Grief stricken over his wife's untimely death, Russell Gerrard's life is on the verge of total shutdown. When his wife's brother is arrested for murder, Russ, steadfast to her memory, pulls himself together and comes to his brother-in-law's aid.Russ suspects a frame-up incited by his brother-in-law putting a million dollar antique carouse he owns up for sale. Many in Sea Gate, a decaying resort, feel the eighty-five year old carousel is the last vestige of the town's glory days. They want to use it as the focal point in Sea Gate's revival.Afraid Russ will expose his corrupt political associates, a racketeer forces a prostitute to attach herself to him as a spy. Celibate for a year, Russ succumbs. He rationalizes, she is only a receptacle to use to expel his pent up desires. Despite trying to avoid it, he develops feelings for the prostitute. Her personality and looks eerily mimic his deceased wife, heightening Russ' distress. How can a hooker compare to his beloved?Despite his personal torment, Russ plods on. He connects all the suspects to the carousel. But he cannot tie the victim to the merry-go-round. He must make the connection to solve the case.
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Published November 25, 2002
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction.