The smell of the sea, of kelp and fish and bitter moving water, rose stronger in my nostrils. It flooded my consciousness like an ancestral memory. The swells rose sluggishly and fell away, casting up dismal gleams between the boards of the pier. And the whole pier rose and fell in stiff and creaking mimicry,...
He was half a politician, and like most of his kind he was an insecure man.
The sea was surging among the pilings like the blithe mindless forces of dissolution.
Pour alcohol on a bundle of nerves and it generally turns into a can of worms.
She didn’t look like any motel manager I had ever seen. More likely an actress who hadn’t quite made the grade down south, or a very successful amateur tart on the verge of turning pro. Whatever her business was, there had to be sex in it. She was as full of sex as a grape...
Never sleep with anyone whose troubles are worse than your own.
There’s nothing wrong with Southern California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn’t cure
Nothing is wrong with California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn’t cure.
Some men spend their lives looking for ways to punish themselves for having been born.
The past was filling the room like a tide of whispers.
Property transactions were down in the Highlands, but they were also down across the state.
I have a secret passion for mercy. But justice is what keeps happening to people.
No one looks at the mountains. But they were there, making them all look silly.