By Dorie McCullough Lawson
The summer season of 1995 marks Kate Colter's 15th yr within the small city of Hayden, Wyoming. a brand new Englander at center, Kate loves her husband and daughter and is keen on her friends. but, privately, she feels disconnected from the folks round her. Then alongside comes Tom Baxter. Her mother-in-law's new suitor from "back East," Tom instantly attracts Kate in together with his mild attraction and interesting dialog, like a bit piece of the house she so misses. yet inconsistencies in his tales are piquing Kate's curiosity—and a sequence of unusual and suspicious occasions is prime her to a terrifying end that can perpetually shatter her lifestyles and the lives of these she loves.
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Those old girls drove all the way to Florida once with a hitchhiker hanging on the outside of the car. ” Lorraine smiled, but I don’t think she had the picture in her head, nor did she have any idea how far away Florida is from Ohio. Then she jumped in and said, “Oh, Tom. There’s Betty, from work. ” I think it was soon after that I started in on Tom. I know I held myself back for a while, waiting to see if George might ask Tom a few questions, particularly since Tom asked so many of him at the parade.
Poor, poor Chuck was devastated and all public sympathy was with him. Then a few months later, he shocked everyone by jumping to his death from the Tobin Bridge. It turned out there was no carjacker. He, Charles Stuart, murdered his wife and their baby. He’d planned the whole thing and even conspired with his brother, who was waiting at the appointed intersection in Mission Hill to catch a bag with wallets, jewelry, and the gun after Charles himself fired the shots. I can’t say Joanie’s and my interest in the underworld arises from a concern for something greater, like justice, nor does it come from something emotional or psychological within either one of us, like a deep-seated fear of evil, for instance.
Everyone was in a grand mood and the ice cream stand was open. Tom peeled a five-dollar bill off a sizable wad of cash he pulled from his front pocket. I wondered about a thin white scar trailing across the back of his hand and up under his cuff. He handed the money to Clara and told her to go buy the biggest cone they would make her. I nodded my approval when Clara looked my way. ” The conversation moved easily from topic to topic. Tom said he wanted to see the Custer Battlefield and asked how far away it was.
Along Comes a Stranger: A Novel by Dorie McCullough Lawson