By Jayne Ann Krentz
An exhilarating novel of ardour, homicide, small-town secrets and techniques, and scandal delivered to gentle. Shy, studious Irene Stenson and wild, privileged Pamela Webb have been the easiest of buddies for one brief highschool summer season. Their friendship ended the evening Pamela dropped Irene off at home-and Irene walked in to find her mom and dad' our bodies at the kitchen ground. It was once governed a murder-suicide, and Irene fled the northern California city of Dunsley. yet seventeen years later, whilst Pamela sends a cryptic electronic mail requesting aid, Irene returns to her place of birth to discover her outdated pal has died unexpectedly, abandoning loads of grotesque, unanswered questions. stuck up in a firestorm of determined deceit and long-buried secrets and techniques, Irene is familiar with it will most likely be smarter to only close up and depart Dunsley at the back of back, yet her reporter's instinct-and her personal starvation to grasp the truth-compel her to increase her remain on the neighborhood hotel. much more compelling is the guy who runs the place-a hazel-eyed ex-Marine who is as used to giving orders as Irene is to ignoring them. Luke Danner can see the fear underneath Irene Stenson's convinced exterior-and he's motive on maintaining her. yet he's additionally pushed through passions of his personal, and jointly they'll hazard excess of neighborhood gossip to tackle what occurred to Pamela Webb, and what relatively occurred on that long-ago summer time evening. . . .
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I'm with Miss Stenson. " Sam jerked back around and gave Irene a closer scrutiny. " She braced herself. " He frowned. "I didn't recognize you. You sure have changed. " "I came to see Pamela. " "Took over after Bob Thornhill died," he said absently. He looked through the doorway, a tense, troubled expression creasing his face. " He exhaled deeply a long, world-weary sigh. "Heard she was in town this week. But when I got the call tonight, I hoped there was some mistake. " "It's Pamela," Irene said.
She could do inscrutable, too, she thought. " he asked when it became clear that she wasn't going to fall for the not-so-subtle prompt. What was this about? she wondered. He had barely said two words earlier but now he had suddenly decided to ask some very direct questions. "I'm a reporter," she said. " He sounded amused, and a little surprised. "Could have fooled me. " "You know, I get that a lot," she said. "Those high-heeled boots and that snappy coat are real impressive. It's just that you don't look like one of those scrawny airhead beauty pageant dropouts who read the news on TV" "That would probably be because I work for a newspaper, not a television station or a network," she said dryly "Ah, you're with the print media.
Luke asked, moving toward the sofa. "What are you doing here? " The questions would have to wait. She punched out 911 with shaking fingers. "She's very cold. " He reached down and put his fingers on the woman's throat in a practiced manner. Looking for the pulse, Irene thought. She knew from the way he did it that this was not the first time he had dealt with a body. "Definitely dead," he said quietly. " They both glanced at the empty pitcher on the table. Standing next to it was a small prescription bottle.