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Silent Partner: An Alex Delaware Novel

By Jonathan Kellerman

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At a celebration for a arguable la intercourse therapist, Alex Delaware encounters a face from his personal past—Sharon Ransom, a gorgeous, appealing lover who left him unexpectedly greater than a decade past. Sharon now tricks that she desperately wishes aid, yet Alex evades her. day after today she is useless, an obvious suicide.
 
“A advanced and haunting tale of tangled personalities, deeply buried kinfolk secrets and techniques, and of violence mendacity thinly less than the outside . . . hits the reader correct among the eyes.”—Los Angeles occasions publication Review
 
pushed by way of guilt and unhappiness, Alex plunges into the maze of Sharon’s life—a trip that may take him in the course of the excitement palaces of California’s ultrarich, into the alleyways of the brain, the place youth terrors nonetheless carry sway.

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Changing the receiver, he stated “One minute. ” back, and ran to open the doorways of a white stretch Lincoln. I waited, appeared round. whatever brown and standard stuck my eye: a really pathetic motor vehicle driven to the facet of the line, clear of the others. Quarantined. effortless to work out why: a scabrous Chevy station wagon of senile classic, rust-pocked and clotted with lumpy patches of primer. Its tires wanted air; its rear compartment used to be filled with rolled garments, footwear, cardboard cartons, fast-food bins, and crumpled paper cups. at the tailgate window used to be a yellow, diamond-shaped decal: MUTANTS ON BOARD. I smiled, then spotted that the clunker were situated in a manner that avoided go out. A ranking of autos must be moved that allows you to loose it. A fashionably skinny middle-aged coupled climbed out of the white Lincoln and have been escorted to the gate by means of the bearded valet. He placed the outsized key within the slot, punched a code, and one iron door swung open. Slipping via, I the couple onto a sloping force paved with black bricks formed like fish scales. As I walked previous him, the valet acknowledged, “Hey,” yet with out enthusiasm, and made no attempt to prevent me. whilst the gate had closed after him, I pointed to the Chevy and stated, “That brown station wagon—let me let you know whatever approximately it. ” He got here up subsequent to the wrought iron. “Yes? What? ” “That automobile is owned via the richest man at this social gathering. deal with it well—he’s been identified to provide large counsel. ” He swiveled his head and stared on the station wagon. i started jogging. whilst I seemed again he used to be enjoying musical vehicles, making a clearing round the Chevy. 100 yards previous the gate the eucalyptus gave approach to open skies above a golfing course-quality garden trimmed to stubble. The grass was once flanked by way of ramrod columns of barbered Italian cypress and beds of perennials. The outer reaches of the grounds have been bulldozed into hillocks and valleys. the top of the mounds have been on the farthest reaches of the valuables, capped by way of solitary black pines and California junipers pruned to seem windswept. The fish-scale force humped. From over the crest got here the sound of music—a string part enjoying anything baroque. As I neared the pinnacle I observed a tall previous guy wearing butler’s livery strolling towards me. “Dr. Delaware, sir? ” His accessory fell someplace among London and Boston; his positive factors have been gentle, beneficiant, and pouchy. His free epidermis used to be the colour of canned salmon. Tufts of cornsilk rotated a sun-browned dome. A white carnation graced his buttonhole. Jeeves, out of vital casting. “Yes? ” “I’m Ramey, Dr. Delaware, simply coming to get you, sir. Please forgive the inconvenience, sir. ” “No challenge. i assume the valets aren’t built to house pedestrians. ” We stepped over the crest. My eye was once drawn towards the horizon. towards a dozen peaks of eco-friendly copper tile roof, 3 tales of white stucco and eco-friendly shutters, columned porticoes, balustered balconies and verandas, arched doorways and fanlight home windows. A enormous marriage ceremony cake surrounded by way of acres of eco-friendly icing.

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