The Thanatos Syndrome: A Novel

By Walker Percy

Returning domestic to the small Louisiana parish the place he had praticed psychiatry, Dr. Tom extra quick notices anything unusual occuring with the townfolk, a lack of inhibitions. at the back of this secret is a deadly plot drug the neighborhood water provide, and a discovery that takes extra into the bottom of the yank look for happiness.

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He flips open the dossier subsequent to his thigh at the table the place he’s nonetheless lounging comfortable, reads in a impartial clerk’s voice, sighting prior his folded palms. “These are the mins of the 1st listening to ahead of the nation clinical Board. Dr. Thomas extra charged via Agent Marcus Harris of the ATFA—let me see, blah blah—with the sale of 1 hundred prescriptions of Desoxyn capsules and 2 hundred prescriptions of Dalmane tablets at one buck in line with dose for the aim of resale on the Union seventy six truck cease of I-12 close to Hammond, Louisiana—blah, blah—look, men, there is not any have to return over these items. ” He closes the dossier. “That’s entrapment! ” Max cries, back to the area at huge. “That narc man used to be posing as a trucker. ” “Right,” says Bob Comeaux glumly. “A sting operation. may perhaps I ask you anything, Tom—something I’ve by no means understood? ” “Sure. ” “I’ve by no means understood why you didn’t simply cost these men a clinical rate. Why promote the rattling prescriptions wholesale via a goddamn truck cease? ” “I wanted the money. I knew the landlord of the truck cease and had self belief in him, that he may merely take care of truckers who wanted them. you will see that the dosages have been minimum, twenty-five milligrams of Desoxyn and thirty milligrams of Dalmane, barely enough to get them up sufficient to maintain wakeful after which down in order that they may well sleep. you recognize these men push these giant double and triple tandems over crumbling interstates for as much as eighteen hours an afternoon. Then they’re so drained they can’t sleep. ” “Oh boy,” says Bob Comeaux. Max opens his arms back yet says not anything. Doesn’t need to. Tom, that was once dumb, used to be what he might say. “Okay,” says Bob lightly. “Here’s our little challenge. Desoxyn is an amphetamine, isn’t it, Tom? ” “Yes. ” “Dalmane is a hypnotic, correct? ” “Yes. ” “We’re conversing managed components, fellows, time table 3. We’re speaking a criminal count number lower than new country and federal statutes. ” “So what’s the massive deal? ” asks Max, asking the gap among me and Bob Comeaux. “So it was once a dumb factor to do. now not harmful, yet dumb. in fact, he most likely kept lives via preserving these terrible bastards wakeful. Dumb, certain. yet he’s paid for his mistake. The feds aren't drawn to him. so far as we're involved, the ethics committee, I don’t see the matter. I’m certain Tom doesn’t brain my announcing that he was once on no account himself on the time. i do know simply because i used to be treating him. ” “No, Max,” I say. “You weren't treating me on the time. That used to be previous. ” For a few cause i'm having trouble concentrating. “Tom is a really artistic person,” says Max, “as we know. like several artistic humans he has sessions of mendacity fallow. ” “I wasn’t mendacity fallow, Max. i used to be normally mendacity under the influence of alcohol. My perform went to pot. i wished the cash. ” “But for a great reason! ” exclaims Max, elevating a finger. “You have been considering your loved ones. And what a beautiful family members! ” Bob Comeaux is shaking his hand, yet tolerantly, even smiling. “Okay, how’s this? ” he asks in a timely fashion, back surroundings one hand softly into the opposite. “Let’s simply placed this enterprise on carry for a number of weeks.

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