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A Man and His Mountain by Edward Humes

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Chapter 5

Joe Goodguy of the Berkeley PD

At Berkeley, where Jack and Jane first met and their friends dubbed them the ideal couple, a pairing built to last, Jackson’s fraternity brothers had a slightly different take on their friend: they nicknamed him the Ghost—the man who was never there. Whenever there was a beer bust, a dance, or a frat-house bull session, he would be there one minute, then gone the next. His friends would turn to where he had been sitting, only to find he had slipped off to work or to cram for a test or to catch a few extra hours of sleep or to report for ROTC training. He was the Ghost. Pleasant, everyone thought, fun even, when he could be nailed down. But mostly Jack Jackson just wasn’t there. Overloaded, overworked, ...

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