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By Michaela Thompson

First comes divorce, then comes murder…

…or a minimum of candy strategies of homicide. Maggie Longstreet has lots of them after slimy, bold Richard trades her in for a more moderen version. She’s so depressed she will be able to slightly get up and about while Larry Hawkins, a doubtless not-at-all depressed acquaintance, commits suicide suddenly. by surprise Maggie is going on excessive alert, remembering whatever her evil ex stated approximately Larry—something hugely suspicious.

And from there, it's only a brief segué to a bracing new development:

“When a few girls get divorced they return to college, i presumed. a few do volunteer paintings on the health facility, or subscribe to communes and discover ways to beginning calves. a few have affairs with beside the point males. My new curiosity is housebreaking. Maggie Longstreet, former spouse and mom, prior president of the Museum Guild, now beginning a profession as a second-story woman.”

Fortunately, Maggie isn’t by myself in her adventure—a very appealing, a lot more youthful guy proves much more enjoyable than Richard ever was once. in truth, the true pride of this witty, sly secret is seeing Maggie come alive back after a suffocating marriage. Set in the’70s, it has a little that Mad males think of girls on the point of whatever giant. and entirely unexpected.

You recognize Maggie’s going to be ok whilst she says: “I’d quite have had a type of lovable little weapons with a mother-of-pearl deal with, yet this (diamond pin) must do. I hid it in my hand. at the least now i used to be armed—or pinned.”

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Most people won’t do that. They see people running, screaming, they head the other way—it’s instinct—but a good photographer stays where he is. He waits for the image. And if “the image” is a tidal wave? Burke laughed. It helps to be a good swimmer. But he’d always had second thoughts about photography. Though he’d won a boxful of awards, and covered everything from a gypsy wedding in Siberia to the dragon-boat races in Macao, most of his work revolved around mayhem. An earthquake in Turkey, a mass grave in Kosovo, a beheading in Chop Square.

Hakim said this as if he were explaining the obvious. ” Wilson nodded. “It makes me invisible,” Hakim said. Wilson got it, but he didn’t buy it. After a week in Lebanon, it was obvious that the Arab knew how to enjoy himself, whatever the Koran might say about it. Their second night in Beirut, Hakim had gotten drunk in the bar of the St. Georges Hotel, eventually wandering off with an expensive-looking girl young enough to be his granddaughter. Was that an exercise in cover? Either way, there was no denying Hakim’s commitment to “the cause,” and even to the plan at hand.

At the checkpoint leading to the docks, the driver flipped open a worn wallet and extracted a folded piece of paper, which he handed over for inspection. The guard perused it, carefully refolded it, and handed it back, giving some instructions. They passed a couple of small freighters being unloaded by gantry cranes, then skirted a large structure that looked to be a drydock. And then, there it was: The Marmara Queen. The links that made up the anchor chain were as thick as Wilson’s wrists. It flew the Turkish flag, crescent and star bright white against the crimson background.

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