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Story opener from John D. MacDonald:

Van Harder came aboard the Busted Flush on a hot bright May morning. My houseboat was at her home mooring, slip F-18 at Bahia Mar, Fort Lauderdale. You go along thinking you are properly maintaining your houseboat and your runabout, going by the book, keeping a watchful eye on the lines, the bilge, the brightwork, all. But the book was written for more merciful climates than Florida, once described to the King of Spain by DeSoto as "an uninhabitable sandspit," even though at the time it was inhabited by quite a lot of Indians.

Suddenly everything starts to snap, rip, and fall out, to leak and squeal and give final gasps. Then you bend to it, or you go live ashore like a sane person.


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