Jim Qwilleran prepared his bachelor breakfast with a look of boredom and distaste, accentuated by the down-curve of his bushy moustache. Using hot water from the tap, he made a cup of instant coffee with brown lumps floating on the surface. He dredged a doughnut from a crumb-filled canister that was beginning to smell musty. Then he spread a paper napkin on a table in a side window where the urban sun, filtered through smog, emphasized the bleakness of the furnished apartment. Here Qwilleran ate his breakfast without tasting it, and considered his four problems:Yes, I did decide to end the quote without sharing Qwilleran's four problems. Yes, it ends with a colon, instead of a period. Yes, I'm curious enough to keep reading until I met the Siamese cat named Koko. I haven't read a mystery in ages, and this small book looks like one I'd like, especially since it has only 192 pages. By the way, the cover I've shown you above is not the one on my book, which features a small handgun and blood a cat has apparently walked through. I like the cat on this cover better.
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