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A Breach of Promise (William Monk, Book 9) by Anne Perry

By Anne Perry

In a sensational breach of promise go well with, filthy rich social climbers are suing on behalf in their attractive daughter, Zillah. The defendant is Zillah's alleged fiancé, awesome younger architect Killian Melville, who adamantly pronounces that he'll now not, can't, marry her. totally baffled by way of his client's refusal, Melville's counsel, Sir Oliver Rathbone, turns to his previous comrades in crime--investigator William Monk and nurse Hester Latterly. yet at the same time they scout London for clues, the case abruptly and tragically ends. An consequence that no one--except a ruthless murderer--could have foreseen.

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Should she flee from the world and retreat with Jerry into a convent? It wasn’t impos­ sible; she must always have been prepared to do that, but first she risked one last folly, the Michael Fish escapade. Or should she just swallow the contents of a container of sleeping pills, of the empty bot­ tle that Lieutenant Popov filmed in close-up on the bedside table by the headless corpse? Had her assailants attacked her body when she herself P O S S E S S I O N S was already gone? But who? And why? Or had she been sound asleep, unconscious, stupefied, incapable o f resistance, but aware, in the depths of her toxic slumber, of the aggressors’ hatred?

T h e years go by, and the sand, a vast and hopeless solitude, still relies only on itself. Until one day a friend o f no particular consequence offers to save you time by parking your car for you, or a neighbor you hardly know says, for no special reason, that she ’11 look after Je rry for a few hours. Then 48 P O S S E S S I O N S suddenly the sand sees that it has been piling up for ten years on a dead planet, w hile all the time, som ewhere else, close by, there w as another life that w as simple and possible.

In the end she heard he’d died of an overdose in some Indian ashram where he’d been living with an old mistress, whether ancient or former wasn’t clear. My friend had met this news with the indifference that had been typical o f her for I don’t know how long— a neutrality just tinged with arrogance. But this didn’t stop her making a confidante o f me whenever I was around. Indifference, whether true or assumed, lets a person speak o f what’s impossible as if it were nothing out o f the ordinary.

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