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By Charlaine Harris

Former ny urban version Nickie Callahan is asking ahead to the straightforward lifestyles whilst she strikes to the sleepy university city of Knolls, Tennessee. however the girls of Knolls aren't secure. And as Nickie will get swept up in a string of brutally violent crimes, she needs to take issues of justice into her personal fingers.

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Some of the arrogance was missing in the way she stood and held her head; it had been pared off by the divorces. Some of the self-conscious power vested in me by my face had been knocked off my shoulders. Mimi was not so wild and willful. She was not so trusting, either. I was less defensive; and I knew now I would never conquer the world. I don’t know what Mimi was thinking during that long moment. Maybe her thoughts were traveling the same road as mine. But somehow I was convinced that she saw us as we used to be; not as we were.

I got the feeling that perhaps I should edge away. Stan was obviously more than a little aggravated with Barbara. She accepted his irritation as just. “You’re right, that was dumb. Nell’s his little girl, Theo’s only child,” she explained to me. ” “He doesn’t like to talk about it at all. It was really stupid of me to ask. But Ido want to know how she’s getting along and show some concern. ” Bewildered by the abrupt change of subject, I nodded. ” I said in amazement. “Well, a brother anyway,” Barbara said.

When Stan returned with two full glasses, I took my leave and began circulating through the crowd. Mimi made her way toward me with a man in tow. He was tall and solid, with heavy blunt features and a sensuous mouth. Her face looked more alive, more animated, than it had since I’d come home. “Nickie, this is Charles Seward, young lawyer-about-town,” she said lightly. ” But I noticed that while one small hand lay relaxed on his arm, the other hand at her side was clenched in a tight fist. She was afraid I’d judge him as harshly as I’d judged the others.

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