By Nairne Holtz
5 years in the past, Sam O’Connor’s sister Chloe died in ny, simply one other unintended overdose on the Chelsea lodge. yet now, an individual has despatched Sam a mysterious postcard claiming that Chloe really died of gunshot wounds and that she used to be investigating a political conspiracy. Sam has to determine what particularly occurred. As she navigates the twisted path among truth and fable, she is compelled to confront a few tough truths approximately her sister and, extra scary, approximately herself. Nairne Holtz, a author, librarian, and bibliographer, lives in Montreal. this is often her first novel.
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Lemmy pauses to wave the nozzle in Dang’s direction, gushing water onto the tiled walls. “In his country everyone grows pot in their backyard. Powerful shit. Thick like a tree. He bought some here once, and when the guy told him how much it was, Dang thought he was joking. ” Dang is slitting lines of fat from a roll of veal and doesn’t slow his pace when he answers. “In Cambodia everyone smoke, even my grandmother. ” Sam doesn’t understand. ” “Because they been doing it so long they could go to work afterwards.
Two couches are covered in white fur, and the cabinets and shelves are made of glass and steel. Hors d’oeuvres and wine are being served by young waiters in typical hotel attire, complete with cummerbunds. Most of the male guests are well-dressed and in their thirties, forties, and fifties with much younger girlfriends. The girlfriends have the look of professional anorexics and are clad in couture garments: a pair of pants made out of silver buckles, a blue vinyl and chiffon dress. Omar, wearing black leather pants and a neon green mesh shirt, has the appropriate rakish élan while Sam feels like riff-raff in the same black jeans and Bettie Page T-shirt she wore to the interview.
37 — Sam’s insides became her outsides. Did Chloe dislike Steven because he was a man or because he was their stepwhatever? He was scowling at Chloe, which Sam could understand. She, too, felt as if she had just been attacked by Chloe. Sam swung her head in her father’s direction, but his expression was hooded. Any anger he felt he muzzled. ” Then he stood up, took a bowl from the kitchen counter, and began to clean up the olives. As was his way, he declined to play. Chloe slowly lowered her hand, letting more olives tumble onto the floor.