Charlie Capen’s urge to prepare for a disaster comes from the responsibility he feels as a father and a husband.
1. Here I am at the big-shot local lawyers’ conference, Attorney John Luxton thought. All around him were fortysomething and fiftysomething men with thinning hairlines, sagging jowls, and incipient triple-chins. Their soft bulk had been shoehorned into inexpensive off-the-rack blue suits, giving them the puffed-up appearance of down pillows or cotton candy. Scanning the floor, [...]