A Painted House by John Grisham

By John Grisham

Till that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had by no means stored a mystery or advised a unmarried lie. yet within the lengthy, sizzling summer season of his 7th yr, teams of migrant staff — and very risky males — got here during the Arkansas Delta to paintings the Chandler cotton farm. And without notice mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.

A brutal homicide leaves the city seething in gossip and suspicion. a gorgeous younger girl ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless child is born ... and somebody has started furtively portray the naked clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down constitution in sparkling white. And as younger Luke watches the realm round him, he unravels secrets and techniques which could shatter lives — and alter his kinfolk and his city forever....

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Almost from day one, Chrissie loathed Romania. The Schloss was as palatial as she could have wished it, the staff as slavishly obsequious, the emeralds as big and heavy as golf balls. But there was nothing to do. No one to see. Sure, the scenery was breathtaking, as lush and green and spectacular as a still from Shrek. Little Saskia was entranced by the Transylvanian landscape, with its wide, fast-flowing rivers, brooding pine forests and romantic, snow-topped mountains that ringed the castle like mythical, protective giants.

And it was all theirs. Not theirs to sell – the treasures could not legally leave Romania – but theirs to cherish, to appreciate, to pass down to the next generation. To Saskia, and perhaps one day – if Dorian could ever persuade Chrissie to try again – to a son, a little boy to carry on the family name. The reality was that the only thing Chrissie Rasmirez was interested in in Paris were the overpriced clothes stores on the Avenue de Champs-Élysées. Last time she went to the flagship Louis Vuitton there she’d dropped over $100,000 in a single morning.

A location shoot meant months away from LA, from the clubs and parties and excitement that had become her drug of choice. ’ ‘Nothing,’ said Ed sarcastically, ‘except the fact that it’s not a Universal Picture. ’ Sabrina looked blank. She’d never been big on literature. ‘Wuthering Heights? One of the greatest classic novels of all time? Cathy and Heathcliff? ’ Ed shook his head despairingly. ‘Never mind. The point is, it’ll do you good to get out of Los Angeles for a while. Out of the public eye altogether, in fact.

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