By Sue Grafton
"M" is for cash. plenty of it. "M" is for Malek development, the $40 million corporation that grew out of modest soil to turn into one of many titanic 3 in California building, one of many few nonetheless in kin hands.
"M" is for the Malek family members: 4 sons now nearing center age who stand to inherit a fortune--four males with very diversified outlooks, temperaments, and wishes, associated in basic terms through blood and cash. Eighteen years in the past, one among them--angry, afflicted, and in trouble--went missing.
"M" is for Millhone, employed to track that lacking black sheep brother.
"M" is for stories, none of them satisfied. The sour thoughts of an embattled kin. This prodigal son will locate no welcome at his family's desk. "M" is for malice.
And in brutal final result, "M" is for homicide, the all-too-common final result of familial hatreds.
"M" is for malice . . . and malice kills.
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