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I spotted Ken Nichols about the same time he spotted me. He was sitting at the end of the hotel bar, and when I started toward him, he grinned and raised what looked like a martini glass.
I took the stool beside him. He held out his hand, and I shook it.
“Glad you could make it, Brady,” Ken said. “Jesus, it’s good to see you. What’s it been?”
“Ten years,” I said. “At least.”
He was wearing a pearl-colored button-down shirt under a pale blue linen jacket, with faded blue jeans and battered boat shoes.
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William G. Tapply was a contributing editor to Field & Stream and the author of numerous books on fishing and wildlife, as well as more than twenty books of crime fiction, including Hell Bent. He lived with his wife in Hancock, New Hampshire.
William G. Tapply