Police believe that the incident was drug-related.

“Hobo, hows about givin’ me a lift inta d’ City?”

“George, It’s late. An’ whats for anyhow? Y’er tapped out.”

“Don’t worry, I gotta good connection ove’dere. He’ll front me.”

“Y’er payin’ f’r d’ gas an’ d’ tolls?”

“Y’spring an’ I’ll treat’cha.”

“OK.”

– – –

Coming out of the Holland Tunnel.

“Nah, nah, don’ take Canal. We’s headin’ uptown.”

“If we’s goin’ t’ Harlem, shouldn’t we took da Bridge?”

“Nah, we ain’t goin’ tha’ far uptown.”

– – –

Somewhere in the Thirties.

“OK. Next block make a left. At the corner, a left. Here, here, left again. Slow now. Stop. Keep the engine runnin’.”

The dark street was filled with stores, all now closed. Most seemed to sell used cash registers. For no apparent good reason, a man was standing in front of one of the locked doors. A gust of wind sent an empty paper coffee cup skidding along the sidewalk into his feet. George walked up to the man and said something. The man handed George a folded manila envelope. George reached into his pocket, produced a small handgun, and then fired one shot. As if the strings of a puppet were cut, the man collapsed.

Getting in the car, “Take the Lincoln Tunnel back.”

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About Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established PETCRAFT.com in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa.
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