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"Still alive," Reich cried exultantly. D'Courtney stepped toward Reich, smiling, his
arms outstretched as though welcoming a prodigal son. Alarmed again, Reich
growled: "Are you deaf?" The old man shook his head. "You speak English,"
Reich shouted. "You can hear me. You can understand me. I'm Reich. Ben Reich
of Monarch." D'Courtney nodded, still smiling. His mouth worked soundlessly. His
eyes glistened with sudden tears. "What the hell is the matter with you? I'm Ben
"Ben," D'Courtney whispered in horror. "Listen, Ben . . ." "You've been at my throat
for ten years. There was room enough for both of us. Monarch and D'Courtney.
All the room in time and space, but you wanted my blood, eh? My heart. My guts
in your lousy hands. The Man With No Face!" D'Courtney shook his head in
bewilderment. "No, Ben. No ..." "Don't call me Ben. I'm no friend of yours. Last
week I gave you one more chance to wash in decency. Me. Ben Reich. I asked
Ben Reich, probably. He's long on promise. Sometimes he's short on delivery.
You'll have to make up your mind. Trust me or trust Ben Reich. What about the
gun?" Church's face disappeared from the light. After a pause, he spoke from the
darkness. "I sold no gun, peeper, and I don't know how any gun was used. That's
my objective evidence for the court." "Thanks, Jerry." Powell smiled, shrugged,
and turned again to Tate. "I just want to ask you one question, Gus. Skipping over
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - longhorndaniel - LibraryThing
really enjoyed this unique use of sci-fi with phycology twisted in; also like how he used Ecclesiastes hint plus the other multiple references he makes to a variety of things throughout Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Mrs_McGreevy - LibraryThing
In a future where the law is staffed by telepaths, how can you plot a murder? Ben Reich thinks he’s found a way. Does he succeed? You’ll have to read the book to find out, and I envy anyone their first reading of this classic of science fiction. Read full review