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  • When a shooting goes bad and the suspect is on the ground with his dead hand open and a set of car keys falls from his palm rather than the pocket-size automatic you thought you saw, either you can tell the truth at an Internal Affairs inquiry and be hung out to dry on a meat hook, perhaps even do serious time in a mainline joint with the same people you put there, or you can untape the drop from your ankle, wipe it with a handkerchief, throw it on the corpse, and ask God to look in the other direction.

    Jolie Blon’s Bounce

  • After seeing what I’d have to see of them, I thought, I’d beg for the car keys and drive down to the Lyszkos’ house where there was going to be a big barbecue out back, and then Carolyn and I would go over to Theresa’s, where her father was to be holding a party in the barn.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • Beadie leaned over and pulled the car keys from the steering column.

    It's October, 1956.

  • Then he stood up suddenly, put on his coat, handed his car keys to Mitch Kupiec, and asked him matter-of-factly to drive him to the hospital.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • "Himself's in the living room, go right in," and hurried past me, jingling car keys and leaving a trail of exotic perfume.

    Till the Butchers Cut Him Down

  • Moreover, while my own upbringing hardly typifies the African American experience-and although, largely through luck and circumstance, I now occupy a position that insulates me from most of the bumps and bruises that the average black man must endure-I can recite the usual litany of petty slights that during my forty-five years have been directed my way: security guards tailing me as I shop in department stores, white couples who toss me their car keys as I stand outside a restaurant waiting for the valet, police cars pulling me over for no apparent reason.

    The Audacity of Hope


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