By J. Neil Schulman
"A cautionary story with a anxious resemblance to prior background and destiny percentages" (Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate), "Alongside evening" portrays the final weeks of the world's maximum superpower and ends on a effective notice of desire.
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Unfamiliar, male voices. ” Quickly, Elliot slipped into the bedroom’s storage closet and shut the door. He waited in pitch blackness, listening to his heart race, as footsteps passed by the closet, checked in the bathroom, then left the bedroom again. When he was certain whoever it was had left the room again, Elliot slipped back out of the closet, shut the bedroom door until just two inches remained, then pressed his ear close enough to pick up conversation. ” “Don’t know,” said the first—heavier, gruffer—voice.
But he knows we want him. I’ll take the lower apartment. You phone the chief. ” Elliot heard the fire door open and slam, then a softer slam seconds later as his apartment door was used again. His ears were ringing as he tried to regain his composure. He had escaped with the intention of rendezvous with his family. They would not be there. He knew who the earlier visitors had been. He knew why there had been no note—why the flight reservation had been undisturbed. His father’s plan had been brilliant.
He pocketed the money. “Thank you very much, sir. ” A few minutes later Elliot ate breakfast while watching a television newscast. On the wallscreen was a news announcer sitting in a studio: blown up behind him was a handsome, military-looking man in his fifties, wearing a stylish business suit. The caption under the blowup identified the man as Lawrence Powers, director of the FBI. ” Film of Lawrence Powers addressing a police banquet was inserted onscreen. “These firebombings of our FBI offices,” Powers said in his distinctive, deep-Southern voice, “are only the latest example.