By Gore Vidal
In Death within the 5th Position, speeding P.R. guy Peter Sargent is employed through a ballet corporation at the eve of an important upcoming performance. dealing with the click seems no challenge, but if a emerging big name within the corporation is killed in the course of the performance—dropped from thirty toes above the level, crashing to her demise in an ideal 5th position—Sargent has a true case on his hands. As he ingratiates himself with the gamers backstage (especially one attractive younger ballerina), he unearths that this likely swish ballet corporation is acting their so much dramatic acts at the back of the curtain. There are sharp rivalries, sordid affairs, and shady characters. Sargent, although, has no hassle staying on element and proving that the ballerina killer is not any fit for his willing eye and raffish allure.
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I said it lightly enough, but all this talk was making me a little uncomfortable. I mean, it wasn’t like I’d never been in a locker room before. Guys are always commenting, and some like to strut. But I don’t think too many would admit if they stared. “They just . . don’t approve. Of the photographers, I guess. ” Jimmy rinsed pails, so I 25 really couldn’t see his face. ” Those kind of people? ” He did a one-shouldered shrug. “A couple candids here and there. I like candids, because it’s when they don’t think you’re looking that you catch people being themselves.
Sure, I’d never heard of him having any girlfriends, but I didn’t have any either. Didn’t mean a thing. I was busy. I had stuff to do. ” Shoving aside a stack of school crap, Mom perched on the edge of my bed. “I can understand that you’re angry. Jimmy should’ve told you before he entered those pictures in that contest. But he probably thought he didn’t stand a chance and, well . ” “That picture isn’t necessarily a bad thing. ” Then I got it. “Oh, great. You think Yale . . ” Mom got this defiant look.
I had to go that year, though, because I was president of the student council. We got there early to help the schools set up in the gym and lug in the boxes of pamphlets and junk they gave away to try to get you interested: T-shirts, key chains, chocolate-chip cookies, bottled water with the school logo. Pizza. One school even had a raffle going for an iPad, which I thought was cool. I even listened to the sales pitch just to get my name entered. Mostly, though, I went around to the different tables to make sure things were running smoothly and to see if the reps needed anything.