By Thomas D'Agostino
New England is wealthy in historical past and secret. a variety of sleepy little cities and farming groups distinguish the region's scenic tranquility. yet now not in the past, New Englanders lived in worry of spectral ghouls believed to upward thrust from their graves and stopover at kinfolk within the evening to suck their lives away. even supposing the note "vampire" used to be by no means spoken, rankings of households disinterred household in the course of the eighteenth and 19th centuries looking for telltale indicators that one among them can be what's now often called the recent England vampire.
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Reasonably secure. Public phone. ’’ The location mattered, because governments monitor certain public phones—the ones near embassies and police stations, for example, and those in the lobbies of higher-end hotels, to which the nearby lazy can be counted on to repair for their ‘‘private’’ conversations. ‘‘You’re still in Tokyo,’’ he said. ’’ ‘‘I’ve got things rigged so that I can see the originating number and location of calls that come in to my apartment. It’s what nine-one-one uses in the States.
They were less concerned about the fact of his death than they were about the manner of it. ’’ I said nothing. ‘‘They wanted the assistance of the Metropolitan Police Force in locating you,’’ he went on. ’’ ‘‘I suspect that the Agency has been tasked with trying to eliminate some of the corruption that is paralyzing Japan’s economy. The United States is concerned that if the situation worsens, Japan’s finances could collapse. ’’ I understood Uncle Sam’s interest. Everyone knew the politicians were focused more on ensuring that they got their share of graft from rigged public works and yakuza payoffs than they were on resuscitating a dying economy.
You could smell the rot from afar. I took another sip of the Dalmore. ’’ He shrugged. ‘‘Perhaps revenge. Perhaps as part of some anticorruption effort. After all, we know Holtzer was issuing intelligence reports identifying you as the ‘natural causes’ assassin behind the deaths of so many Japanese whistle-blowers and reformers. ’’ Just like Holtzer, I thought. Getting credit for the intelligence reports while using the subject for his own ends. I remembered how he had looked when I left him slumped and lifeless in his rent-a-car in that suburban Virginia parking garage, and I smiled.
A History of Vampires in New England by Thomas D'Agostino