By Mark Billingham
Ideal strangers. an ideal vacation. the proper murder...Three meet round the pool on their Florida vacation and develop into speedy acquaintances. yet on their final evening, their ideal vacation takes a sad twist: the teenage daughter of one other holidaymaker is going lacking, and her physique is later chanced on floating within the mangroves. whilst the surprised go back domestic, they continue to be involved, and over the process 3 more and more fraught dinner events they arrive to grasp each other larger. yet they don't continuously like what they locate: buried underneath those it sounds as if basic exteriors are a few darkish secrets and techniques, hidden kinks, gruesome vices...Then, a moment lady is going lacking. may perhaps or not it's that the sort of six has a mystery a ways darker than anyone can think? A brilliantly plotted, totally gripping mystery concerning the chance of constructing associates on vacation, Rush of Blood is Mark Billingham's such a lot bold and finished paintings to this point.
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The town used to be no longer stumping up for any type of day by day charges even though, not less than no longer so far as he was once acutely aware, and he was once curious. ‘What are you residing on? ’ ‘I had a few spending cash left,’ she stated. ‘Plus the money that the chief the following raised for me. He’s been very variety, you recognize? Very supportive. ’ ‘Right. ’ ‘’Sides which, I don’t want a lot. ’ ‘It’s going to expire. ’ ‘I understand that, that's why i used to be considering i would get a task. ’ She nodded in the direction of the road. ‘One of the eating places or bars might be. I’ve labored in lots of bars. ’ ‘It’s no good,’ Gardner acknowledged. ‘What isn’t? ’ ‘You must be at domestic, Patti. ’ He leaned in the direction of her. He notion only for a second approximately placing a hand on her arm, then determined to not. ‘You must be round the people who care approximately you. ’ ‘Which humans could they be, Jeff? ’ Gardner knew that neither of Patti’s mom and dad was once just about domestic, that there have been no siblings. He knew that Amber-Marie’s father had lengthy in view that left the image and will now not also be yes that the fellow knew his daughter had long past lacking. ‘There has to be someone,’ he stated. ‘You could imagine. ’ ‘You seeing an individual down the following? ’ the executive on the Brigadoon Suites had informed him a few weeks ahead of guy have been noticeable leaving Patti Lee Wilson’s room on a couple of social gathering. assorted males probably, the executive couldn't ascertain. Gardner had now not been overly involved. He may perhaps infrequently begrudge the girl looking a bit convenience after what she have been via and obviously any guy she had met when you consider that her daughter had disappeared couldn't quite be thought of a suspect. ‘Nobody worthy speaking about,’ she acknowledged. So, no one who should be attracted to taking her again to Atlanta and taking good care of her. both notwithstanding, no one worthy staying in Sarasota for. ‘It’s time so that you can pass, Patti. ’ She swallowed and shook her head, yet now there has been little vehemence in it. ‘I can’t depart her. ’ ‘You won’t be leaving her,’ he acknowledged. ‘Because she’s on your center. ’ She nodded, slowly. ‘And whereas you’re again at domestic the place you have to be, i need you to understand that I’m right here for Amber-Marie 100 consistent with cent, no matter what occurs. ’ She checked out him. Whispered, ‘You swear? simply because i might want to know that. ’ ‘I swear. discovering your daughter is my no 1 dedication, that’s the apparent fact, and any information, you can be the 1st to understand. i will be able to ensure that. ’ ‘That’s solid to understand. ’ ‘So, i would like you to consider what I acknowledged, okay? i actually wish you to consider going domestic. ’ This time she didn't even trouble taking the sun shades off, simply driven a finger up at the back of every one lens. ‘Fifty money isn’t so much,’ she acknowledged, her voice catching. ‘I must have simply received her that silly egg, shouldn’t I? ’ TWELVE Ed seemed within the bed room doorway keeping up shirts. ‘Which do you think that? ’ Sue was once sitting on the dressing desk in black bra and panties. She glanced within the reflect, then switched off the hairdryer and became. ‘Either’s fine,’ she acknowledged. ‘They’re either nice. ’ She regarded again to the reflect, watched as Ed tossed the shirts directly to the mattress.