Адаптированная книга на английском языке «The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler». Аудиокнига на английском.
The first time I saw Terry Lennox he was sitting in a Rolls-Royce in front of a fancy restaurant, and he was very drunk. He had a young man’s face but his hair was white as snow. You could see he was drunk by looking at his eyes; otherwise he looked like any young man who had been spending too much
money in a place that was there to take your money.
There was a woman beside him. Her hair was a pretty dark red and she had a distant smile on her lips.
‘I have a wonderful idea, darling,’ the woman said, trying to be nice. ‘Why don’t we take a taxi to your place and get your little car out? It’s a wonderful night for a ride up the coast.’
The man said ‘Awfully sorry, but I don’t have it any more. Had to sell it. ‘He spoke clearly.
‘Sold it, darling? What do you mean?’ She slid away from him, but her voice slid even further.
‘I had to. Had to eat.’
‘Oh, I see.’ A piece of ice wouldn’t have melted on her now.
Right then, the car door seemed to open itself and the young man fell off the seat and landed, sitting, on the ground. So I went over and stuck my nose in their business, although it’s always a mistake to interfere with people who are drunk. I picked him up and put him on his feet.
‘Thank you so much,’ he said politely. I thought I heard an accent.
‘He is so English when he’s drunk,’ she said in a hard voice. ‘Thanks for catching him.’
‘I’ll get him in the back of the car,’ I said.
‘Sorry, mister, but I’m late for an appointment.’ She started to drive off. ‘He’s just a lost dog,’ she added. ‘Perhaps you can find a good home for him.’ And then she was gone. And the guy was asleep in my arms.
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