By Elizabeth Lowell
Former U.S. Senator Quintrell is useless. His son, New Mexico's governor, is getting ready his run for the top political workplace within the land. And darkish kin secrets and techniques are approximately to blow up with the devastating strength of a Southwestern earthquake. An eccentric Quintrell aunt has invited genealogist Carolina "Carly" could to their Taos compound to collect a list of the illustrious relatives. yet digging into the earlier is elevating troubling questions on a would-be president's deepest lifestyles . . . and the grisly highway crime that left his drug-addicted sister lifeless. As a dismal global of twisted passions and depravity slowly opens up prior to Carly, there is not any one whom she dares belief -- possibly least of all Dan Duran, a perilous, haunted enigma who is tied to the Quintrells' background. yet she is going to want an best friend to outlive the poor mysteries a father carried to the grave -- simply because following the bloodlines of the robust could be a bloody company. and a few useless secrets and techniques can kill.
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She glanced around at the shadowy corners and aisles between storage cabinets. “You need a big cat. ” “Especially in town. ” Dan went down an aisle and along the far wall. Twice he bent down, ﬁddled with something she couldn’t see, and then stood up again. ” Carly asked. ” When he came back, two big dead rats dangled by their naked tails from his left hand. “Yuck,” Carly said. “At least mice are cute. ” “It’s late to be catching rats. Usually they come in after the ﬁrst hard freeze. ” He glanced at the computer.
Dan glanced at John. His father had a worn, unhappy look on his face, the same look that came every time the subject of the Senator arose. How can Dad stand living with her pain, with the ingrained fear of the past that lives beneath her silence? For some people, time healed. For his mother, time made everything worse. Abruptly Dan stood up, tired of dodging around family taboos and ignoring the dark, bitter currents that ﬂowed deep beneath his mother’s quiet surface. His leg protested the sudden change of posi- 18 ELIZABETH LOWELL tion, but held with little more than a sharp reminder of injury.
An unopened copy of today’s newspaper lay on a low coffee table in front of the chairs. Through a glass door on the right she could see a narrow hallway that presumably led to the newsroom and/or the editor’s ofﬁce. There was barely enough room to swing a cat. Like the old adobe ranch house, this space had been made for people who were smaller than the norm today. “Ms. ” Carly turned from her appraisal of the old building to ﬁnd a much more modern creation. She took him in with the speed of someone who makes a living out of summarizing people.
Always Time to Die: A Novel by Elizabeth Lowell