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Summertime by Liz Rigbey

Summertime (2002)

by Liz Rigbey

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399150943, Hardcover)

Just published in England, Summertime is racking up stunning reviews. With rights sold throughout Europe, readers on both sides of the Atlantic have a treat in store, especially those who recall Rigbey's arresting debut, Total Eclipse.

In Summertime, Lucy Schaffer's sane, safe life-an existence she has built to escape a painful past-suddenly falls apart when she learns of the death of her father. Authorities in Northern California say her beloved father was probably murdered, his body dumped in the sea. In this rude, unsettling homecoming, she must dive into the deep waters of her past to make sense of this recent horror and solve her father's murder. But what she remembers is foggy, incomplete, and contradictory. As she uncovers the deceptions surrounding her family's legacy of madness and murder, Lucy is forced to face the most chilling memories of her childhood: her mother's insanity, her baby brother's drowning, and the loss of her own son.

Summertime is a hypnotic suspense of a high order and marks the return of one of most daring and creative new novelists of suspense.

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"When aging, balding copyeditor Ernest "Sparky" Hemingway (no relation) gets a call from the daughter of his Vietnam buddy George Washington (also no relation), he is faced with a choice. He can head to Minneapolis to help her out of a jam or hang up the phone - and this phone call has the potential to turn Sparky's life upside down. He's managed to erect a pretty effective cocoon around himself over the last few years, and no amount of aggravation (or thoughts about his long-gone ex-wife) can get through his very carefully nurtured shell. He's very comfortable living (well, maybe just existing) in the little North Dakota town of Hardwood, filled with its decidedly odd folks who just do what they have to in order to get along, where everybody knows everybody else's secret but pretends they don't. He's left alone, and that's the way Sparky likes it.". "But you don't walk away from a promise. Especially when that promise was made to somebody who pulled your butt out of more unfriendly and friendly fire than a hailstorm of June bugs. You don't ask, you just do." "His fellow vet buddy Doc Holliday (you guessed it, no relation) meets him in Minneapolis and tosses him a .45, which comes in handy when they run into a hard time with some gangbangers who are after the girl in question. They rescue Washington's teenage daughter, Tenishia, and Doc and Sparky split up, Sparky taking Tenishia and her cat back to his place.". "Between dealing with the aforementioned gangbangers, the Minneapolis police, who are hassling Sparky, Doc's brain tumor, and the mostly white town Sparky lives in taking umbrage at the color of Tenishia's skin - not to mention having to haul a four-months-pregnant neighbor and her baby to his house for safety during a blizzard - Sparky thinks he's handling himself pretty well. And then things start to get weird."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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