Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel

By Jonathan Kellerman

The last of the grand previous Fauborg resort in Beverly Hills is a tragic party for longtime buyers Alex Delaware and Robin Castagna, who cross there one final time for cocktails. yet much more poignant—and curious—is a extraordinary younger lady in based clothes and darkish glasses, by myself there and ready in useless. days later, police detective Milo Sturgis comes looking his psychologist comrade’s insights a few grisly murder. To Alex’s surprise, the brutalized sufferer is identical attractive lady whose lonely hours sipping champagne on the Fauborg can have been her final. but if a sordid revelation ultimately cracks the case open, the secrets and techniques that spill out can make Alex and Milo’s most sensible efforts to shut this crime not only very unlikely yet fatal.

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Close-up at the weapon: double-barreled derringer. Side-by-side barrels. Stubby, nasty-looking weapon, the snout slightly lengthy sufficient to increase prior her gloved arms. Close-up on Stu Bretton’s face. cartoon of shock. Close-up on Stu Bretton’s beefcake body, facedown at the mattress, a bloody blotch among his shoulder blades. Close-up on Olna Fremont’s face. stunned. lengthy shot of police officers, uniformed and plainclothed and armed. Olna. appealing, peaceable. The bullet gap centering her delicate, white brow the interval on a last sentence. I stated, “Life imitates paintings yet in basic terms to some extent. They allow you to retain your face. ” Leona reached for the desktop. I drew it out of succeed in, endured to offer her a whole view of the final scene she’d ever filmed. She stated, “Why the hell shouldn’t i'm going get my Glock? ” “I’m certain when you attempted, you’d rating successful. Where’d you study? Kansas? ” She smiled. “Rural existence may be marvelous. And daddies love little ladies desirous to study. do you know gophers explode like little meatballs? ” She rose to her toes, tussled my hair back. Took the time for a more durable yank and studied my response. while I moved to stick her hand, she pulled out of succeed in, flipped her hand like a geisha fan, and slapped my face. Smiling as though she’d pulled off a first-take masterpiece functionality, she glided towards the door. “Unless you’ve bought a demise want, you’ll be long gone while I go back. ” I stated, “Unless you’ve obtained a loss of life want, you’ll cool it with the D-list appearing and watch out. ” She got here towards me, fists at chest point, poised to strike. “Bad concept, Leona. Family’s the glue that holds society jointly. ” She stopped brief yet saved her fingers up. “What the hell is that purported to suggest? ” “It capability you’ve performed at the least something good. these boys of yours get alongside nice. Be a disgrace to alter that. ” One arm dropped, then the opposite. She gazed round her roomful of treasures. Sat back off. acknowledged not anything for some time. Allowed her ideas to take over. no matter what drifted via her brain clouded her eyes. She sat trance-like. For a second i assumed she’d dissociate. She shook herself transparent. “If you will have anything to assert, spit it out. ” “One factor we will agree upon, Leona. The police officers aren’t geniuses. fact is, they’re beautiful constrained intellectually. So occasionally whilst a case will get attention-grabbing, i'm going off alone and observe issues that elude them. ” I shrugged. “Sometimes my discoveries end up ecocnomic. ” “Ah, the inevitable,” she stated. “You’re a whore yet a luxurious one. ok, let’s get all the way down to enterprise: What do you think that you may comprehend and what kind of are you fantasizing you may get for it? ” “A whore? ” I acknowledged. “I’d prefer to reflect on it as freelance making an investment. ” “Think what you will want. unfold your legs and let’s get it over with. ” I enable her stew a few extra. whilst her neck tendons grew inflexible, I acknowledged, “One factor I discovered from this situation is that existence relatively does imitate paintings. when you can name what you used to do artwork. the 1st time we met you i discovered you attention-grabbing, so I did a little analysis. discovered approximately that fall you took from a horse 5 years in the past.

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