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BEAUTY & THE BEAST (A Matthew Hope Novel #3)
BEAUTY THE BEAST - A Matthew Hope Novel #3 Author:Ed McBain Matthew Hope spotted her on North Sabal Beach, one of those fabulous Gulf Coast keys that yearly draw ever more people to condo life in the Sunshine State. She was spectacular, "carved of alabaster, pale white exquisite face framed by ebony cascades of hair, the flesh of her naked breasts almost translucent, lustrous in the hot rays of the sun, ... more »wide hips flaring above the restraining strings of the bikini patch, a shimmering mirage in black and white that came closer and closer, pale gray eyes in that incredibly lovely face, the scent of mimosa as she passed and was gone." That was on Saturday.
On Monday, Michelle Harper came to Hope as a client, Below the short sleeves of her T-shirt, ugly bruises obliterated the whiteness of her arms. Adhesive was taped across the bridge of her nose and both her eyes were discolored, one puffed almost entirely shut. She wantd Hope's help in filing a compaint with the police. She wanted her husband arrested and put away.
On Tuesday,Michelle Harper was found dead on Whisper Key Beach. Her hands and legs were bound wih wire hangers and she had been burned to death. An empty five-gallon gasoline can lay some ten feet from the body.
By four that afternoon, George Harper had been charged with the brutal murder of his wife.
Big, black, and monstrously ugly, George Harper vociferously denied the charge. And somehow, Hope believed him But in committing himself to help Harper, Matthew Hope is drawn into a hall of mirrors filled with lies, sexual perversity, and thrill-seeking corruption.« less