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Lions Roar : May 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN MAy 2011 69 rising from the cushion, mccall stands in the room. he feels the stillness around him. his legs are stiff and there’s an ache in his right thigh, where the bullet passed through. he tries a few steps to get the blood moving. he walks to the window and pulls the curtains open, rais- es the sash. he lets the city sounds come in. then he climbs out through the opening onto the fire escape and stands on the steel grate, looks down at the avenue. it hasn’t changed. People on the sidewalks, standing on the curbs. sirens in the air. the avenue never changes. But he’s changed. he watches the neon flashing in the night, the cars cruising slow in the right lanes, the steam ris- ing from the manhole covers, swirling in the air. he watches it all, lets it go by him. he’s looking for her. emmy. he tries not to, but he can’t see the street without wanting her. he forces himself to look Characters are taken over by their desires and make bad choices—that’s the appeal of noir fiction, says Brian Haycock, because we’re all struggling with our desires. Here, Haycock offers a hardboiled story with a Buddhist twist and his thoughts on the bright side of writing noir. Escape PhotoByfrancescatallone