Earthquakes and their aftershocks fill the background of this carefully crafted Los Angeles-based mystery in which the protagonists try to cope with the seismic faults riddling their emotional terrain. Investment advisor Iris Thorne, last seen in Slow Squeeze (1994), built her success on intelligence and relentless ambition, but her chic appearance and rapid-fire wit cover a past that still disturbs her. At the age of 14, during the 1971 San Fernando quake, she witnessed a murder and its subsequent coverup. Some of those involved-the wealthy and dysfunctional land-owning DeLacey family; her own continually bickering parents; two corrupt and brutal policemen-come together 25 years later, following another quake. The present turmoil is organized around a bitter political battle in which Iris's eyewitness account of those earlier events could make a decisive difference. Iris also has strong evidence to suggest that Bill DeLacey, now L.A.'s biggest slumlord, has murdered his wife. A deftly characterized supporting cast of aging hippies, smarmy businessmen and an ex-lover gives texture to this tightly knit, unpredictable tale. With her bold moral compass, her appealing in-your-face attitude and unsettled romantic life, Iris is a compelling heroine.
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Back in the days of the great earthquake of 1971, more than Los Angeles was falling apart. After somebody killed crusty landowner Gabriel Gaytan with hammer and pickax, Gabe's cousin Humberto de la Garza, the police suspect, died in police custody, leaving Gabe's weak-minded daughter Dolly, already under the thumb of her slumlord husband Bill DeLacey, to inherit his ranch. Now the earth is trembling again, and this time the DeLacey family fortunes are too. Addled Dolly is dead, an alleged suicide, right after finding a will in Bill's favor she doesn't remember writing, and making a desperate phone call to Iris Thorne, the daughter of onetime DeLacey handyman Les Thorne, for help. So Iris, who ought to be looking at great days ahead--a promised promotion in her financial counseling firm, a couple of interesting new men in her life--ends up peering down the well of her own past, trying to get in touch with Bill's wayward daughter Paula in time for the funeral and wondering which of the two candidates for the city council--Bill's son Thomas, one of those interesting new men, or incumbent Gil Alvarez, the cop turned lawyer who covered up Humberto's fatal beating--has more to hide. In fact, Pugh's real achievement here is making every single person Iris is attached to look suspicious and guilty. Slower, deeper, and altogether richer than Iris's breezy first two adventures (Slow Squeeze, 1994, etc.). Who says you can't go home again? -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
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