The Skin Beneath by Nairne Holtz

By Nairne Holtz

5 years in the past, Sam O’Connor’s sister Chloe died in manhattan, simply one other unintentional overdose on the Chelsea resort. yet now, a person has despatched Sam a mysterious postcard claiming that Chloe truly died of gunshot wounds and that she was once investigating a political conspiracy. Sam has to determine what rather occurred. As she navigates the twisted path among truth and myth, she is pressured to confront a few tricky truths approximately her sister and, extra scary, approximately herself. Nairne Holtz, a author, librarian, and bibliographer, lives in Montreal. this can be her first novel.

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She lets out her breath but still feels edgy. She hurries by dollar stores, pawnshops, and stillopen pizza joints. A couple of young thugs walking a pair of bull terriers shuffle by her without a glance. They just roll past. When she gets to her apartment, she runs up the spiral staircase, unlocks her door, then locks it from the inside. Sam finds out from Joe, the bartender, that Omar runs an escort agency called Arabian Nights. After work she checks the name in the Yellow Pages at a pay phone.

Sure. ” Sam remembers Omar said he would introduce her to Chloe’s roommate. ” “I haven’t seen her. ” Omar takes his cell from his pocket, a flat silver bar. He opens it with one hand and punches a button. ” Snapping the phone shut, he glances at Sam. “She’s here already, upstairs. ” He vanishes into the crowd. Sam sets her empty bottle on the floor and sits down on the ottoman. In front of her, a widescreen TV is showing — 63 — porn. Two trailer trash girls pretend to be college cheerleaders who pretend to passionately fuck each other.

So why’re you here? Tell me. ” Either he’s a volatile guy or talking about Chloe gets to him, Sam thinks. ” The tension seems to drain from him. His expression doesn’t exactly soften, but he no longer looks angry. She said the right thing or, rather, didn’t say the wrong thing. Intuitively she understands there is something he doesn’t want to tell her, something she is not supposed to ask. If she asked him the wrong question, he would have thrown her out. He says, “Your sister wasn’t the type of girl I ever thought I’d be with.

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