In Malice, Quite Close by Brandi Lynn Ryder
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A sophisticated mystery debut in which priceless art and unspeakable desires converge

When French expatriate Tristan Mourault becomes enamored with fifteen-year-old Karen Miller, he "rescues" her from her working-class circumstances and stages her death to mask his true crime. Years later, Karen is now "Gisèle" and lives with Tristan in rarefied Devon, Washington. She has married another man to keep up appearances, but when her daughter stumbles upon a secret cache of paintings—all nudes of Gisèle—Tristan's carefully curated world begins to crumble. Set against a byzantine backdrop of greed, artifice, and manipulation—with tantalizing echoes of LolitaIn Malice, Quite Close keeps its most devastating secrets right up until the very last page.


About Brandi Lynn Ryder

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BRANDI LYNN RYDER lives in the heart of Napa Valley. This is her first novel.
Published August 4, 2011 by Penguin Books. 398 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With a narrative leap of 15 years, the book moves to Washington and introduces us to her beautiful and inquisitive daughter Nicola, who thinks Tristan is her Grand-père and Gisele's haunted husband Luke is her father.

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Of course, before long, Gisele wants out of her cage, so she takes other lovers and, through a series of convenient coincidences that involve blackmail and murder, Gisele's past re-emerges, and her long-lost sister, Amanda, now living in Seattle, happens to have some impossibly close and fraught ...

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Song lyrics snippet for Brandi Paige's song - Love On The Fly --- I came around Not knowing any better But I know How to feel something real And now you break it down With tears in your eyes Took...

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