By Michaela Thompson
First comes divorce, then comes murder…
…or a minimum of candy suggestions of homicide. Maggie Longstreet has lots of them after slimy, formidable Richard trades her in for a newer version. She’s so depressed she will be able to slightly get off the bed whilst Larry Hawkins, a doubtless not-at-all depressed acquaintance, commits suicide immediately. by surprise Maggie is going on excessive alert, remembering anything her evil ex acknowledged approximately Larry—something hugely suspicious.
And from there, it's only a brief segué to a bracing new development:
“When a few girls get divorced they return to varsity, i presumed. a few do volunteer paintings on the medical institution, or subscribe to communes and discover ways to start calves. a few have affairs with irrelevant males. My new curiosity is housebreaking. Maggie Longstreet, former spouse and mom, prior president of the Museum Guild, now beginning a profession as a second-story woman.”
Fortunately, Maggie isn’t on my own in her adventure—a very appealing, a lot more youthful guy proves much more enjoyable than Richard ever used to be. in reality, the genuine pride of this witty, sly secret is seeing Maggie come alive back after a suffocating marriage. Set in the’70s, it has a little that Mad males believe of girls close to whatever giant. and fully unexpected.
You recognize Maggie’s going to be ok while she says: “I’d really have had a kind of lovely little weapons with a mother-of-pearl deal with, yet this (diamond pin) must do. I hid it in my hand. not less than now i used to be armed—or pinned.”
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Er wusste nicht, warum sich von allen Bildern gerade jenes in sein Gedächtnis eingebrannt hatte. Ein gewisser Trotz lag auch jetzt in Valerie Weymanns Haltung, der Art, wie sie ihre Schultern hielt und den Kopf. Als sich ihre Blicke begegneten, verlor sich dieser Eindruck jedoch. Ein Lächeln huschte über ihre Züge. «, sagte er. Bei ihrem Abschied vor achtzehn Monaten waren sie formlos zum Du übergegangen. Ihr Lächeln vertiefte sich. « Er betrachtete sie eingehend. Es schien ganz so, als hätte die Zeit die Spuren getilgt: die Schatten, die Angst.
Nervöse Blicke streiften sie. An der Rezeption griff eine der jungen Damen, die dort saß, sofort zum Telefon. �Wie schön, dass wir bereits erwartet werden«, bemerkte Wetzel spöttisch, der ebenfalls mit von der Partie war. « Mayer war nicht überrascht. Er kannte Gerwin Bender gut genug, um zu wissen, dass sie eine harte Nuss zu knacken hatten. Deswegen war er schließlich hier. Der Aufzug brachte sie in den dritten Stock und gab den Blick frei auf eloxiertes Metall, getönte Scheiben und einen Teppichboden, der jedes Geräusch schluckte.
Unangenehmes Schweigen folgte den scharfen Worten des Offiziers. Er war dafür bekannt, dass er kein Blatt vor den Mund nahm, doch Mayer schätzte ihn genau wegen dieser Geradlinigkeit. Er nickte dem Oberst zu, während er seinen Laptop aufklappte und den angeschlossenen Beamer einschaltete. « Alle Anwesenden wandten sich den Bildern zu, die das Gerät auf die weiße Wand projizierte: die karge Landschaft um Kundus; ausgebrannte Fahrzeugwracks; Einschlaglöcher von Geschossen; Detailaufnahmen von zerfetzten Seitenwänden der gepanzerten Wagen.
Paper Phoenix: A Mystery of San Francisco in the '70s by Michaela Thompson