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Rob Payne

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My life is ticking away one subway token at a time - a never ending pirouette of arriving and departing, pushing through turnstiles, nodding goodbye and hello. In eight hours I'll be allowed to turn around and go home.
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Chapter 1, p. 1 (opening line...)

 
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