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There’s an excellent reason this story does not begin in a bar. There are only two such establishments close to Bennett Tripp’s home in the now-famous college town of South Chester, New York, and he was not about to patronize either.
One, Seventh Heaven, was owned by the woman with whom his wife and child had just taken up residence. The other, Rick’s Place, had long before permanently offended the one person on earth he could always count on, his brother Will.
That evening Bennett was counting on Will more than ever. Earlier, hearing the sound of Bennett’s voice on the phone, Will had announced he was dropping everything and heading over.