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Hank swirled his drink again and looked over at me. “Do you know the first thing they say to bright guys like you who come to this City and try to disturb things—expecting to take over without learning how to fit in and kiss the appropriate asses?  Do you know what they say, Tom?”

I looked at Hank. Okay, I’ll bite.”

Hank leaned back in his chair. “The first thing they say is that you must learn to appreciate the art of drowning without making waves.”

I’d never heard the expression before but I caught Hank’s drift right away and let out a chuckle. Hank gave a shriek that must have carried over to the next building.

--From my new thriller, THE VIEW FROM WALDEN PARK. Available through Amazon.Books.com