What You Have Left: The Turner Trilogy by James Sallis

By James Sallis

A trio of excellent mysteries “unlike the rest being written today.”—Chicago Tribune during the last 5 years, James Sallis has created 3 of the main acclaimed mysteries released in the United States, every one of them that includes the complicated John T urner—former cop, therapist, and ex-con, attempting to get away his previous, but ever all in favour of the small group someplace close to Memphis the place he has sought safe haven. What you've got Left—concise, elegiac, memorable—collects those 3 classics in a single paperback quantity.

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Then you know it wasn’t me, it was us. What part wasn’t plain luck owes mostly to my partner. I’d be jumping hoops of intuition, flying high. ” I nodded. “Like I said, I’m in over my head. ” We came in from the north, onto deserted streets. Pop. 1280, a sign said. Passed Jay’s Diner with its scatter of cars and trucks outside, drugstore and hardware store gone dark, A&P, Dollar Store, Baptist church, Gulf station. Pulled in behind city hall. One-story prefab painted gray. Probably took them all of a week to put it up, and it’d be there forever, long as the glue held.

Also a package of lox we both agreed should be put to rest. I washed my face and did what I could by way of brushing teeth while Val assembled it all; then, once we’d eaten, took care of the kitchen while she showered and dressed. In the yellow Volvo on the way into town I thanked her. She smiled. “Any time. It’s a pleasure to have someone to talk to. ” At the office she signed out the forensics kit and told us she’d be in touch when word came down. I walked her to the car. “You get caught in town again, there’s always my spare room,” she said.

Wearing camo,’ as a friend of mine put it. ” She set a mug before me, thoughtfully turned so the chip on its lip faced away. ” Settling back at the table, she sipped her tea. “I was up there for four years—dancing with the one who brung me, as my father would say. I liked Baltimore, the firm, liked the work. ” “Nothing. Something. ” She smiled. “I wanted to, anyway. ” Nodding. ” She half-stood to pour us more tea. Close by, just past the window, an owl hooted. ” “Not for a long time. ” She waited, and after a moment I told her the basics.

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