Lastly, this line made me think of my favorite drinker of Scotch whiskey:
"It was gratifying to see that the American had finally learned to drink his whiskey decently. In the past year Owens had broken Murray of the need to put ice in everything. It was shameful to contaminate single-malt Scotch whiskey."
I think I'll read one more chapter before going to bed. Having time to read is the only thing that makes me grateful for being sick.