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117 Days of James Patterson – Day Seventy-Seven

Day 77, Chapter 77
Today’s chapter is only 3 lines longer than the infamous Chapter 74 (the shortest chapter in the book, to date.)  Chapter 74 had 272 words, while this one has a monstrous 326, yet the interesting thing is that NOTHING HAPPENS in Chapter 77.  Really, it’s a stretch that I’ve even written this much.  This was bound to happen, I guess – there’s not even anything worthy of full-on mockery or excerpting, really.  Here’s a quick recap: 

Yuki gets a warrant for a wiretap on Marcus Dowling’s phoneline and Lindsay and Conklin set up in “a small, windowless” office, listening to Dowling’s calls.  

I was keyed up and bordering on optimistic. The odds that Dowling would say something incriminating were a long shot – but a shot that we actually had.

Alright, so maybe there are a few lines bad enough to post here.  JPatt never disappoints.  Eventually, Dowling calls the girlfriend – Caroline Henley with the “big bouncy boobs” – and Lindsay & Robot Conklin learn that the two have been seeing each other on the sly for several years.  Apparently, this means that Dowling killed his wife.

Conklin broke into a grin. “Two years. He’s been seeing her for two years. It’s not a smoking gun, but it’s something.”

I know the chapter’s over, but I have a few questions. (No seriously, that was the end of the chapter.  You can leave now, it’s just the credits rolling.)  The thing I can’t get past is the fact that they only seemed to have tapped Dowling’s landline phone.  First of all, (and I’m being deliberately obtuse here) how many people have landline phones these days?  Okay, I do, but I also have a cellular phone that gets much more use than the landline.  Imagine that I were a high-profile Hollywood movie star like Marcus Dowling – would I have a cellphone?  Would I use the cellphone more often than I would a landline phone?  Would I call my girlfriend on the landline?  Would the cops be stupid enough, in the event that they needed to tap my phone lines, to only get a warrant to tap the landline?  If I had killed someone, would I use my landline, knowing that the cops probably had it tapped?  

Ah, never mind.
For the record, not including this sentence, this post has a whopping 383 words.
Go to Day 78

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4 comments on “117 Days of James Patterson – Day Seventy-Seven

  1. Amy
    July 15, 2010

    Are you sure that's the credits rolling? I thought it was eyes. Heh. (Sorry, sometimes I think I'm more clever than I really am).

    Really good question about the phone. I have a landline because it came in a bundle with TV and Internet and was cheaper than both without (weird right) but I don't even answer it if it rings because no one has the number. Very stupid all around.

  2. Anonymous
    July 16, 2010

    so, JPatt really wrote this to be published in 2010? a landline? really?!!!!!

    Today's lack of…well, anything…almost had me leave before the credits rolled…it's not you, it's JPatt 🙂

  3. aaryn b.
    July 17, 2010

    by “land line” do you mean two tin cans and some twine? because that is pretty forward for a man like jpatt.

  4. Nate
    August 5, 2010

    I only have a landline. But then again, I'm no Marcus Dowling.

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