Monday, August 13, 2018

the last book I ever read (The Voyeur's Motel by Gay Talese, except eight)

from The Voyeur's Motel by Gay Talese:

The Korean family that had succeeded Gerald and Anita Foos as owners in 1995, and subsequently ran the place without knowing the history behind the rectangular-shaped six-by-fourteen-inch plaster-board patches that were centered in the ceilings of a dozen rooms, sold the Manor House during the winter of 2014 to a real estate partnership headed by a seventy-five-year-old Denver-based developer named Brooke Banbury.

Mr. Banbury envisioned replacing the motel with a multi-level apartment house, or a hotel, or perhaps a medical building with a bank on the ground floor. After he had acquired the motel, its contents, and the surrounding land for $770,000 in cash, the Korean occupants promptly vacated their office and living quarters and left behind clothes and and shoes in the closets and food in the refrigerator and under the front counter. There was also a small suitcase secured with a padlock, and when Brooke Banbury opened it he discovered a submachine gun with three loaded magazines and extra bullets. The police were summoned and they did not return the rifle.

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