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The Anderson Tapes by Lawrence Sanders {Excerpt}

The Anderson Tapes by Lawrence Sanders {Excerpt}

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Newly sprung from prison, professional burglar John Anderson is preparing for the biggest heist of his criminal career. The mark is a Manhattan luxury apartment building with the tony address of 535 East Seventy-Third Street. Enlisting a crew of scouts, con artists, and a getaway driver, Anderson orchestrates what he believes to be a foolproof plan. To pull off the big score, he needs one last thing: the permission of the local mafia, who expect a piece of the action. But no one inside Anderson’s operation knows that the police have recorded their conversations. The New York Police Department has hatched a plot of its own—but even its task force may not be enough to stop such a cunningly planned robbery.

Newly sprung from prison, professional burglar John Anderson is preparing for the biggest heist of his criminal career. The mark is a Manhattan luxury apartment building with the tony address of 535 East Seventy-Third Street. Enlisting a crew of scouts, con artists, and a getaway driver, Anderson orchestrates what he believes to be a foolproof plan. To pull off the big score, he needs one last thing: the permission of the local mafia, who expect a piece of the action. But no one inside Anderson’s operation knows that the police have recorded their conversations. The New York Police Department has hatched a plot of its own—but even its task force may not be enough to stop such a cunningly planned robbery.

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THE ANDERSON TAPES 
By Lawrence Sanders
The resulting recordings became the basis of David Everleigh’s suit for divorce(Supreme Court, New York County) on the grounds of adultery
(Everleigh v. Everleigh,
 NYSC-148532), and transcriptions of the tapes have become a matter of public record,which allows them to be reproduced here. It is of some interest to note that the verdict of the trial judge, in favor of David Everleigh, has been appealed by Mrs. Everleigh’sattorneys on the grounds that David Everleigh did not obtain a court order, and had nolegal right, to implant an electronic surveillance device in Apartment 3B, despite the factthat he was legal owner of the premises in question.It is expected this litigation will eventually reach the Supreme Court of the UnitedStates and will result in a landmark decision.The following is an excerpt from the transcription made from the Peace of Mind,Inc., tape recording made at approximately 1:15
A.M.
on the morning of 24 March, 1968.This is tape POM-24MAR68-EVERLEIGH. Those present, Mrs. Agnes Everleighand John Anderson, have been identified by voice prints and interior evidence.[Sound of door opening and closing.]
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
Here we are … make yourself at home. Throw your coat anywhere.
ANDERSON:
How come a classy place like this don’t have a doorman?
MRS.
 
EVERLEIGH:
Oh, we have one, but he’s probably down in the basement withthe super, sucking on a jug of muscatel. They’re both a couple of winos.
ANDERSON
: Oh?[Lapse of seven seconds.]
ANDERSON:
 Nice place you got here.
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
So
glad you like it. Mix us a drink. The stuff’s over there. Ice inthe kitchen.
ANDERSON
: What’ll you have?
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
Jameson’s. On the rocks. With a little soda. What do you drink?
ANDERSON:
Got any cognac? Or brandy?
MRS. EVERLEIGH:
I have some Martell.
ANDERSON:
That’ll do fine.[Lapse of forty-two seconds.]
ANDERSON:
Here you are.
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
Cheers.
ANDERSON:
Yeah.
 
[Lapse of six seconds.]
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
Sit down and relax. I’m going to take off my girdle.
ANDERSON:
Sure.[Lapse of two minutes sixteen seconds.]
 
 
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
That’s better. Thank God.
ANDERSON:
Are all the apartments in the building like this?
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
Most of them are larger. Why?
ANDERSON:
I like it. Class.
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
Class? Jesus, you’re too much. What do you do for a living?
ANDERSON:
I work on a folding machine in a printing plant. For a supermarketnewspaper. A daily. Their specials and things like that.
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
Aren’t you going to ask me what I do?
ANDERSON:
Do you do anything?
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
That’s a laugh. My husband owns this apartment. We’reseparated. He doesn’t give me a cent. But I do all right. I’m the buyer for a chain of women’s lingerie shops.
ANDERSON:
That sounds interesting.
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH: Go
to hell.
ANDERSON:
Are you lushed?
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
Some. Not enough.[Lapse of seventeen seconds.]
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
I hope you don’t think I make a habit of picking men up off thestreet?
ANDERSON:
Why me?
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
You looked clean and reasonably well dressed. Except for that tie.God, I hate that tie. Are you married?
ANDERSON:
No.
MRS
.
EVERLEIGH:
Ever been?
ANDERSON:
No.
MRS.
 
EVERLEIGH:
Jesus Christ, I don’t even know your name. What the hell’s your name?
ANDERSON:
Another drink?
MRS. EVERLEIGH:
Sure.[Lapse of thirty-four seconds.]
MRS.
 
EVERLEIGH:
I thank you. What the hell’s your name?
ANDERSON:
John Anderson.
MRS.
 
EVERLEIGH:
That’s a nice, clean, neat name. My name’s Agnes Everleigh— Mrs. David Everleigh that was. What do I call you—Jack?
ANDERSON:
Mostly I’m called Duke.
MRS.
 
EVERLEIGH:
Duke? Royalty, for God’s sake. Jesus, I’m sleepy. …[Lapse of four minutes thirteen seconds. At this point there is evidence (notadmissible) that Mrs. Everleigh dozed off. Anderson wandered about the apartment(supposition). He inspected the intercom system connected to the bells and themicrophone in the lobby. He inspected the locks on the windows. He inspected the lock on the front door.]
MRS.
 
EVERLEIGH:
What are you doing?
ANDERSON:
Just stretching my legs.
MRS.
 
EVERLEIGH:
Would you like to stay the night?

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