By John D. MacDonald
(Originally released in 1954. This variation has an advent by way of Dean Koontz.)
A tv superstar wilting less than the limelight. An adman with a stiff top lip. A emerging long island artist. A determined housewife. All are sufferers of a merciless puppet master—and now, in John D. MacDonald’s riveting whodunit, one in every of them is a killer.
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Like I said, Mia had been living with their cousin. Apparently this Cynthia was something of a bridge between the sisters—she had visited them often as a child, and they both loved her. When Mia went to live with Cynthia, Gia turned her back on both of them. After Horace’s stroke, Mia wanted to come home to visit her dad at the nursing home. When Gia said no, Cynthia decided to intercede. She drove across the country and appeared on Gia’s doorstep to plead for a reconciliation between the two sisters.
Closer even than regular sisters in some ways. I can’t imagine Mia killing Gia. ” “So besides you, the Angel of Mercy, and Mia, are there any other suspects? ” “Well, like I said, it’s always possible—although less likely now—that some outsider wanted to gain control of the company for political or economic reasons. But, ironically, the series of scandals hitting that family has probably ruined the company’s reputation, at least temporarily. ” Suzannah held up her hand, palm forward. “I can’t absorb much more for the moment.
They’ve got a coffee bar in the lobby, if you want to meet there. Or if you want me to come to your office, that’s fine, too. ” Suzannah hesitated, imagining the commotion if she showed up at her dignified law firm with a sexy, swaggering FBI agent when she was supposed to be on vacation. The women would be impressed. Her senior partner? Probably not so much. At least not without some well-executed preparation. “The coffee bar sounds good. I’ll meet you there. Take a few minutes to gather up whatever you need to brief me.