Chapter One of the novel by Robert G. Barrett
Despite George Brennan’s running gag about Les Norton getting arrested for breaking into a fifty-dollar bill, then being acquitted because it was his first offence, Les wasn’t all that mean with his money. A bit tight? Maybe. Careful? Definitely. Distrustful? After watching some of the people around him whilst living in Bondi and working at Kings Cross: one hundred per cent. But mean? No. Definitely not. If it was Norton’s turn to shout or he had to spend his money on something necessary, he would. And some of the money he’d come across in his jaunts here and there, Les had certainly spread around. Which, somehow, often came back to him.
The rest of chapter one can be read in the print version or on the Robert G. Barrett website.