3, Place de Byzance

April 19th, 2011 § 1 comment

“In the days that followed, an investigation was organized. Zaxton worked every night in a somnambulist state, a method he’d personally perfected, which all his colleagues envied, from Sherlock Holmes to Nick Carter, by way of Harry Dickson. He fell asleep at dusk, trusting in the secret mechanisms of his brain, no longer impeded by logic’s false patencies. He set out, sleepwalking, to inspect the premises and question witnesses, writing everything down in his notebook. The only problem was that, writing with his eyes closed, he couldn’t make out what he’d written the next day, and Judith had to rack her brains deciphering the shapeless scribbles sprawled across the pages. When she grew impatient, he found it necessary to justify the legitimacy of his method. ‘Sure, there are drawbacks,’ he’d mutter. ‘But lots of advantages too. You can’t imagine how many people have an easier time confiding in someone who’s asleep. Their consciences are eased by the thought that he won’t remember their confessions when he wakes up. And, well, they’re not far off. That’s why I take notes in my sleep.'”
~ Serge Brussolo, 3, Place de Byzance

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