Year of publication: 2013
The Final Solution: A Story of Detection
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Michael Chabon The Final Solution: A Story of Detection To the memory of Amanda Davis First reader or these pages The distinction's always fine between detection and invention. — MARY JO SALTER 1 A boy with a parrot on his shoulder was walking along the railway tracks. His gait was dreamy and he swung a daisy as he went. With each step the boy dragged his toes in the rail bed, as if measuring out his journey with careful ruled marks of his shoetops in the gravel. It was midsummer, and there was something about the black hair and pale face of the boy against the green unfurling flag of the downs beyond, the rolling white eye of the daisy, the knobby knees in their short pants, the self-important air of the handsome gray parrot with its savage red tail feather, that charmed the old man as he watched them go by. Charmed him, or aroused his sense-a faculty at one time renowned throughout Europe-of promising anomaly. ...