By Elizabeth Lowell
Former U.S. Senator Quintrell is useless. His son, New Mexico's governor, is getting ready his run for the top political workplace within the land. And darkish kin secrets and techniques are approximately to blow up with the devastating strength of a Southwestern earthquake. An eccentric Quintrell aunt has invited genealogist Carolina "Carly" might to their Taos compound to collect a checklist of the illustrious kin. yet digging into the prior is elevating troubling questions about a would-be president's deepest lifestyles . . . and the grisly road crime that left his drug-addicted sister lifeless. As a depressing global of twisted passions and depravity slowly opens up sooner than Carly, there's no one whom she dares belief -- might be least of all Dan Duran, a deadly, haunted enigma who is tied to the Quintrells' historical past. yet she is going to want an best friend to outlive the poor mysteries a father carried to the grave -- simply because following the bloodlines of the robust could be a bloody enterprise. and a few useless secrets and techniques can kill.
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Neither would make a difference. Winifred had never liked him. She would go to her grave that way. ” “I’m sure you will. ” Winifred leaned forward, opened a rough pottery jar, and scooped out something that looked—and smelled—like it had been scraped off a barn ﬂoor and mixed with rotten ﬁsh. Gently she rubbed the greenish A LWAY S T I M E T O D I E 47 goo over Sylvia’s withered torso, careful not to disturb the various tubes. “Your love and devotion have kept her alive,” Josh said, trying not to gag on the smell of whatever Winifred had concocted.
Carly wondered if the older woman knew that “de los Dios” most often meant a bastard child. De Jesús was another popular name for the fatherless. The custom came from centuries earlier when marriage was expected only of noblemen, but conception came to all classes of women. The luckiest of the noble bastards found favor with their aristocratic fathers. Apparently Juan de los Dios Oñate had been one of the lucky ones. Land grants hadn’t been handed out to people who didn’t have inﬂuence with the Spanish court.
Neither did Carly, but the recordings sure saved arguments over who said what and when. “I envy your memory,” Carly said, checking that the computer was ready to go. She had a digital camera, too, but didn’t want to start taking pictures until everyone was more at ease with her. ” Winifred asked. “That depends on what you want to accomplish. How far do you want to trace the Quintrell history—” “I don’t give a tinker’s damn about Quintrell history,” Winifred cut in. “It’s Sylvia’s and my history I want preserved.
Always Time to Die: A Novel by Elizabeth Lowell