Chilling Effect (Lucinda Hayes Mysteries) by Marianne Wesson

By Marianne Wesson

Boulder legal professional Lucinda Hayes pulls the ugly web page from the fax laptop, now not suspecting it's going to draw her into the repugnant realm of pornographic movie and pit her opposed to the giants of the mainstream movie undefined. Her reluctant contract to symbolize Peggy Grayling, mom of a slain baby, calls for her to arrive out to her legislation companion Tory Meadows and personal investigator Linc Tolkien, yet issues her long-distance love affair with big apple legal professional Sam Holt. because the case unfolds Cinda needs to name upon all her criminal expertise and argue for a brand new realizing of the legislations of loose speech; it additionally forces her to revisit her earlier and face its ghosts. equivalent elements court docket drama, highbrow trip, and personality examine, Chilling influence is Marianne Wesson?’s such a lot provocative Lucinda Hayes secret thus far.

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I’ll even buy. ” 45 M A R I A N N E W E S S O N “What for? We’ll go in my car. Then I can drop you where you’re staying, no problem. ” “I don’t have time to explain right now,” I said. “But I just have to take a taxi. ” He shook his head ruefully and massaged his forearm. “I never met a guy who had less luck understanding women than I do. Okay, how about the Old Town Ale House? ” He pulled out a pen and scribbled on the back of the business card I had given him. “It’s not too far from where you’re staying.

It’s another one of the pictures that sometimes appears in my private Gallery of Horrors, where my imagination occasionally wanders without asking permission. When it does, there she is: Mindy, naked and choking and helpless on a filthy mattress in a porn film studio in the San Fernando Valley, a sound tech’s penis in her mouth, her hands bound with chains. The chains were only props, she told me, but they did the job. We fell silent then. She had nothing more to say, and I couldn’t find the right words to console her, or even be sure that consolation was what she needed.

She paused and turned around to look at me. The sun behind her fired her springy hair to a white heat and I couldn’t see her expression. “He was a football player,” she said again. “You remember what that was like, don’t you? The team needed him to finish the season. I think they won State that year, but by then I was gone. ” I thought of myself at that age, competent at nothing but schoolwork and getting around to the local 32 C H I L L I N G E F F E C T hangouts with my friends. For all my changeling fantasies, I would have been feckless and miserable if I’d had to navigate through an unfamiliar environment.

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