The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

By Donna Tartt

Bestselling writer Donna Tartt returns with a grandly formidable and totally riveting novel of early life, innocence and evil.

The environment is Alexandria, Mississippi, the place one Mother’s Day a bit boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was once chanced on putting from a tree in his parents’ backyard. Twelve years later Robin’s homicide continues to be unsolved and his relations is still devastated. So it's that Robin’s sister Harriet - unnervingly brilliant, insufferably made up our minds, and unduly prompted by means of the fiction of Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson--sets out to unmask his killer. Aided in simple terms via her worshipful buddy Hely, Harriet crosses her town’s inflexible traces of race and caste and burrows deep into her family’s heritage of loss.

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By Donna Tartt

Bestselling writer Donna Tartt returns with a grandly formidable and totally riveting novel of early life, innocence and evil.

The environment is Alexandria, Mississippi, the place one Mother’s Day a bit boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was once chanced on putting from a tree in his parents’ backyard. Twelve years later Robin’s homicide continues to be unsolved and his relations is still devastated. So it's that Robin’s sister Harriet - unnervingly brilliant, insufferably made up our minds, and unduly prompted by means of the fiction of Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson--sets out to unmask his killer. Aided in simple terms via her worshipful buddy Hely, Harriet crosses her town’s inflexible traces of race and caste and burrows deep into her family’s heritage of loss.

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Not by the facts, but by his own instincts. Presumed Guilty 55 Logic, evidence, told him that Miranda Wood was the killer. Why did he have such a hard time believing it? The doubts had started a week ago, in that police station hallway. He’d watched the whole interrogation. He’d heard her denials, her lame explanations. He hadn’t been swayed. But when they’d come face-to-face in the hall, and she’d looked him straight in the eye, he’d felt the first stirrings of doubt. Would a murderess meet his gaze so unflinchingly?

His employees, for instance. ” “Yes. ” She let out a deep breath, as though relieved that the most painful part of her confession was finished. ” “I felt more…betrayed. ” “So for a month you walked around mad at Mr. ” “Sometimes. Mostly I felt stupid. And then he wouldn’t 38 Tess Gerritsen leave me alone. ” She looked up sharply. ” “No! ” She was sobbing now, screaming out her denials. The sound of her own voice echoed like some alien cry in that stark box of a room. She dropped her head into her hands and leaned forward on the table.

No more hysterics since that day at the police station. She looked cool and in control, which is how he’d always remembered her from their childhood. Evelyn the ice queen. “There’s the matter of the fingerprints,” said Tibbetts. ” asked Chase. ” “That’s the problem. The knife handle was wiped clean. Now, that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Here’s this crime of passion, see? She uses her own knife. Pure impulse. ” “She must be brighter than you think,” Evelyn said, sniffing. ” asked Chase. “The suspect herself.

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