By Bill Pronzini
The writer of Blue Lonesome, a brand new York instances ebook overview striking ebook, has created one other wonderful novel of suspense. Set in a small, remoted city in Northern California, A desolate tract of Strangers is a fast moving, memorable tale concerning the arrival of a stranger--and the homicide of a pretty, lonely girl.
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Up here and on most of the rest of the lake, there just aren't enough attractions to lure visitors and keep 'em happy. Nevada-style casinos on the Indian rancherias have helped some, but not enough: Pomo County's as far from the Bay Area as Reno and Tahoe. Besides, most of the money the day-trip and weekend gamblers bring in stays in the casinos and goes into Indian pockets. It's not right or fair that whites should suffer while those buggers get theirs, but that's the way it is, no thanks to the goddamn government.
It was his fault as much as mine, but would that matter to him? Would he want to marry me? And if he didn't, what was I gonna do then? Total crap at seventeen. If I was really pregnant. Two missed periods now, and throwing-up sick two mornings this week. Sure I was pregnant. That's what I was thinking when the Porsche pulled in and this huge guy got out of it. I mean, really huge. Pretty old, around forty, with pocks and a scar on his chin and a head like a carved rock. Anthony and Mateo were staring at him, too, and it was plain they didn't like what they saw.
Phony name if I ever heard one. What in hell could he want in a half-dead backwater like Pomo? Zenna Wilson HE SCARED ME half to death. And not just because he startled me, sneaking up as quiet as an Indian or a thief. My flesh went cold when I saw him looming there. He was a sight to give any decent soul the shudders even in broad daylight. I was in the hardware store talking to Ken Treynor. I'd just bought a package of coffee filters, about the only thing I ever buy in the hardware store, really, because Howard gave me a Braun two Christmases ago and Braun coffeemakers take a special filter and Safeway doesn't stock them even though I've asked the manager half a dozen times to put them in so I can pick up a package when I do my regular shopping.