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Select Editions: 4 Exciting Mysteries, Vol 6, 2005: No Place Like Home / Twisted / False Testimony / This Dame for Hire
Select Editions 4 Exciting Mysteries Vol 6 2005 No Place Like Home / Twisted / False Testimony / This Dame for Hire Author:Rose Connors, Jonathan Kellerman, Mary Higgins Clark, Sandra Scoppettone No Place Like Home, Mary Higgins Clark: — At the age of ten, Liza Barton shot her mother in their New Jersey home while trying to protect her from her violent stepfather. Despite her stepfather's claim that the shooting was a deliberate act, the Juvenile Court ruled the death an accident. — Trying to erase every trace of Liza's past, her a... more »doptive parents changed Liza's name to Celia. At the age of twenty-eight, she married a sixty-year-old widower, and they had a son. Before their marriage, Celia confided the secret of her earlier life. On his deathbed, her husband made her swear never to reveal her past to anyone, so that their son would not carry the burden of this family tragedy.
Happily remarried, Celia is shocked when her second husband presents her with a gift -- the New Jersey house where she killed her mother. On the day they move in, the words BEWARE -- LITTLE LIZZIE'S PLACE have been painted on the lawn.
Determined to prove that she was the victim of her stepfather's psychotic behavior, Celia sets out to gather the evidence. When the real estate agent who sold the house is brutally murdered she is once again branded a killer. As Celia fights to prove her innocence, she is not aware that her life and the life of her son are in jeopardy.
Twisted, Jonathan Kellerman:
The return of Detective Petra Connor. And the introduction of a guy I really like: Isaac Gomez, up-from-the-slums boy genius, accepted to med school and a Ph.D. candidate in bio-statistics at an age when most of his peers are still taking freshman chemistry. Also an all-around virtuous fellow with hardened-steel moral fiber and the obsessive intensity so common in the highly-gifted. Isaac obtains a patronage job at the Los Angeles Police Department?s Hollywood Division, where he is "assigned" to a resentful Petra, and set loose poring over years of homicide statistics. What he discovers in the data, propels him and Petra on a race against time and serial murder.
False Testimony, Rose Connors:
Charles Kendrick, the senior U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, has been named a "person of interest" in the disappearance of his twenty-five-year-old spokesperson, Michelle Forrester. A multistate manhunt is already under way, and DA Geraldine Schilling is pressuring Kendrick for an interview, which his lawyer, Marty Nickerson, doesn't want to grant. Three days later, Geraldine informs him that parts of his story don't check out.
This Dame for Hire, Sandra Scoppettone:
This World War II era mystery is dryly humorous, hard-boiled New York noir with a feminist twist. When Faye Quick's boss, Woody Mason, left to fight World War II, she took over his company, called A Detective Agency so it would be listed first in the phone book. This 26-year-old PI is one feisty, tough-talkin' broad, and so she doesn't flinch when one snowy night, she trips over the dead body of a young woman, Claudette West. Claudette's parents hire Faye to find out who did it, although they've already pinned their suspicions on their daughter's ex-fiance, Richard Cotten. But as Faye investigates, the field of suspects widens considerably.« less