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By John Grisham

Until eventually that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had by no means saved a mystery or advised a unmarried lie. yet within the lengthy, sizzling summer time of his 7th 12 months, teams of migrant employees — and very harmful males — got here in the course of the Arkansas Delta to paintings the Chandler cotton farm. And by surprise mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.

A brutal homicide leaves the city seething in gossip and suspicion. a gorgeous younger girl ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless child is born ... and an individual has began furtively portray the naked clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down constitution in sparkling white. And as younger Luke watches the area round him, he unravels secrets and techniques which can shatter lives — and alter his family members and his city forever....

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Those high heels changed everything, lifting her mouth that much closer to kissing range… Alex shook his head, as if to rid it of wayward thoughts. No kissing tonight, no, no, no. No kissing, no touching, no fondling. Nothing. Nada. But she was like a human bag of potato chips. One taste and you couldn‟t stop. Caitlin was standing right in front of him, looking up, while he was giving himself strict orders to behave. ” Her voice was low, almost shy. ” Nothing else would come out. Great. He‟d managed to avoid swallowing his tongue, only to have it stick to the roof of his mouth.

It occurred to him that some women were smart not to use lipstick. Her lips were a very pretty color all their own—a smooth, glistening pale pink. He could kiss her without getting glop on his face. His cock pulsed at the thought of kissing her, diving into that pretty mouth, licking into it… He jerked himself back to reality. Think about something else, he ordered himself. Ratso escaping and Lopez laughing all the way to the bank came to mind, and his cock subsided. “We‟re looking for someone,” he found himself saying.

She stepped out onto the cracked pavement. A bell echoed distantly as Alex pushed down on the heavy brass handle of the hotel‟s front door and shouldered it open. He let Caitlin pass then followed her in. His disapproving gaze took in the peeling wallpaper and cracked flooring. His disapproval turned to fury when he saw that the front desk was unattended, the keys hanging on a plywood board. ” he murmured to Caitlin. “Four forty-six,” she replied. ” Alex reached across the front desk and lifted her key from its hook.

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