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392 pages, Paperback
First published May 1, 1995
“Men cannot grieve as dogs do. But they grieve for many years.”
“All events, no matter how earthshaking or bizarre, are diluted within moments of their occurrence by the continuance of the necessary routines of day-to-day living.”
These were the lessons in my assassin's primer. And more. Sleight of hand and the art of moving stealthily. Where to strike a man to render him unconscious. Where to strike a man so that he dies without crying out. Where to stab a man so that he dies without too much blood welling out. I learned it all rapidly and well, thriving under Chade's approval of my quick mind.
Don’t do what you can’t undo, until you’ve considered what you can’t do once you’ve done it.
Men cannot grieve as dogs do. But we grieve for many years.
"It doesn't have to be that bad," Chade said quietly. "Most prisons are of our own making. A man makes his own freedom, too."Wise and moving dialogue like this was a dime a dozen in this book.