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1. Eat two pork sandwiches, a side order of Brunswick stew, and a cup of gritty black coffee at Foster's Barbecue Hut. Order another cup of coffee to go. 2. Take up your stake-out position in the rear lot of Cooksie's Texaco station looking out over an unmowed meadow toward a one-story frame house. 3. Make your coffee last until sunset, letting the last few drops go down like chilled linseed oil. 4. Watch as someone drives up and parks parallel to the house under the cork elms drooping over the front porch, pausing in the light of the porch light to look up and down the street before knocking, looking right up at Cooksie's for a second. 5. When the big man doesn't see you, let your breath out in a nervous burst. 6. Get out of your car and scamper down the incline behind the service station into the meadow beside the house. Creep around to the back, climb to a rickety screened porch, ease your way through the unlatched door. Step up onto an old railway bench to see what you can see.
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