Lifeblood by Penny Rudolph

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Rachel Chavez, a recovering alcoholic, owns and lives in an apartment on the top floor of a parking garage in downtown Los Angeles. She leases parking space and the use of the rooftop helicopter pad to nearby businesses. Tough but vulnerable, she is struggling to stay sober and keep her business financially afloat. She's delighted when the nearby hospital leases parking space for staff, relieving her of financial worries. But her life doesn't become easier. Rachel is horrified when she discovers two unconscious Mexican boys locked in an apparently abandoned van in the garage. She rushes them to the emergency room. Doctors declare one dead on arrival; the other, dehydrated but alive, is admitted to the hospital. But when Rachel checks back the next day, the Medical Center has no record of either child. Wary of the police because of her own checkered past, Rachel's determination to find an explanation becomes an obsession that meshes with a search for her own Mexican roots. It also creates a problem in her relationship with her fiancé, Hank, a workaholic water quality engineer, who wants to marry her when his divorce finally comes through. Rachel, however, isn't certain marriage is for her. With the emotional support of her friends, an eclectic band of misfits and outsiders - Irene, a homeless fortuneteller; Goldie, the big-hearted leader of the late-night cleaning crew of mentally handicapped workers; and Rachel's dad Marty, a compulsive gambler - she searches for answers. Then things become very complicated. And dangerous....

About Penny Rudolph

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Penny Rudolph has worked as a bartender, truck driver, chili picker, science writer, and medical writer. Shes taught high school and college English, creative writing, and journalism.
Published December 26, 2009 by ReadHowYouWant. 329 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror. Fiction

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