By Sue Grafton
"M" is for cash. plenty of it. "M" is for Malek building, the $40 million corporation that grew out of modest soil to turn into one of many huge 3 in California development, one of many few nonetheless in relations hands."M" is for the Malek kin: 4 sons now nearing center age who stand to inherit a fortune—four males with very diverse outlooks, temperaments, and wishes, associated purely through blood and funds. Eighteen years in the past, certainly one of them—angry, , and in trouble—went missing."M" is for Millhone, employed to track that lacking black sheep brother."M" is for thoughts, none of them chuffed. The sour stories of an embattled family members. This prodigal son will locate no welcome at his family's desk. "M" is for malice.And in brutal final result, "M" is for homicide, the all-too-common consequence of familial hatreds."M" is for malice . . . and malice kills.
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I reach into the drawer, slide out a wicked knife, and whittle a half-inch away from all four sides of the cake. Precisely. Like a surgeon amputating someone’s arms and legs. I chew thoughtfully. “Good job,” I hear Old Lady Campbell telling Zack. “Good job,” I say to what’s left of the crumb cake. But why am I uneasy? I have a lot to be uneasy about. And the very worst is Diglio, with a bomb unburied in his backyard. Bomb. I stand up. The chair tips over and bangs against the refrigerator. I rush down the hall—past the bedroom with Fred in a frenzy—and slam open the studio door.
Ursula’s front lawn, get soaked in the sprinkler, and head for our kitchen door. 54 Chapter 10 Mom is in the backyard with Mary, pruning the rosebush. “Maybe I can save it yet,” she says. ” I don’t stop. ” She wipes her forehead. ” “Learning Bach,” Zack says. I’m almost dancing up and down on the back steps as he launches into Bach’s life story. He’s probably making half of it up. At last we skitter into the kitchen and grab a pair of tuna fish sandwiches to take with us. Linny blocks the hallway.
But now Zack is making pizza eyes at me that fortunately Pop can’t see. For a moment I’m confused. Then I see Pop’s shovel leaning against the wall with his wire cutters, hacksaw, and a loop of rope. I hardly pay attention to the rest of Pop’s talk. I’m trying to think how we’ll explain what we’re doing with 37 that stuff. I decide to meet the whole thing head-on. “We’ll build Steadman a playhouse,” I say. But for once Zack doesn’t get it. ” His voice is desperate. I understand. Following Steadman around will make this the worst summer on record.