The Ledge by Stephen King is a masterclass in realistic suspense. I’ve never been forced by a mom boss to circumnavigate a highrise with crazy gusts, but I believe that it would be like this story.
Stan Norris is an Ex-Con now Tennis Pro who is love with a mobster – Cressner’s wife. Stan is a parolee and fell for the mobster’s wife and helped her escape to they could run off together. Unfortunately, Cressner captures Stan and says that he put heroin in Stan’s trunk. He can either go back to prison or circumnavigate a ledge around his high rise. If he succeeds, he gets Cressner’s wife, Twenty-Grand, and freedom. If he fails, he’ll be a pain for the street cleaners.
There’s a reason I joined a land based military branch; heights are not great. Stan does not have these qualms. He agrees and faces freezing wind and a diseased pigeon who starts pecking at his right ankle….yuck. Pigeons are nasty. Side note: they are totally unprotected in any city and state. Therefore, if you’re hungry, feel encouraged to take one out and braise it!
He manages to get around the building and back inside, but Cressner is waiting for him and slightly broke the deal.
The story reads like an anecdote or almost a confession. I highly recommend reading the story or listening to the John Glover audiobook performance.