Tuesday, April 30, 2013

the last book I ever read (Tiger Rag: A Novel by Nicholas Christopher, excerpt five)

from Tiger Rag: A Novel by Nicholas Christopher:

Ruby highlighted and deleted two pages of text, then looked up at Devon and assumed her clinical voice. “I never heard of anyone committing suicide like that. Medically speaking, it would be excruciating. As your temperature drops, your organs shut down, one by one, last of all your brain. You’re aware of what’s happening until you begin hallucinating, and by then you’ve lost all mobility. Amnesia sets in. You may not know who you are or where you are. Depending on his clothing, it may have taken him four or five hours to die. That’s more than killing yourself: it’s looking to suffer. It doesn’t add up for me.”

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