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Let's do the book meme again!
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book on your desk! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest'

So here we have Chiquillo, desperate to re-establish himself on the Columbian scene, ready to go anywhere to do a deal. He has a contact in Europe, his negotiator, who sniffs out the deal with Popeye.

But even so far afield, deals are not easy for Chiquillo to make.

Arms and the Women by Reginald Hill. Oddly enough, the bookmark was at page 123!

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*nodnod* That's where the computer is, after all. That book, and New Hart's Rules for Editors, and the Concise Oxford, are the only actual volumes within arm's reach. The next nearest books are the ones on the wall over the bed and above the printer, plus the rotating bookcase on top of the drawer unit, to the left, and on the wall-shelf and the bookshelves on top of the chest of drawers to the right. Any of which mean I have to stand up, which makes 'nearest book' a moot point.

I'm currently on the laptop in the living room, and the nearest book is actually the Collins London Knowledge Street Atlas, which doesn't have a page 123. Next shelf down, at the end, would be the Good Food Guide Second Dinner Party Book...

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