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117 Days of James Patterson – Day Eighty-Three

Day 83, Chapter 83
I would like to take today’s chapter (at least the opening sequence) line by succulent line, if that’s okay.

The police car circled the parking lot at Crissy Field like a blizzard.

Got that?  I think JPatt was at the bottom of his list of acceptable metaphors that day – his choices were “blizzard” and “oscillating fan.”

Sarah stiffened as she watched the cruiser in her rearview mirror, seeing it loop slowly around the lot while she wondered if her former student Mark Ogrodnick had told the police that she’d been in Whole Foods, barefoot, scraped up, and looking scared.

If he hasn’t done that, it’s only because JPatt won’t let him.  Imagine if there had been a burglary nearby – one of a recent rash of high-profile burglaries – and there are cops racing all over the neighborhood looking for the culprit and someone walks into the Whole Foods down the street from the scene, barefoot and bleeding and acting a little crazy.  Would the clerk make note of this?  Would the cops canvass the area?  Not here, my friends.

Sarah held her breath and moved only her eyes, and then the black-and-white eased out of the exit and continued onto the boulevard.

I like that she “moved only her eyes,” like one of those portrait paintings with the eyes cut out and with a secret viewing room behind it.  Just sit there for a second and do the same thing – how ridiculous does that feel?  Not suspicious at all, right?

God, Sarah, chill.

There’s no way those cops could be looking for you here. No way! 

No way!  Sarah is waiting in this parking lot to meet Heidi, who she is planning to confess to about being the Hello Kitty burglar.  I hadn’t really realized (or cared, maybe) that Sarah had not previously told Heidi that she was robbing local aristocrats.  My God, this plot is so complicated!  My head is spinning off my neck!

Sarah imagined Heidi looking at her as if she were an alien, gathering up the kids, getting into her car, and driving off. Sarah crossed her arms over her chest and doubled over. It killed her to think of losing Heidi. If that happened, everything she’d done would be for nothing.

I love how Sarah always imagines these scenarios of her downfall.  Way to stay positive, Sarah!  Then Heidi shows up with her two kids, Sherry & Stevie in tow.

Heidi broke into a grin. She held on to her floppy hat and balanced Stevie on her hip, the wind blowing her skirt tight against her body. Heidi was so beautiful. And that was the least of why Sarah loved her.

Heidi, on the other hand, is a more sexual being: it’s been 55 days since we were lucky enough to play voyeurs to Sarah and Heidi’s sex life – revisit JPatt’s favorite chapter to get your fix, dirty old man.
Go to Day 84


3 comments on “117 Days of James Patterson – Day Eighty-Three

  1. Tracy
    July 21, 2010

    What is it with the head spinning? Is JPatt channeling Linda Blair here or what?
    Tracy 😉

  2. Anonymous
    July 22, 2010

    rolled my eyes as instructed 🙂

  3. Nate
    August 5, 2010

    Perhaps she only moved her eyes because the police officer's visual acuity — much like a Tyrannosaur's — is based on movement. I think it sounds as plausible as the Ceylon jewel curse thing.

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