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An Excerpt from Streetscape: A Jake Soho
By Carl Waldman
He walked the neighborhood to work off restlessness. Along Bleecker
Street he stopped in front of a window with three mannequins. They seemed to look at him with contempt. Women out of his
past frozen behind glass. Best to revisit them when dreaming, not awake.
What he found for sleeping this night was a first for him - scaffolding in front of the corner empty building
at King and MacDougal. It had been poorly assembled, like something out of a shantytown. Missing pieces left a convenient
hole within the overhang though which he could wiggle to find refuge on top.
Jake dreamed of his hometown upstate - not New York City.
Hiding in that big tree house.
Jake! Little sis Caitlin was calling him.
Jake ignored her.
is the author of a number of reference books on history and popular culture, including Atlas of the North American
Indian. He also has co-written several screenplays, including an episode of Miami Vice
for NBC and The Legend of Two Path, a drama about the Native American side of Raleigh's
Lost Colony, shown at Festival Park in North Carolina. Streetscape: A Jake Soho Mystery may
be found on the ALVA Buy Now Page.