Everybody died at night.
Note: intriguing opening line.
But there are always some awake in the small times of the morning—the lovemakers, for instance, the night workers, the ones with stone-hard beds or aching backs, the ones with nagging consciences or bladders, the sick.
Note: a list. i like lists.
Note: avorite word already
This was a homing coat that now would flee, as loyal and cunning as a dog, to rejoin the tall man who had traded it and no doubt would trade it many times again, exchanging death for apple juice.
Note: great sentence that is perfectly suited to this context and this context only.