Night Boat to Tangier: A Novel by Kevin Barry:
These were fabled people. These were tricky times. They were in a moment of dangerous splendor. The men were lizardly, reptilian. They wore excellent fucking shoes. Nelson carefully with Jimmy Earls kept an eye on the confrontation. It was a smiling one, yet, and soft-voiced. These were deliberate people. Why should they meet just here, just now? Maybe it needed to be seen, and recounted.