FIVE O CLOCK SHADOW by SUSAN SLATER
From an author described by Kirkus as "lively, surprising"
comes Five O'Clock Shadow with its puzzler of a plot tied
to colorful New Mexico. As the great balloon bearing the
image of a clock swoops across the River Grande, Pauly
Caton watches her husband of four days fall from the sky.
Who is the naked child who scrambles from the gondola when
it strikes a sandbar and flees? Did she just imagine it?
Why would he have been up with Randy and the pilot on the
honeymoon ride she was too chicken to join? Who, in fact,
was meant to die? And meant to die it was—her hastily
snapped photos of the scene show a masked sharpshooter
stationed high up in a tree. As Pauly tries to put her
shattered life together, she discovers the lies. The first
in the morgue. How else had Randy deceived her? Had he told
her anything that was the truth? Were his partners in their
get-rich company any more honest? Pauly knows she hadn't
signed any of the documents the lawyer presents to her.
Maybe she'll insist on becoming an active partner. Pauly's
flamboyant Grams, the much-married carnival queen, offers
her only grandchild a place to recover, a retreat on
Albuquerque's west side that's home to fifty odd folks
complete with clowns, a handsome tattoo man—and the snakes.
And then Pauly finds out she's rich—money that she swears
could not have been Randy's. Where did he get it? Who was
the son he apparently adopted? A trip to El Paso uncovers
more mysterious acts and points her towards the truth. But
will she live long enough to find it? Susan Slater reveals
the same sharp offbeat plotting skills, the zest for
language, and colorful scenes that marked her caper Flash
Flood where "troubles build like thunderheads over New
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