By Mary Daheim
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Two months after an unfortunate snowboarder vanished at the slopes above Alpine, his disappearance is previous replica. Emma Lord, writer of the Alpine suggest, is again to writing approximately graduations and the most recent outbreak of poultry pox-until the town's oldest family members feud flares up, leaving 3 humans useless, their our bodies stowed in a meat freezer. The startling discovery of a fourth physique sharing the sufferers' cold repose launches Emma at the tale of an entire life. yet as she races to scoop the upstart radio station with the late-breaking information, Emma unwittingly uncovers a surprising conspiracy that might switch her lifestyles eternally. . . .
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The city council got into a squabble over the placement of the new privies, and didn't resolve the matter until late September, when it was again too late to dig. Somehow, the whole issue got tabled, leaving the public stranded. Milo and his deputies were forced to cite individuals who relieved themselves in public. And, because of my policy of printing the names and charges of everyone on the police blotter, I became the butt, so to speak, of the irate citizens who had not enjoyed seeing themselves charged with PIP, or Peeing/Pooping in Public.
I leaned on her desk. “Do you want the Advocate to get beat on the biggest story that's come along in the past ten years? Spence is already bragging that he's covered this kind of wholesale mayhem in other places. ” Vida's chin shot up. “It certainly isn't,” she agreed. ” Fighting words to Vida. She put her glasses firmly in place and turned to her battered typewriter. “Paddy O'Neill arrived in Skykomish County in nineteen thirty-six. He was fifteen years old, and had ridden a freight train from the Twin Cities,” she said aloud, and then went silent as the rattle of her two-fingered typing filled the office.
Roger has the TV on. ” Roger was Vida's odious grandson. His parents had taken an off-season vacation trip to Hawaii and he was staying with Vida. Roger was sixteen, and learning to drive. I was certain that he'd soon replace Durwood Parker as Alpine's worst menace behind the wheel. ” I inquired further. ” Vida sounded vexed. ” she asked, away from the phone. There was a pause. The volume remained at full decibel. “Roger? ” At last the little creep responded, though not without complaint. Vida spoke again into the receiver.