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June 10th, 2002, 12:33 PM
I am looking for one specific short story. The story appeared at least ten, maybe 20, years ago, and I read it in the german version of the Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.

The main theme is a private detective, who, after becoming suspicious, finds out that the owner of a coffee shop or restaurant is an immortal (or near-immortal). At the end of the story, she serves him a very special coffee (without his approval), which gives him a chance of becoming immortal too. (Or die in the process). The detective is male, the coffee shop / restaurant owner is female. Only humans are involved, the setting is contemporary earth, probably north america.

The story is NOT 'cautionary tales' by Niven, and it is NOT 'Jungle of Stars' by Jack Chalker. It also is not 'Perchance to Dream' by Sally A. Sellers.

Can anyone help me with this???? Much appreciated!