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The Hotel: A Week in the Life of the Plaza by Sonny Kleinfield

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ARTHUR Hoyt stood under the shade of a spreading palm. He mopped his sweaty brow, then mashed his handkerchief in his hand and stuffed it back in the jacket of his dark blue suit. He shuffled around the perimeter of the Palm Court, where a resonant humming of business talk and gossip from breakfasters bounced off plants and tables. Hoyt had a stiff-legged walk, and as he walked his watery eyes swept over the lobby.

The director of security was thinking hard about a couple of cases that perplexed him—some American Express traveler’s checks that had been filched from an issuing agent and were turning up in New York hotels, and a five-member team that had been very effectively lifting suitcases from hotel lobbies. He couldn’t think too hard, however, ...

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