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In the late 1930s, in the shadow of the Lindbergh kidnapping, Marielle Patterson shares her life with her husband Malcolm and their little boy Teddy in New York. Outwardly respectable, their lives are filled with secrets, all of which are dragged out into the open when Teddy is more

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  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Audio
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0552143626
  • 9780552143622

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Like Belva Plain in Whispers (p. 326), Steel soft-pedals gauzy romance in a fairly tightly plotted story - set mainly in 1930's Manhattan and about a lady wildly unlucky in love who's forced to deal with crime - in this case, kidnapping. Like Plain's battered wife, Marielle once loved unwisely. Charles Delauney (fiery green eyes) and Marielle (her eyes were "deep blue sapphires") had met in 1926 in Paris, then went on to make a gloriously happy marriage - until that moment when tragedy overtook their small son in a drowning accident, as well as their unborn child aa the pregnant Marielle attempted a rescue. Suffering from Charles's accusations and blame, Marielle ended up spending some years in a sanitarium. Now, back again in Manhattan, Marielle is the protected, secure wife of rich businessman Malcolm Patterson, a smooth gent who does a good bit of business with Nazi Germany, and her joy in an otherwise restricted life is four-year-old Teddy. It is the sight of Teddy that sends expatriate Charles (who returns from the Spanish Civil War and meets Marielle in the park) into a wild rage - and when, horribly, Teddy is kidnapped, into the slammer aa a suspect. Throughout Marielle's ordeal - with terrible reminders of the Lindbergh case - FBI agent John Taylor offers a strong shoulder (and more); a feisty newspaper woman turns up important clues; a mobster named Louis the Lover turns up a heart of gold; and the rosy respectability of Malcolm's circle takes on a new hue. There will be a trial, a last-minute rescue, and, at the close, Steel trots out a nice man for Marielle. As for Teddy, not to worry. Okay, worry a little.... The smashing duds and digs are still there - plus the subject's predictable pull. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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