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The Dark Pool

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“These aren’t bets on the weather. We’re talking about people’s lives here.”

He liked his women large and top heavy, his associates small and subservient.

Best risk of all isn’t to play the game, but to own the game.

Here in the fancy well-heated office, everything seemed calm. But out in the cold real world, blood ran in the streets.

Even outcomes he doesn’t favor favor him.

It’s true what they say. The neighborhood has eyes.

If people are willing to agree that it has value, then it does have value. And you can trade it.

“I don’t know what that means, but I like the sound of it.”

“You can thank me, pal. But you can’t thank me enough.”

“When someone begins a sentence, ‘To tell you the truth,’ the truth rarely follows.”

He was sitting in the lion’s den, pleading his case to the lioness.

Cadaver Blues

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I thought I’d never see that blue again as long as I lived. The gods, as it turns out, had other ideas.

Three rules to live by: Never owe. Never sweat. Never apologize.

You always go after the big guy first.

“Helping people pay their bills, that sort of thing?” “More like helping them avoid paying.”

I can’t turn my clients into studs―they’re too far gone for that. But I can lend them a strap-on. That’s what I do.

“You could talk circles around a roomful of lawyers.” “I hope so.”

It requires no special skills to beg for mercy.

He’s all twinkle and smarm, a face you trust only with your eyes closed or your options few.

In the debt workout game, the worst payers always draw the best deals.

It’s her natural state. She’s cocoa cuckoo.

Nothing has less power to move people than a standing offer frequently repeated.

Quick, short bursts and fast-talking are more my thing. They get me into trouble, but then they get me out of it.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to take your fish and pretty soon he wants the whole damn boat.

She rolls her eyes as if she hears this request twenty times a day and I’m the nineteenth.

She said you were like one of those Cadbury eggs, hard on the outside but soft and sweet and creamy on the inside.

Primacy

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In the calm of midnight, the wired innards of Pentalon emitted a tremulous buzz, ten thousand sensors monitoring every movement.

Not all rats in the Pentalon building had tails and walked on all fours.

“We’ve got a problem in the monkey lab.”

“Our superiority, like any form of authority, is easier to handle if we can impose it from a distance, isn’t it?”

For the first time in her life, she felt ashamed to be human.

Dikembe Kasa monitored the sounds of the jungle the way a conductor hears a giant orchestra.

“Our ancestors wouldn’t recognize this place.” “They would. It’s all an expression of hunger.”

The balances of nature gropes to restore itself.

Special Agent Henley Pulsipher felt as out of place as a penguin at a polar bear convention.

A talking animal’s no joke. It calls into question many of our values.

You serve man or you perish.

Their gaze connected achingly across the small space between them. Ten inches. It might have been a chasm.

No life remained in what had been the twins’ room, but tufts of human hair drifted like ghostly catamarans in puddles of blood.

“He seemed happy.” “Because he’s prosperous, not because he’s good.”

I always thought a single flower held more beauty than the whole bouquet.

You’re saying she expected bigger things from mankind.

Kinshasa was a web of fear. It should do him a world of good.

We’re a conservative race. We don’t like to have our illusions shattered.

Their instinct won’t allow them to stand there much longer. And a female will lead them over the hedge.

He always liked a long shot. He gambled on you, too.

It is not about what I have to do. It is a matter of what I choose.

Another victim along the road of your good intentions.

Everything on earth invites your violation by its very existence.

Now she knew what the primate felt when it sensed the cage’s impenetrability―paralysis induced by deep despair.

I carry my laboratory with me. It is a state of mind.

Everything has its consequences. You tear the fabric and you mend it―or nature will, and with her own prejudices.

“Even when the current is behind you,” Dikembe said, “it can be a long way home.”

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