. Jack was thinking about places where he could not afford to live. Houses he could not afford to buy. Annabelle Kasprowicz.
It had never happened before. The poet was Edward Kass: the serious kind, treated to a capital P. Numerous awards, commendations, even a mention in the Queen舗s birthday honours list for 1981. The biographical details went on to say that his critically acclaimed work was: innovative, dark, enigmatic and entertainingly idiosyncratic. Jack had heard of him but not had the pleasure. He read a few poems on the bus and decided the style was overwrought; Edward Kass would probably have seen death in a bowl of cornflakes.