By Thomas Perry
“Perry succeeds with useless goal on all fronts. It’s either chilling and soaking up, the correct mix in a thriller.”–New York day-by-day NewsRobert Mallon has lived for ten quiet years in prosperous Santa Barbara, California, while an come across on a seashore with a mysterious younger lady shatters his peaceable, rigorously built existence. regardless of Mallon’s determined makes an attempt, he loses her, and turns into keen about getting to know why. He hires detective Lydia Marks to discover the secrets and techniques of this stranger’s existence, and what they examine propels them right into a terrifying international of sinister secrets and techniques and lethal hatreds. concentrating on Mallon is the grasp hunter Parish, a guy with knowledgeable knowing of evil, who preys on wealthy people’s wants for dominance and revenge. Mallon is drawn right into a deadly fight with this lethal adversary–and then one other, and one other, and one other.
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No,” he said firmly, then caught himself. He couldn’t lie to the police. “Not right away. It was after her nap. We each had a shower, and we ended up in the bath together. It wasn’t anything I intended. ” The intensity of his own reaction suddenly struck him as suspicious. He began to identify the reasons aloud, so he wouldn’t sound defensive. “She was attractive, but she seemed to me to be around twenty-five, and I’m forty-eight. I thought I must have struck her as ancient. Besides, I assumed she must be emotionally …” He searched for a word, and came up with “unhealthy.
Now, Mr. Mallon. ” “I didn’t,” said Mallon. “I don’t even know her name. I pulled her out of the ocean the other afternoon. ” Detective Fowler squinted at him as though he were having difficulty hearing what Mallon had said. Mallon went on. ” He paused. ” Mallon told him the story. He did not leave out the way it had felt to try to maneuver the young woman away from the ocean, to manipulate her into letting him take her to the hospital, and then to fail. ” His questions seemed intended to be polite, to make it easier for Mallon to talk, but Mallon knew they were more than that.
Now he did, and he could also see that never bringing a telephone with him had been stupid. He didn’t tell her he had no car with him, because he was afraid to upset the fragile hold he still had on her. He kept walking, moving steadily to get to the stairway. He had a very strong intuition that if he got her off the beach, she would be out of immediate danger and his responsibility would end. At last they reached the wider stretch of beach, where the cliffs were lower and the steps zigzagged upward to street level.
Dead Aim by Thomas Perry