Here's Chapter 2, named after The Cars - Drive.
Who's gonna tell you when
It's too late?
Who's gonna tell you things
Aren't so great?
You can't go on thinkin'
Nothing's wrong, but bye
Who's gonna drive you home
A first glance at what Young Mark does differently than his older (and presumably wiser) counterpart: while totally having the drop on an opponent, he seriously chooses to slug it out with the guy. Ah, the folly of youth.
A Kubotan is a small stick that can be held in your hand to increase your punching power or strike at pressure points. It's a pretty nifty thing and perfectly legal to own almost anywhere, but should probably make you reevaluate your opinion of anyone with one on a keychain. Those are the kind of people who can handle themselves in a fight (or at least believe they can).
That car? Yeah, it's a compact. It's not cheap to have a good apartment in NYC proper, and it wasn't much cheaper then. On the other hand, Sharon's pretty frugal in general - she wouldn't buy a new car on a loan if she could help it. She'd rather have a (reliable) POS that she owns than some land ship that's 90% bank property and too big for any parking space you might find on the island.
The Poor Man's James Bond is a real book, or rather, series of books. The third book in particular deals with police techniques. I figure that's more useful for a cop than diagrams on how to build weapons from scratch. (Mark has that one, though. And Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independant Contractors. Not much educational value for a professional assassin, but it's good light reading.)
Yes, a suppressed .45 will still be much too loud in an apartment complex. Even the .22 might be pushing it. It's not that the walls are thin (though they are), but these things make a lot of noise even with a suppressor. In fact, that little fight probably made more than enough noise, even without anyone speaking or shouting. When you're far away, fists aren't that scary - somebody else is getting beat up. But a gunshot? That'll spook ya if you're not used to the sound. (Then again, you might not realize that sound was a suppressed gun, since they can sound pretty weird - which is the point of the suppressor. But why take chances?)
Sharon got a new Glock. The old one's being dusted for evidence (though not with very much enthusiasm), but since it's her issue weapon, checking out a new one wasn't a problem.
Comments! We want comments! (And by we I mean I. And the other voices in my head.)