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IRA LEVIN'S NOVELS

    

    A Kiss Before Dying-1953

    Rosemary's Baby-1967

    This Perfect Day-1970

    The Stepford Wives-1972

    The Boys from Brazil-1976

    Sliver-1991

    Son of Rosemary-1997 son of

    

SON OF ROSEMARY

THE SEQUEL TO

    

ROSEMARY'S BABY

    

IRA LEVIN

    

A BUTTON BOOK

    

BUTTON

    

    Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Books USA Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, U.s.a. Penguin Books Ltd, 27 Wrights Lane, London W8 5TZ, England Penguin Books Australia Ltd, Ringwood, Victoria, Australia Penguin Books Canada Ltd, 10 Alcom Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    

M4V 3B2

    

    Penguin Books (n.z.) Ltd, 182-190 Wairau Road, Auckland 10, New Zealand Penguin Books Ltd, Registered Offices:" Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England First published by Dutton, an imprint of Dutton Signet, a division of Penguin Books USA Inc. First Printing, September, 1997

    

    Copyright [*copy] Ira Levin, 1997 All rights reserved

    

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

    

    Lyric excerpts of "Let's Face the Music and Dance" by living Berlin, copyright [*copy] 1935, 1936 by Irving Berlin. Copyright renewed. International copyright secured. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Lyric excerpts of "Change Partners" by Irving Berlin, copyright [*copy] 1937, 1938 by Irving Berlin. Copyright renewed. International copyright secured. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Lyric excerpts of "Blue Skies" by Irving Berlin, copyright [*copy] 1927, by Irving Berlin. Copyright renewed. International copyright secured. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Lyric excerpts of "Isn't This a Lovely Day" by Irving Berlin, copyright [*copy] 1935 by Irving Berlin. Copyright renewed. International copyright secured. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Lyric excerpts of "Cheek to Cheek" by Irving Berlin, Copyright [*copy] 1935 by Irving Berlin. Copyright renewed. International copyright secured. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    

REGISTERED TRADEMARK-MARCA REGISTRADA

    

    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Levin, Ira. Son of Rosemary: the sequel to Rosemary's baby still Ira Levin. people. cm. ISBN 0-525-94374-9 I. Title.

    

PS3523.E7993S66 1997

    

    813'.ed-dc21

    

97-14803 CIP

    

    Printed in the United States of America Set in Trump Mediaeval Designed by Leonard Telesca

    

PUBLISHER'S NOTE

    

    This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise), without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the above publisher of this book. This book is printed on acid-free paper. (so)

    

TO MIA FARROW

    

    "The Bible makes it abundantly clear that Satan is real, and that he is very powerful. He is not a myth, nor is he just a projection of our minds as we attempt to explain the mysteries of evil. He is a malevolent spiritual power whose sole goal is to oppose the work of God." combilly graham Newsweek, November 13, 1995 There may be trouble ahead, But while there's moonlight and music And love and romance- Let's face the music and dance. Before the fiddlers have fled, Before they ask us to pay the bill And while we still have the chance- Let's face the music and dance. comirving berlin "Let's Face the Music and Dance" Follow the Fleet, in manhattan, on the crisp, clear morning of Tuesday, November 9, 1999, Dr. Stanley Shand, a retired dentist twice divorced, leaves his apartment on Amsterdam Avenue for his daily constitutional. Though eighty-nine he walks vigorously, his plaid-capped head erect, his eyes bright. He is buoyed both by good health and a secret, a glorious secret that warms his every waking moment. He has been a participant-indeed, has recently become the last living participant-in a cosmic event thirty-three years in the making that is now within two months of its ultimate fruition.

    At Broadway and Seventy-fourth Street an out-of control taxi shoots across the sidewalk and squashes Dr. Shand against the wall of the Beacon Theater. He dies instantly.f

    In that same instant-a few seconds after 11:03 a.m.- in the Halsey-Bodein Nursing Home in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, the eyes of the patient in Room 215 open. They have been closed all the years the woman has been at H-B-since nineteen-seventy-something, as long as anyone there can remember.

    A wizened black nurse massaging the woman's right arm shows extraordinary presence of mind. She gulps, draws breath, and goes on massaging. "Hi, baby," she says softly. "Nice to have you with us." The nameplate on her uniform reads clarise; above it hangs an i *ment andy button. Freeing a hand, she gropes for the night- stand, jabs a push button.

    The patient's eyes, staring upward, blink. Her lips purse, shiny with salve. She's in her fifties, pale and fine-boned. Her head, its graying auburn hair neatly brushed, rolls toward the side, her blue eyes pleading.

    "You're going to be fine," Clarise tells her, jabbing the push button, jabbing again. "Don't you worry, you're getting better now." She lowers the woman's arm to the bed. "I'm going to get the doctor," she says. "Don't you worry. Be right back."

    The woman watches her leave. "TIFFANY! Take off them fackin' earphones! Get Atkinson! Two-fifteen opened her eyes! She's awake! Two-fifteen's awake!" *"WS iJsz@lr8*ff less-than tei-9 iat in God's name had happened? She'd been sitting at the desk by the bedroom window, around seven in the evening, while Andy lay on the floor a few feet

    away watching TV. She was typing a letter home about moving to San Francisco, trying not to hear Kukla and Ollie and the damn coven chanting up a storm next door at Minnie and Roman's-and here she was in a sunny hospital room with an IV in one arm and a nurse massaging the other. Was Andy hurt too? Oh God, please not! Had there been some kind of disaster? Why didn't she remember anything

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