By Thomas Perry
“Perry succeeds with useless target on all fronts. It’s either chilling and soaking up, the right combination in a thriller.”–New York day-by-day NewsRobert Mallon has lived for ten quiet years in prosperous Santa Barbara, California, whilst an come upon on a seashore with a mysterious younger girl shatters his peaceable, rigorously built existence. regardless of Mallon’s determined makes an attempt, he loses her, and turns into passionate about gaining knowledge of why. He hires detective Lydia Marks to discover the secrets and techniques of this stranger’s lifestyles, and what they examine propels them right into a terrifying international of sinister secrets and techniques and lethal hatreds. concentrating on Mallon is the grasp hunter Parish, a guy with knowledgeable figuring out of evil, who preys on wealthy people’s wishes for dominance and revenge. Mallon is drawn right into a deadly fight with this lethal adversary–and then one other, and one other, and one other.
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He constructed a mental image of the area ahead and designed a course, so they could walk the two miles to town on streets that never came within sight of the ocean. He sensed in himself the human compulsion to say things, but he resisted. There were too many chances to make a mistake, trigger a painful memory, or offend her. He also had an exact destination in mind, and as it drew nearer, he wanted to avoid the charge that he had spoken just to keep her occupied, to hide the most important information from her.
No, saving her had not been a negligible accomplishment. If she used her life well, saving her might be the most important thing he had ever done. Certainly this extra chance was the best thing he had ever given anyone. He had to preserve it by never letting his attention flag, had to be sure that everything he did now was exactly right, because he could feel that it was like a puzzle solved in the dark, with answers that would help her live, and others that would kill her. He knew he needed to keep the means of suicide away from her.
I can make a fuss and make you look like a creep. I don’t want to reward your kindness like that, but I will if you make me. ” He stopped and took a step backward. ” He pointed. ” He saw her look at the house. It was a two-story brick colonial with white shutters and a green, well-tended lawn. He hoped it looked respectable to her, and that the front windows he had enlarged for light made it seem open enough to be safe. “Come inside,” he said. It was irrational, desperate. ” She followed him up his driveway, while he marveled at the exchange: why he had dared to say it, why she had acquiesced.
Dead Aim by Thomas Perry