She had the face of a madonna and a heart made of dollar bills. She was sitting on the floor, naked, in a skitter of green bills. Beyond her was the custodian, still simpering in death. She was scooping up handfuls of the green money and dropping it on top of her head so that it came sliding down along the cream-colored hair, slipping down along her shoulders and body. She was making a noise I never heard come out of a human being. It was a scream that was a whisper and a laugh that was a cry.
About the Author
After serving as a paratrooper in Japan during World War II, Elliott Chaze (1915-1990) settled in Mississippi, where he worked for 20 years as an award-winning reporter and editor at the Hattiesburg American. His nine novels include The Stainless Steel Kimono, which he based on his wartime experiences, Goodbye Goliath, and Wettermark.