The Inheritance by Tom Savage
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“Welcome to Randall House.”

With these words, an ordinary young woman is ushered into a strange new world. Yesterday, she was Holly Smith, living a comfortable, middle class life in Southern California. Today, all that has changed. For Holly Smith is actually Holly Randall, born twenty-four years ago to a woman convicted of a heinous crime, and given up for adoption as an infant. Now, the mysterious death of a great aunt she never knew has made Holly one of the richest women in America–and heiress to a magnificent Connecticut estate.

In the beautiful mansion above Long Island Sound, they are waiting for her: Uncle John and his imperious wife, robbed of what they believe to be rightfully theirs; the odd, reclusive great uncle, lost in his faded scrapbooks and disturbing memories of dark family secrets; the troubled young woman who roams the estate, murmuring cryptic warnings; the handsome servants’ son to whom Holly is dangerously attracted; and the silent teenage boy who watches Holly’s every move. But who are her friends and who are her enemies?

About Tom Savage

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Tom Savage has published six other books of poems including Political Conditions Physical States (United Artists Books 1993), Processed Words (Coffeehouse Press, 1990) and Housing, Preservation & Development (Cheap Review Press 1988). His book of poems written in Afghanistan in 1970 called From Herat To Balkh and Back Again is forthcoming from O.L.A.A.T. Press. For nine years he was the editor of Tamarind magazine and contributed to it monthly. In the late 1980s he edited Gandhabba magazine and taught a workshop for poets and composers at the Poetry Project in New York. Currently he teaches a poetry workshop for senior citizens at Encore Community Services Center/ The Actor's Chapel/ St. Malachy's Church, New York.
Published August 4, 2013 by Cliffhanger Press. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Among a whole passel of worldly goods that she stands to inherit is the Randall manse, which, from a distance, looks “perfectly innocent.” But “appearances are deceiving,” we’re told.

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That's how Holly Smith of Indio, Calif., learns that she is really Holly Randall, owner of a vast estate in Connecticut and assorted extras adding up to a $600 million fortune.

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