|Collage, the (2002) [Novel]|
by Rene Natan
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Crime on a farm, passion in the wilderness, and a romance between a chauvinist star reporter and a small-town young woman are portrayed against a backdrop of greed, deceit, and trafficking.
Strong evidence, cleverly manufactured via digital collage, accuses 24-year-old heiress Allison Summer of murder. Betrayed by her father and blackmailed by her husband, her gloomy days are enlightened only by the love of her grandfather, the head of the farming enterprise ďLes Capucines.Ē
Allison is not alone in hiding dark secrets. Ruggedly handsome Marvin Garland, recently hired as a manager of Les Capucines, is also suspected of hiding evidence in connection with his wifeís murder.
A feeling of closeness and trust soon arises between the heiress and the farm manager, and Marvin is determined to also gain her love.
When a fire destroys Allisonís home and kills her grandfather, Allison finds herself derelict and desperate. Only Marvinís presence makes her life worth living. Convinced of being soon indicted of murder, Allison gives in into her feelings for Marvin.
Passion springs free.
Ian Summer, Allisonís husband, had married her to find a quick and credible cover. A professional assassin, and once involved in the murder of Marvinís wife, heís now ready to sacrifice Allison to gain possession of her fortune. Allisonís heir, in fact, is her own father, Michael Carmichael, a distraught man of weak character. Once lovers, Ian and Michael are still close friends.
When Ian Summer is murdered, evidence points to both Allison and Marvin. But the killer is not who it seems to be.
Original title: The Collage
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery