By Sue Grafton
Whilst Laurence Fife was once murdered, few mourned his passing. A favorite divorce legal professional with a name for single-minded ruthlessness on behalf of his consumers, Fife was once additionally rumored to be a devoted philanderer. many people within the picturesque southern California city of Santa Teresa had a cause to wish him useless. together with, concept the law enforcement officials, his younger and lovely spouse, Nikki. With purpose, entry, and chance, Nikki used to be their number-one suspect. The jury idea so, too.
Eight years later and out on parole, Niki Fife hires Kinsey Millhone to determine who fairly killed her past due husband.
A path that's 8 years chilly. A path that reaches out to enfold a sour, prosperous, and foul-mouthed outdated girl and a tender boy, born deaf, whose reminiscence can't be depended on. A path that results in a attorney defensively unswerving to a lifeless partner--and disarmingly beautiful to Millhone; to an ex-wife, courageous, lucid, lovely--and nonetheless indignant over Fife's betrayal of her; to a not-so-young secretary with too excessive a wage for too few skills--and too many accounts left owing: the path twists to incorporate all of them, with Millhone following each flip until eventually it eventually twists again on itself and she or he unearths herself face-to-face with a killer crafty sufficient to break out with homicide.
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And now look at me, he thought. He was pushing fifty sitting behind his desk, his gut falling farther and farther over his belt every day. His hair, which he’d always kept at military length, was nearly gone on top. His barber still passed the clippers over his crown, but it was more a courtesy than a necessity, and Mac suspected the man would have dispensed with all pretense if he hadn’t been so afraid. Was this really what Mac had fought and clawed so hard to get? ” a female voice called from across the roomful of desks.
He looked to be seven or eight years younger than Finn—late twenties or 21 DAVID HOSP early thirties from the look of him—and his face seemed familiar, but Finn could put neither a name nor a context to it. “Scott Finn,” the man said. ” Finn nodded and held out his hand without a word. “From Howery, Black,” Dobson continued. ” “Of course,” Finn said, feigning recollection. ” Dobson nodded. “Once at a firm dinner. ” “Well, there was usually a fair amount of drinking at those dinners,” Finn said.
If you were a third-year when I left, you must be a fifth-year now. ” It was a targeted poke at the lack of responsibility junior associates were given at large firms, and Dobson’s expression told Finn it had struck its mark. “I’ve been dealing with a pro bono matter” was all he said. ” Before Finn could respond, Slocum and his lawyer came around the corner. Slocum saw Finn and headed straight for him, like a journeyman heavyweight coming out of his corner at the sound of the bell. Dumonds put a hand in front of his client as if to restrain him, but the size differential between the two was too great for the gesture to have any impact.