Monthly Archives: April 2012

Making a Killing

“No rush. Whenever you’re ready, sir,” Louie said, sliding the bill in front of Beetlebaum. The pest master slipped the pen from the folder and extracted a small spiral notebook from the pocket of his shorts. “How do you spell … Continue reading

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Rubbing Out a Louse

Louie, our waiter, had square horn rimmed glasses, a nimbus of closed-cropped white hair and the same serious demeanor he adopted in 1957 when he began working at Musso and Frank’s. He silently slipped our coffees in front of us. … Continue reading

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A Menu of Victims

“Acaricide is good,” Beetlebaum said, mashing the side of one fork prong into his cheesecake, “but ticks and mites aren’t the only pests we eliminate. What else you got?” My tongue grazed a spoon of spumoni. “There’s culicicide or culicide, ‘an … Continue reading

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How Many Names for Murder?

As the bus lurched down Hollywood Boulevard my stomach flip-flopped. Why did I agree to meet Bugsy Beetlebaum? I surveyed the scene through the scratched windows: gaudy signs advertising quick pleasures and simple salvation. As we neared Vine the sidewalks … Continue reading

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