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Mor ni ng Noon Ni ght

By: Si dney Shel don


Cat egor y: Fi ct i on Thr i l l er
Synopsi s:
The St anf or d f ami l y i s one of t he most r espect ed i n
Amer i ca - but behi nd
t he f acade of f ame and gl amour l i es a hi dden web of
bl ackmai l , dr ugs and
mur der . . When Har r y St anf or d, one of t he weal t hi est men i n
t he wor l d,
myst er i ousl y dr owns whi l e cr ui si ng on hi s yacht of f t he
r ugged. coast of
Cor si ca, i t set s of f a chai n of event s t hat r ever ber at es
ar ound t he
gl obe. At t he f ami l y gat her i ng f ol l owi ng t he f uner al i n
Bost on, a
st r i ki ngl y beaut i f ul young woman appear s. She cl ai ms t o be
St anf or d' s
daught er and ent i t l ed t o a shar e of t he t ycoon' s est at e.
I s she genui ne,
or i s she an i mpost er ? Sweepi ng f r omt he spl endour s of t he
I t al i an
Ri vi er a, t o t he f ashi on sal ons of Par i s and New Yor k, and
t he
opul ence of Bost on and Fl or i da, Mor ni ng, Noon & Ni ght
t wi st s and t ur ns
i t s way t hr ough i nt r i gue, smoke and mi r r or s t o a sur pr i se
endi ng you' l l
never f or get . . . ' Shel don i s a wr i t er wor ki ng at t he hei ght
of hi s
power . . power f ul enough t o dr ag us al ong wi t h hi m. I hung
on t i l l t he
ver y end. '
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and wi t hout a
si mi l ar condi t i on i ncl udi ng t hi s condi t i on bei ng i mposed
on t he
subsequent pur chaser .
To Ki mber l y wi t h l ove
Al l ow t he mor ni ng sun t o
war m. Your hear t when you ar e young And l et t he sof t wi nds
noon Cool
your passi on, But bewar e t he ni ght For deat h l ur ks t her e,
Wai t i ng,
wai t i ng, wai t i ng. ,
ARTHUR Ri MBAUD MORNI NG
Chapt er One.
Dmi t r i asked, ' you know we' r e bei ng f ol l owed, NI T
St anf or dt ' . ' He had
been awar e of t hemf or t he past t went y- f our hour s. The t wo
men and t he
woman wer e dr essed casual l y, at t empt i ng t o bl end i n wi t h
t he summer
t our i st s st r ol l i ng al ong t he cobbl ed st r eet s i n t he ear l y
mor ni ng, but
i t was di f f i cul t t o r emai n i nconspi cuous i n a pl ace as
smal l as t he
f or t i f i ed vi l l age of St . - Paul - de- Vence. Har r y St anf or d had
f i r st not i ced
t hembecause t hey wer e t oo casual , t r yi ng t oo har d not t o
l ook at hi m.
Wher ever he t ur ned, one of t hemwas i n t he backgr ound.
Har r y St anf or d
was an easy t ar get t o f ol l ow. He was si x f eet t al l , wi t h
whi t e hai r
l appi ng over hi s col l ar and an ar i st ocr at i c, al most
i mper i ous f ace. He
was accompani ed by a st r i ki ngl y l ovel y young br unet t e, a
pur e- whi t e
Ger man shepher d, and Dmi t r i Kami nsky, a si x- f oot f our - i nch
bodyguar d
wi t h a bul gi ng neck and sl opi ng f or ehead. Har d t o l ose us,
St anf or d
t hought . He knew' who had sent t hemand why, and he was
f i l l ed wi t h a
sense of i mmi nent danger . He had l ear ned l ong ago t o t r ust
hi s
i nst i nct s. I nst i nct and i nt ui t i on had hel ped make hi mone
of t he
weal t hi est men i n t he wor l d. For bes magazi ne est i mat ed t he
val ue of
St anf or d Ent er pr i ses at si x bi l l i on dol l ar s, whi l e t he
For t une 500
appr ai sed i t at seven bi l l i on. The Wal l St r eet J our nal ,
Bar r on' s, and
t he Fi nanci al Tbnes had al l done pr of i l es on Har r y
St anf or d, t r yi ng t o
expl ai n hi s Myst i que, hi s amazi ng sense of t i mi ng, t he
i nef f abl e acu-
men t hat had cr eat ed t he gi ant St anf of d Ent er pr i ses. None
had f ul l y
succeeded. What t hey al l agr eed on was t hat he had an
al most pal pabl e,
mani c ener gy. He was i nexhaust i bl e. Hi s phi l osophy was
si mpl e: A day
wi t hout maki ng a deal was a day wast ed. He wor e, out hi s
compet i t or s,
hi s st af f , and ever yone el se who came i n cont act wi t h hi m.
He was a
phenomenon, l ar ger t han l i f e. He t hought of hi msel f as a
r el i gi ous man.
He bel i eved i n God, and t he God he bel i eved i n want ed hi m
t o be r i ch and
successf ul , and hi s enemi es dead, Har r y St anf or d was a
publ i c f i gur e,
and t he pr ess knew ever yt hi ng about hi m. Har r y St anf or d
was a pr i vat e
f i gur e, and t he pr ess knew not hi ng about hi m. They had
wr i t t en about hi s
char i sma, hi s l avi sh l i f e- st yl e, hi s pr i vat e pl ane and hi s
yacht , and
hi s l egendar y homes i n Hobe Sound, Mor occo, Long I sl and,
London, t he
Sout h of Fr ance, and of cour se hi s 4 magni f i cent est at e,
Rose Hi l l , i n
t he Back Bay ar ea of Bost on. But t he r eal Har r y St anf or d
r emai ned an
eni gma. ' ar e we goi ng?' t he woman asked. He was t oo
pr eoccupi ed t o
answer . The coupl e on t he ot her si de of t he st r eet was
usi ng t he
cr oss- swi t ch t echni que, and t hey had j ust changed par t ner s
agai n. Al ong
wi t h hi s sense of danger , St anf or d f el t a deep anger t hat
t hey wer e
i nvadi ng hi s pl i vacy. They had dar ed come t o hi mi n t hi s
pl ace, hi s
secr et haven f r omt he r est of t he wor l d. St . - Paul - de- Vence
i s a
pi ct ur esque, medi eval vi l l age, weavi ng i t s anci ent magi c
on a hi l l t op i n
t he Al ps Mar i t i mes, si t uat ed i nl and bet ween Cannes and
Ni ce. i t i s
sur r ounded by a spect acul ar and enchant i ng l andscape of
hi l l s and
val l eys cover ed wi t h f l ower s, or char ds, and pi ne
f or est s: - The vi l l age
i t sel f , a cor nu- copi a of ar t i st s' st udi os, gal l er i es and
wonder f ul
ant i que shops, i s a magnet f or t our i st s f r omal l over t he
wor l d. Har r y
St anf or d and hi s gr oup t ur ned ont o t he Rue Gr ande.
St anf or d t ur ned t o
t he woman Sophi a, ' you l i ke museums?' 4yes, car o. ' She
was eager t o
pl ease hi m. She had never met anyone l i ke Har r y St anf or d.
Wai t unt i l I
f el l my gi r y' f r i ends about hbmI di dn' t t hi nk t her e was ' '
anyt hi ng l ef t
f or me t o l ear n about sex, but my God, he' s so cr eat i ve!
He' s wear i ng me
out ! They went up t he hi l l t o t he Fondat i on maeght ar t
museum, and
br owsed t hr ough i t s r enowned col l ect i on Of Pai nt i ngs by
Bonnar d and
Chagal l and many ot her cont empor ar y ar t i st s. When Har r y
St anf or d
casual l y gl anced ar ound, he obser ved t he woman at t he
ot her end Of t he
gal l er y, ear nest l y st udyi ng a Mi r 6. St anf or d t ur ned t o
Sophi a.
" Hungr y?' ' . I f you ar e. ' Must not be pushy. ' . We' l l have
l unch at La
Col ombe d' Or . ' La Col ombe d' Or was one of St anf or d' s
f avor i t e
r est aur ant s, a si xt eent h- cent ur y house at t he ent r ance t o
t he ol d
vi l l age, conver t ed i nt o a hot el and r est aur ant . St anf or d
and Sophi a sat
at a t abl e i n t he gar den, by t he pool , wher e St anf or d
coul d admi r e t he
Br aque and Cal der . Pr i nce, t he whi t e Ger man shepher d, l ay
at hi s f eet ,
ever wat chf ul . The dog was Har r y St anf or d' s t r ademar k.
Wher e St anf or d
went , Pr i nce went . i t was r umor ed t hat at Har r y St anf or d' s
command, t he
ani mal woul d t ear out a per son' s t hr oat . No one, want ed t o
t est t hat
r umor . Dmi t r i sat by hi msel f at a t abl e near t he hot el
ent r ance,
car ef ul l y obser vi ng t he ot her pat r ons as t hey came and
went . , St anf or d
t ur ned t o Sophi a. ' I or der f or you, my dear t 611l ease. 1
Har r y St anf or d
pr i ded hi msel f on bei ng a gour met . He or der ed a gr een
sal ad
andf r i cass, 6e de l ot t e f or bot h of t hem. As t hey wer e
bei ng ser ved t hei r
mai n cour se, Dani el l e Roux, who r an t he hot el wi t h her
husband, Fr anr ,
oi s, appr oached t he t abl e and smi l ed. ' . I s ever yt hi ng al l
r i ght ,
Monsi eur St anf or dt ' , Madame Roux. ' And i t was goi ng t o
be. They ar e
pygmi es, t r yi ng t o f el l a gi ant . They' r e i n f or a bi g
di sappoi nt ment .
Sophi a sai d, ' ' ve never been her e bef or e. I t ' s such a
l ovel y vi l l age- '
St anf or d t ur ned hi s at t ent i on t o her . Dmi t r i had pi cked
her up f or hi m
i n Ni ce a day ear l i er . ' . St anf or d, I br ought someone f or
you. ' '
pr obl emt . St anf or d had asked. Dmi t r i had gr i nned. ' . " He
had seen her i n
t he l obby of t he Hot el Negr esco, and had appr oached her . '
me, do you
speak Engl i sh?' ' . ' She had a l i l t i ng I t al i an accent . '
man I wor k f or
woul d l i ke you t o have di nner wi t h hi m. ' She had been
i ndi gnant . ' ' mnot
a put t ana! I ' man act r ess she had sai d haught i l y. n f act ,
she had had a
wal k- on par t i n Pupi Avat i ' s l ast f i l m, and a r ol e wi t h
t wo l i nes of
di al ogue i n a Gi useppe Tor nat or e f i l m. ' woul d I have
di nner wi t h a
st r anger ?' Dmi t r i had t aken out a wad of hundr ed- dol l ar
bi l l s. He pushed
f i ve i nt o her hand. ' f r i end i s ver y gener ous. He has a
yacht , and he i s
l onel y. ' He had wat ched her expr essi on go t hr ough a ser i es
of changes
f r omi ndi gnat i on, t o cur i osi t y, t o i nt er est . ' i t happens,
I ' mbet ween
pi ct ur es. ' She smi l ed. ' woul d pr obabl y do no har mt o have
di nner wi t h
your f r i end. "
" Good. He wi l l be pl eased. ' ' i s he?' ' . - Paul - de- Vence. '
Dmi t r i had
chosen wel l . I t al i an. I n her l at e t went i es. A sensuous,
cat l i ke f ace.
Ful l - br east ed f i gur e. Now, l ooki ng at her acr oss t he
t abl e, Har r y
St anf or d made a deci si on. ' you l i ke t o t r avel , Sophi a?' '
ador e i t . "
" Good. We' l l go on a l i t t l e t r i p. Excuse me a moment . '
Sophi a wat ched as
he wal ked i nt o t he r est aur ant and t o a publ i c t el ephone
out si de t he
men' s r oom. St anf or d put aj et on i n t he sl ot and di al ed. '
oper at or ,
pl ease. ' Seconds l at er , a voi ce sai d, ' l op6at r i ce
mar i t i me. ' ' want t o
put i n a cal l t o t he yacht Bl ue Ski es. Whi skey br avo l i ma
ni ne ei ght
zer o . . . ' The conver sat i on l ast ed f i ve - mi nut es, and when
St anf or d was
f i ni shed, he di al ed t he ai r por t at Ni ce. The conver sat i on
was shor t er
t hi s t i me. When St anf or d was t hr ough t al ki ng, he spoke t o
Dmi t r i , who
r api dl y l ef t t he r est aur ant . Then he r et ur ned t o Sophi a. '
you r eady?'
' . ' ' s t ake a wal k. ' He needed t i me t o wor k out a pl an. I t
was a per f ect
day. The sun had spl ashed pi nk cl ouds acr oss t he hor i zon
and' r i ver s of
si l ver l i ght r an t hr ough t he st r eet s. .
They st r ol l ed al ong t he Rue Gr ande, past t he t gj i se, t he
beaut i f ul
t wel f t h- cent ur y chur ch, and st opped at t he boul anger i e i n
f r ont of t he@
Ar ch t o buy some f r esh baked br ead ' . When t hey came out ,
one of t he
t hr ee wat cher s ' st andi ng out si de, busi l y st udyi ng t he
chur ch.
Dmi t r i was al so wai t i ng f or t hem. Har r y St anf or d handed
t he br ead t o
Sophi a. ' don' t you t ake t hi s up t o t he house? I ' l l be
al ong i n a f ew
mi nut es! ' r i ght ! She smi l ed and sai d sof t l y, ' , car o!
St anf or d wat ched
her l eave, t hen mot i oned t o Dmi t r i . ' di d you f i nd ouf f
" The woman and
one of t he men ar e st ayi ng at Le Hameau, on t he r oad t o La
Col l e! Har r y
St anf or d knew t he pl ace. - . I t was a whi t ewashed f ar mhouse
wi t h an
or char d a mi l e west of St . - Paul - de- Vence. ' t he ot her onet
' Le Mas
d' Ar t i gny. ' Le Mas d' Ar t i gny was a Pr ovenw mansi on on a
hi l l si de t wo
mi l es west of St . - Paul - de- Vence. ' do you want me t o do
wi t h t hem, si r t
' . I ' l l t ake car e of t hem. ' Har r y St anf or d' s vi l l a was on
t he Rue de
Caset t e, next t o t he mai r i e, i n an ar ea of nar r ow
cobbl est one st r eet s
and ver y ol d houses. The vi l l a was a f i ve- l evel house made
of ol d st one
and pl ast er . Two l evel s bel ow t he mai n house wer e a gar age
and an ol d
cave used as a wi ne cel l ar . A st one st ai r case l ed t o
upst ai r s bedr ooms,
an of f i ce, and a t i l ed- r oof t er r ace.
The ent i r e house was f ur ni shed i n Fr ench ant i ques and
f i l l ed wi t h
f l ower s. When St anf or d r et ur ned t o t he vi l l a, Sophi a was
i n hi s bedr oom,
wai t i ng f or hi m. She was naked. ' t ook you so l ong?' she
whi sper ed.
I n or der t o sur vi ve, Sophi a Mat t eo, of t en pi cked up money
bet ween f i l m
assi gnment s as a cal l gi r l , and she was used t o f aki ng
or gasms t o pl ease
her cl i ent s, but wi t h t hi s man, t her e was no need t o
pr et end. He was
i nsat i abl e, and she f ound her sel f cl i maxi ng agai n and
agai n. When t hey
wer e f i nal l y exhaust ed, Sophi a put her 10 ar ms ar ound hi m
and mur mur ed
happi l y, ' coul d st ay her e f or ever , car o. ' I wi sh I coul d,
St anf or d
t hought , gr i ml y. a They had di nner at Le C66 de l a Pl ace
i n Pl aza du
Gener al - de- Gaul l e, near t he ent r ance t o t he vi l l age. The
di nner was
del i ci ous, and f or St anf or d t he danger added spi ce t o t he
meal . When
t hey wer e f i ni shed, t hey made t hei r way back t o t he vi l l a.
St anf or d
wal ked sl owl y, t o make cer t ai n hi s pur suer s f ol l owed. At
one A. m. , a
man st andi ng acr oss t he st r eet ' t he l i ght s i n t he vi l l a
bei ng, t ur ned
of f , one by one, unt i l t he bui l di ng was i n t ot al dar kness.
At f our
t hi r t y i n t he mor ni ng, Har r y St anf or d went i nt o t he guest
bedr oomwher e
Sophi a sl ept . He shook her gent l y. ' . . . T She opened her
eyes and
l ooked up at hi m, a smi l e of ant i ci pat i on on her f ace,
t hen f r owned. He
was f ul l y dr essed* She sat up. ' somet hi ng wr ong?' ' , MY
dear .
Ever yt hi ng i s f i ne. You sai d you l i ked t o t r avel . Wel l ,
wer e goi ng t o
t ake a l i t t l e t r i p. ' She was wi de awake now. ' t hi s hour r
' . We must be
ver y qui et . ' ' @i . . ! ' . ' Fi f t een mi nut es l at er , Har r y
St anf or d, Sophi a,
Dmi t r i , and Pr i nce wer e movi ng down t he st one.
Chapt er Two.
Hal f an hour l at er , at Ni ce ai r por t , a conver t ed Boei ng
727 was sl owl y
t axi i ng down t he r unway t o t he t akeof f poi nt . Up i n t he
t ower , t he
f l i ght cont r ol l er sai d, ' cer t ai nl y ar e i n a hur r y t o get
t hat pl ane of f
t he gr ound. The pi l ot has asked f or a cl ear ance t hr ee
t i mes. 9 " Whose
pl ane i s i t t ' St anf or d *Ki ng Mi das hi msel f . ' ' ' s pr obabl y
on hi s way t o
make anot her bi l l i on or t wo. ' The cont r ol l er t ur ned t o
moni t or a Lea@et
t aki ng of f , t hen pi cked up t he mi cr ophone.
" Boei ng ei ght ni ne f i ve Papa, t hi s i s Ni ce depar t ur e
cont r ol . You ar e
cl ear ed f or t akeof f . Fi ve l ef t . Af t er depar t ur e, t ur n
r i ght t o a headi ng
of one f our zer o. ' Har r y St anf or d' s pi l ot and copi l ot
exchanged a
r el i eved l ook. The pi l ot pr essed t he mi cr ophone but t on. ' .
Boei ng ei ght
ni ne f i ve Papa i s cl ear ed f or t akeof f . Wi l l t ur n Fi ght t o
one f our
zer o. ' A moment l at er , t he huge pl ane t hunder ed down t he
r unway and
kni f ed i nt o t he gr ay dawn sky. 14 The copi l ot spoke i nt o
t he mi cr ophone
agai n. 413epar t ur e, Boei ng ei ght ni ne f i ve Papa i s
cl i mbi ng out of t hr ee
t housand f or f l i ght l evel seven zer o. ' The copi l ot t ur ned
t o t he pi l ot .
" Whew! Ol d Man St anf or d was . anxi oui f or us t o get of f
t he gr ound,
wasn' t het The pi l ot shr ugged. ' not t o r eason why, our s
but t o do and
di e. How' s he doi ng. back t her et The copi l ot r ose and
st epped t o t he
door of t he cockpi t , and l ooked i nt o t he cabi n. ' ' s
r est i ng. ' They
t el ephoned t he ai r por t t ower f r omt he car . ' . St anf or d' s
pl ane . . . I s i t
st i l l on t he gr oundt ' , monsi eur . I t has depar t ed. ' ' t he
pi l ot f i l e a
f l i ght pl ant ' cour se, monsi eur . ' ' wher e?' ' pl ane i s
headed f or J KF. '
' you. ' He ' t o hi s compani on. ' .
We' l l have peopl e t her e t o meet hi m. ' When t he Renaul t
passed t he
out ski r t s of Mont e Car l o, speedi ng t owar d t he I t al i an
bor der , Har r y
St anf or d sai d, ' ' s no chance t hat we wer e f ol l owed,
Dmi t r i t ' , si r .
We' ve l ost t hem. ' ' . ' Har r y St anf or d l eaned back i n hi s
seat and r . .
Ther e was not hi ng t o wor r y about . They woul d be t r acki ng
t he pl ane. He
r evi ewed t he si t uat i on 15 i n hi s mi nd. I t was r eal l y a
quest i on of what
t hey knew and when t hey knew i t . They wer e j ackal s
f ol l owi ng t he t r ai l
of a l i on, hopi ng t o br i ng hi mdown. Har r y St anf or d smi l ed
t o hi msel f .
They had under est i mat ed t he man t hey wer e deal i ng wi t h.
Ot her s who had
made t hat mi st ake had pai d dear l y f or i t . Someone woul d
al so pay t hi s
t i me. He was Har r y St anf or d, t he conf i dant of pr esi dent s
and ki ngs,
power f ul and r i ch enough t o make or br eak t he economi es of
a dozen
count r i es. The 727 was i n t he ski es over Mar sei l l es. The
pi l ot spoke
i nt o t he mi cr ophone. ' , Boei ng ei ght ni ne f i ve Papa i s
wi t h you,
cl i mbi ng out of f l i ght l evel one ni ne zer o f or f l i ght
l evel t wo t hr ee
zer o. ' ' . ' The R ' r eached San Remb shor t l y af t er dawn.
Har r y St anf or d
had f ond memor i es of t he ci t y, but i t had changed
dr ast i cal l y. He
r emember ed a t i me when i t had been an el egant t own wi t h
f i r st - cl ass
hot el s and r est aur ant s, and a casi no wher e bl ack t i e was
r equi r ed and
wher e f or t unes coul d be l ost or won i n an eveni ng. Now i t
had succumbed
t o t our i sm, wi t h l oud- mout hed pat r ons gambl i ng i n t hei r
shi r t sl eeves.
The Renaul t was appr oachi ng t he har bor , t wel ve mi l es f r om
t he
Fr ench- I t al i an bor der . Ther e wer e t wo mar i nas at t he
har bor , Mar i na
Por t o Sol e t o t he east , and Por t o Communal e t o t he west .
I n Por t o Sol e,
a 16 mar i ne at t endant di r ect ed t he ber t hi ng. I n Por t o
Communal e, t her e
was no at t endant . ' one?" Dmi t r i asked. ' Communal e, '
St anf or d di r ect ed.
Ae f ewer peopl e ar ound, t he bet t er . ' , si r . ' A f ew mi nut es
l at er , t he
Renaul t pul l ed up next t o t he Bl ue Ski es, a sl eek
hundr ed- and7zght y- f oot
mot or yacht .
Capt ai n Vacar r o and t he cr ew of t wel ve wer e l i ned UP on
deck. The
capt ai n bur ned down t he gangpl ank t o gr eet t he new
ar r i val s. ' mor ni ng,
Si gnor St anf or d, ' Capt ai n Vacar r o sai d. ' ' l l t ake your
l uggage, and . . '
l uggage. Let ' s shove of f . ' ' , si r . ' ' a mi nut e. ' St anf or d
was st udyi ng
t he cr ew. He f r owned. ' man on t he end. He' s new, i sn' t
he?' ' , si r . Our
cabi n boy got si ck i n Capr i , and we t ook on t hi s one. He' s
hi ghl y - ' '
r i d of hi m, ' St anf or d or der ed. The capt ai n l ooked at hi m,
puzzl ed. ' . . .
?' ' hi mof f .
Let ' s get out of her e. ' Capt ai n Vacaf f o nodded. ' , si r . '
Looki ng ar ound,
Har r y St anf or d was f i l l ed wi t h an i ncr easi ng - sense of
f or ebodi ng. He
coul d al most r each out and t ouch i t . He di d not want any
st r anger s near
hi m. Capt ai n Vacar r o, and hi s cr ew had been wi t h hi mf or
year s. He coul d
t r ust t hem. He t ur ned t o l ook at t he gi r l . Si nce Dmi t r i
had pi cked her
up at r andom, 17 her e was no danger t her e. And as f or
Dmi t r i , hi s
f ai t hf ul bodyguar d had saved hi s l i f e. mor e t han once.
St anf or d t ur ned t o Dmi t r i . - ' St ay cl ose t o me. ' ' , si r . '
St anf or d t ook
Sophi a' s ar m. ' ' s go aboar d, my dear . ' - Dmi t r i Kami nsky
st ood on deck,
wat chi ng t he cr ew pr epar e t o cast of f . He scanned t he
har bor , but he saw
not hi ng t o be al ar med about . At t hi s t i me of t he mor ni ng,
t her e was ver y
l i t t l e act i vi t y. The yacht ' s huge gener at or s bur st i nt o
l i f e, and t he
vessel got under wei gh. The capt ai n appr oached Har r y
St anf or d.
" You di dn' t say wher e we wer e headi ng, Si gnor St anf or d. '
, , I di dn' t ,
di d 1, capt ai nt He t hought f or a moment . ' . ' ' , si r . ' '
t he way, I want
you t o mai nt ai n st r i ct r adi o si l ence. ' Capt ai n Vacar r o
f r owned. '
si l ence? Yes, si r , but what i f . . . T Har r y St anf or d sai d,
" Don' t wor r y
about ' i t . J ust do i t . And I don' t want anyone usi ng t he
sat el l i t e
phones. ' ' , si r . Wi l l we be l ayi ng over i n Por t of i not
" I ' l l l et you
know, capt ai n. ' Har r y St anf or d t ook Sophi a on a t our of
t he yacht . I t
was one of hi s pr i zed possessi ons, and he enj oyed 18
vessel . I t had a 91
Sbowm' i t of f . I t was a br eat ht aki ng l uxur i ousl y appoi nt ed
mast er sui t e
wi t h a si t t i ng r oomand an of f i ce. The of f i ce was spaci ous
and
comf or t abl y hi r ni shed wi t h a couch, sever al easy chai r s,
and a desk, ,
whi ch was enough equi pment t o r un a smal l t own. On t he
wal l was a l ar ge
el ect r oni c map wi t h a smal l movi ng boat showi ng t he
cur r ent posi t i on of
t he yacht . Sl i di ng gl ass door s opened f r omt he mast er
sui t e ont o an
out si de ver anda deck f ur ni shed wi t h a chai se l ongue and a
t abl e wi t h
f our chai r s. A t ea k r ai l i ng r an al ong t he out si de. On
bal my days, i t
was St anf or d' s cust omt o have br eakf ast on t he ver anda.
Ther e wer e si x guest st at er ooms, each wi t h hand pai nt ed
si l k panel s,
pi ct ur e wi ndows, @and a bat h wi t h a J acuzzi . The l ar ge
l i br ar y was done
i n koa wood. The di ni ng r oomcoul d seat si xt een guest s. A
f ul l y
equi pped. f i t ness sal on was on t he l ower deck. The yacht
al so cont ai ned
a wi ne cel l ar and a t heat er t hat was i deal f or r unni ng
f i l ms. Har r y
St anf or d had one of t he wor l d' s gr eat est l i br ar i es of
por nogr aphi c
movi es. T" he f ur ni shi ngs t hr oughout t he vessel wer e
exqui si t e, and t he
pai nt i ngs - woul d have made any museumpr oud- ' , now you' ve
seen most of
i t , ' St anf or d t ol d Sophi a at t he end of t he t our . ' ' l l
show you t he r est
t omor r ow. 1 She was awed. ' ' ve never seen anyt hi ng l i ke i t !
I t ' s . . . i t ' s
l i ke a ci t y! ' Har r y St anf or d smi l ed at her ent husi asm. '
19 st ewar d wi l l
show you t o your cabi n. Make your sel f comf or t abl e. I have
some wor k t o
do. ' Har r y St anf or d r et ur ned t o hi s of f i ce and checked t he
el ect r oni c
map on t he wal l f or t he l ocat i on of t he yacht . Bl ue Ski es
was i n t he
Li gur i an Sea, headi ng nor t heast . 7hey won' t know wher e Fve
gone,
St anf or d t hought . They' l l be wai t i ng f or me at J FK When we
get t o
Por t of i no, F11 st r ai ght en ever yt hi ng out . Thi r t y- f i ve
t housand f eet i n
t he ai r , t he pi l ot of t he 727 was get t i ng new
i nst r uct i ons. ' ei ght ni ne
f i ve Papa, you ar e cl ear ed di r ect l y t o Del t a I ndi a
November upper r out e
f or t y as f i l ed. ' ' . Boei ng ei ght ni ne f i ve Papa i s cl ear ed
di r ect Di nar d
upper r out e f or t y as f i l ed. ' He t ur ned t o t he copi l ot . '
cl ear . ' The
pi l ot st r et ched, got up, and wal ked t o t he cockpi t door .
He l ooked i nt o
t he cabi n. " How' s our passenger doi ng?' t he copi l ot asked.
' l ooks
hungr y t o me. "
Chapt er Thr ee t he.
Li gur i an coast i s t he I t al i an Ri vi er a, sweepi ng i n a
semi ci r cl e f r omt he
Fr ench- I t al i an bor der ar ound t o Genoa, and t hen cont i nui ng
down t o t he
Gul f of La Spezi a. The beaut i f ul l ong r i bbon of coast and
i t s @Wr kl i ng
wat er s cont ai n t he st or i ed por t s of Por t of i no, Ver nazza,
and beyond t hem
El ba, - Sar di ni a, and Cor si ca. Bl ue Ski es was appr oachi ng
Por t of i no,
whi ch even f r oma di st ance was an i mpr essi ve si ght , i t s
hi l l si des
cover ed wi t h ol i ve t r ees, pi nes, cypr esses and pal ms.
Har r y St anf or d,
Sopbi a, and Dni i t r i wer e on deck, st udyi ng - t he
appr oachi ng coast l i ne.
" Have you been t o Por t of i no of t ent Sophi a asked. ' f ew
t i mes. ' 619t her e
i s your mai n home?' Too per sonat ' ' l l enj oy Por t of i no,
Sophi a. I t ' s
r eal l y qui t e beaut i f ul ! Capt ai n Vacar r o, appr oached t hem.
' you be
havi ng l unch aboar d, Si gnor St anf or dt ' , we' l l have l unch
at t he
Spl endi do. ' 21 ' good. And shal l I be pr epar ed t o wei gh
anchor r i ght
af t er l unch?' ' t hi nk not . Let ' s enj oy t he beaut y of t he
pl ace. " Capt ai n
Vacar r o, st udi ed hi m, puzzl ed. One moment Har r y St anf or d
was i n a
t er r i bl e hur r y, and t he next moment he seemed t o have al l
t he t i me i n
t he wor l d. And t he r adi o shut down? Unhear d of ! Pazzo.
When Bl ue Ski es
dr opped anchor i n t he out er har bor , St anf or d, Sophi a and
Dmi t r i t ook t he
yacht ' s l aunch ashor e. The smal l seapor t was char mi ng,
wi t h a var i et y of
amusi ng shops and out door t r at t or i e l i ni ng t he si ngl e r oad
t hat l ed up
t o t he hi l l s. A dozen or so smal l f i shi ng boat s wer e
pul l ed up ont o t he
pebbl ed beach. St anf or d t ur ned t o Sophi a. ' ' l l be l unchi ng
at t he hot el
on t op of t he hi l l . Ther e' s a l ovel y vi ew f r omt her e. ' He
nodded t owar d
a t axi st opped beyond t he docks. ' a t axi up t her e, and
I ' l l meet you i n
a f ew mi nut es. ' He handed her some l i r e. ' wel l , car o. "
Hi s eyes
f ol l owed her as she wal ked away; t hen he t ur ned t o Dmi t r i .
' have t o
make a cal l . ' But not f r omt he shi p, Dmi t r i t hought . The
men went t o t he
t wo phone boot hs at t he si de of t he dock. Dmi t r i wat ched
as St anf or d
st epped i nsi de one of t hem, pi cked up t he r ecei ver , and
i nser t ed a
t oken. 40per at or , I woul d l i ke t o pl ace a cal l t o someone
at t he Uni on
Bank of Swi t zer l and i n Geneva. ' A woman was appr oachi ng
t he second phone
boot h. 22 Dhl i t r i st epped i n f r ont of i t , bl ocki ng her
way.
" Excuse me, ' she sai d. ' . . ' ' mwai t i ng f or a cal l . ' She
l ooked at hi m
i n sur pr i se. ' . ' She gl anced hopef ul l y at t he phone boot h
St anf or d was
i n. , woul dn' t wai t , ' Dmi t r i gr unt ed. ' ' s goi ng t o be - on
t he t el ephone
f or a l ong t i me. , ' woman shr ugged and wal ked. away.
6Hel l o?9 Dmi t r i was wat chi ng St anf or d speaki ng i nt o t he
mout hpi ece.
@Pet er ? We have a l i t t l e pr obl em. ' St anf or d cl osed t he
door t o t he
boot h. He was speaki ng ver y f ast , and Dmi t r i coul d not
hear what he was
sayi ng. At t he end of t he conver sat i on, St anf or d r epl aced
t he r ecei ver
and opened t he door . ' ever yt hi ng - al l r i ght , Mr .
St anf or d?" Dmi t r i
asked. ' ' s get some l unch. ' The Spl endi do i s t he cr own
j ewel of
Por t of i no, a hot el wi t h a magni f i cent panor ami c vi ew of
t he emer al d bay
bel ow. The hot el cat er s t o t he ver y r i ch, and j eal ousl y
guar ds i t s
r eput at i on. Har r y St ar i f or d and Sophi a had l unch out on
t he t er r ace.
" Shal l I or der f or yout St anf or d asked. ' have some
speci al t i es her e
t hat I t hi nk you mi ght enj oy. ' ' , ' Sophi a sai d. St anf or d
or der ed t he
t r enel l e al pest o, t he l ocal past a, veal , andf ocacci a, t he
sal t ed br ead
of t he r egi on. 23 ' br i ng us a bot t l e of Schr am
Ei ght y- ei ght . " He t ur ned
t o Sophi a. ' r ecei ved a gol d medal i n t he I nt er nat i onal
Wi ne Chal l enge
i n London. I own t he vi neyar d. ' She smi l ed. ' ' r e l ucky. "
Luck had
not hi ng t o do wi t h i t . 11 bel i eve t hat man was meant t o
enj oy t he
gust at or y del i ght s t hat have been put on t he ear t h. ' He
t ook her hand i n
hi s. ' ot her del i ght s, t oo. ' ' ' r e an amazi ng man. ' ' you. '
I t exci t ed
St anf or d t o have beaut i f ul women admi r i ng hi m. Thi s one
was young enough
t o be hi s daught er and t hat exci t ed hi meven mor e. When
t hey had
f i ni shed l unch, St anf or d l ooked at Sophi a and gr i nned. ' ' s
get back t o
t he yacht . ' ' , yes! ' Har r y St anf or d was a pr ot ean l over ,
passi onat e and
. . Hi s enor mous ego made hi mmor e concer ned about
sat i sf yi ng a woman
t han about sat i sf yi ng hi msel f He knew how t o exci t e a
woman' s er ot i c
zones, and he or chest r at ed hi s l ovemaki ng i n a sensuous
symphony t hat
br ought hi s l over s- t o hei ght s t hey had never achi eved
bef or e. They spent
t he af t er noon i n St anf or d' s sui t e, and when t hey we
f i ni shed maki ng
l ove, Sophi a was exhaust ed. Har r y St anf or d dr essed and
went t o t he
br i dge t o see Capt ai n Vacar r o. @`Woul d you l i ke t o go on
t o Sar di ni a,
Si gnor St an- T t he capt ai n asked. ' ' s st op of f at El ba
f i r st . ' er y good,
si r . I s ever yt hi ng sat i sf act or y?' ' St anf or d sai d.
" Ever yt hi ng i s sat i sf act or y! He - was f eel i ng ar oused
agai n. He went back
t o Sophi a' s , , , @st at er oom. They r eached El ba t he f ol l owi r s
af t er noon and
AR anchor ed at Por t of er r ai o. ' @' , M As t he Boei ng 727
ent er ed Nor t h
Amer i can ai r space, t he pi l ot checked i n wi t h gr ound
cont r ol . ' Yor k
Cent er , Boei ng ei ght ni ne f i ve Papa i s wi t h you, passi ng
f l i ght l evel
t wo si x zer o f or f l i ght J evel t wo f our zer o. ' The voi ce of
New Yor k
Cent er came on. ' , you ar e cl ear ed t o one t wo t housand,
di r ect J FK. Cal l
appr oach on one t wo seven poi nt f our . ' Fr omt he back of
t he pl ane came a
l ow gr owl . ' , Pr i nce. That ' s a good boy. Let ' s get t hi s
seat bel t ar ound
you. ' Ther e wer e f our men wai t i ng when t he 727 l anded.
They st ood at di f f er ent vant age poi nt s so t hey coul d wat ch
t he
passenger s descend f r omt he pl ane. They wai t ed f or hal f an
hour . The
onl y passenger t o come out was a whi t e Ger man shepher d. 24
25
por t of cr r ai o i s t he mai n shoppi ng cent er of El ba. The
st r eet s ar e l i ned
wi t h el egant , sophi st i cat ed shops, and behi nd t he har bor ,
t he
ei ght eent h- cent ur y bui l di ngs ar e t ucked under t he cr aggy
si xt eent h- cent ur y ci t adel bui l t by t he Duke of Fl or ence.
Har r y St anf or d
had vi si t ed t he i sl and many t i mes, and i n a st r ange way,
he f el t at home
her e. Thi s was wher e Napol eon Bonapar t e had been sent i nt o
exi l e. ' ' r e
goi ng t o l ook at Napol eon' s house, ' he t ol d Sophi a. ' ' l l
meet you
t her e. ' He t ur ned t o Dmi t r i . ' her t o t he Vi l l a dei
Mul i ni . ' ' , si r . '
St anf or d wat ched Dmi t r i and Sophi a l eave. He l ooked at hi s
wat ch. Ti me
was r unni ng out . Hi s pl ane woul d al r eady have l anded at
Kennedy. When
t hey l ear ned t hat he was not aboar d, t he manhunt woul d
begi n agai n. I t
wi l l t ake t henr a whi l e t o pi ck up t he t r ai l , St anf or d
t hought . By t hen,
ever yt hi ng wi l l have been set t l ed. He st epped i nt o a phone
boot h at t he
end - of t he dock. ' want t o pl ace a cal l t o London, "
St anf or d t ol d t he
oper at or . ' Bank. One seven one . . . ' Hal f an hour l at er ,
he pi cked up
Sophi a and br ought her back t o t he har bor . ' go aboar d, '
St anf or d t ol d
her . ' have anot her cal l t o make. ' She wat ched hi mst r i de
over t o t he
t el ephone boot h 26 besi de t he dock. " y doesn' t he use t he
t el ephones on
t he ) wchi ? Sophi a wonder ed. I nsi de t he t el ephone boot h,
Har r y St anf or d
was sayi ng, ' Sumi t omo Bank i n Tokyo . . Fi f t een mi nut es
l at er , when he
r et ur ned t o t he yacht , he was i n a f ur y. ' we goi ng t o be
anchor i ng her e
f or t he ni ght t Capt ai n Vacar r o asked. ' , ' St anf or d
snapped. ' ! Let ' s
head f or Sar di ni a. Now! ' The Cost a Smer al da i n Sar di ni a i s
one of t he
most ' pl aces al ong t he Medi t er r anean coast . The ' t own of
Por t o Cer vo
i s a haven f or t he weal t hy, wi t h a l ar ge par t of t he ar ea
dot t ed wi t h
vi l l as bui l t by Al y Khan. The f i r st t hi ng Har r y St anf or d
di d when t hey
docked was t o head f or a t el ephone boot h. . Dmi t r i f ol l owed
hi m, st andi ng
guar d out si de t he boot h. ' want t o pl ace a cal l t o Banca.
d' I t al i a i n
Rome The phone boot h door cl osed- , The conver sat i on
l ast ed f or - al most
hal f an hour . When St anf or d came out of t he phone boot h,
he was gr i m.
Dmi t r i wonder ed what was goi ng on. St anf or d and Sophi a had
l unch at t he
beach o f Li sci a di Vacca. St anf or d or der ed f or t hem. ' ' l l
st ar t wi t h
mal l or eddus. ' Fl akes of dough made of har d- gr ai n 27 wheat .
' t he
por ceddu. ' Li t t l e suckl i ng pi g, cooked wi t h myr t l e and bay
l eaves. ' a
wi ne, we' l l have t he Vemacci a, and f or desser t , we' l l have
sebadas. "
Fr i ed f r i t t er s f i l l ed wi t h f r esh cheese and gr at ed l emon
r i nd, dust ed
wi t h bi t t er honey and sugar . gbene, si gnor . ' The wai t er
wal ked away,
i mpr essed. As St anf or d t ur ned t o t al k t o Sophi a, hi s hear t
suddenl y
ski pped a beat . Near t he ent r ance t o t he r est aur ant t wo
men wer e
seat ed at a t abl e, st udyi ng hi m. Dr essed i n dar k sui t s i n
t he summer
sun, t hey wer e not even bot her i ng t o pr et end t hey wer e
t our i st s. Ar e
t hey af t er me or ar e t hey i nnocent st r anger s? I must n' t
l et my
i magi nat i on r un away wi t h me, St anf or d t hought . Sophi a was
speaki ng.
" I ' ve never asked you bef or e. What busi ness ar e you i nt
St anf or d st udi ed
her . I t was r ef r eshi ng t o be wi t h someone who knew not hi ng
about hi m.
" I ' mr et i r ed, ' he t ol d her . ' j ust t r avel ar ound, enj oyi ng
t he wor l d. "
" And you' r e al l by your sel f f Her voi ce was f i l l ed wi t h
sympat hy. ' must
be ver y l onel y. ' I t was al l he coul d do not t o l augh
al oud. ' , I am. I ' m
gl ad you' r e her e wi t h me. ' She put her hand over hi s. ' ,
t oo, car o. ' Out
of t he comer of hi s eye, St anf or d saw t he t wo men l eave.
When l uncheon
was over , St anf or d and Sophi a and Dmi t r i r et ur ned t o t own.
28 St anf or d
headed f or a t el ephone boot h. ' want t he Cr 6di t Lyonnai s
i n Par i s . . . '
Wat chi ng hi m, Sophi a spoke t o Dmi t r i . ' ' s a wonder f ul man,
i sn' t het ' ' s
no one l i ke hi m. ' ' you been wi t h hi ml ong?' ' year s, '
Dmi t r i sai d. ' ' r e
l ucky. ' ' know. ' Dmi t r i wal ked over an@st ood guar d r i ght
out si de t he
t el ephone boot h. He hear d St anf or d sayi ng, ' Ren& You know
why I ' m
cal l i ng . . . Yes . . . Yes . . . You wi l l ? . . . That ' s
wonder f ul ! ' Hi s voi ce
was f i l l ed wi t h r el i ef . ' . . . not t her e.
Let ' s meet i n Cor si ca. That ' s per f ect . Af t er our meet i ng,
I can r et ur n
di r ect l y home. Thank you, Renv St anf or d put down t he
r ecei ver . He st ood
t her e a moment , smi l i ng, t hen di al ed a number i n Bost on. A
secr et ar y
answer ed. " Mr . Fi t zger al d' s of f i ce. ' ' i s Har r y St anf or d.
Let me t al k t o
hi m. ' ' , Mr . St anf or d! I ' msor r y, Mr . Fi t zger al d i s on
vacat i on.
Can. someone el se . . . ?' . ' No. I ' mon my way back t o- t he
St at es. You.
t el l hi m1 want hi mi n Bost on at Rose Hi l l at ni ne o' cl ock
Monday
mor ni ng.
Tel l hi mt o br i ng a copy of my wi l l and a not ar y. ' ' ' l l
t r y t o - I " Don' t
t r y. Do i t , my dear . ' He put down t he r eoei ver and st ood
t her e, hi s mi nd
r aci ng. When he st epped out of t he t el ephone boot h, hi s
voi ce was cal m.
' have a 29 l i t t l e busi ness t o t ake car e of , Sophi a. Go t o
t he Hot el
Pi t r i zza and wai t f or me. ' ' r i ght , ' she sai d
f l i r t at i ousl y. ' ' t be t oo
l ong. ' ' won' t . ' The t wo men wat ched her wal k away. ' ' s
get back t o t he
yacht , ' St anf or d t ol d Dmi t r i . ' ' r e l eavi ng. ' Dmi t r i l ooked
at hi mi n
sur pr i se. ' about . . . T ' can scr ew her way back home. '
When t hey
r et ur ned t o t he Bl ue Ski es, Har r y St anf or d went t o see
Capt ai n Vacar r o.
' ' r e headi ng f or Cor si ca, ' he sai d. ' ' s shove of f . ' @'
j ust r ecei ved an
updat ed weat her r epor t , Si gnor St anf or d. . I ' maf r ai d
t her e' s a bad
st or m. I t woul d be bet t er i f we wai t ed i t out and - ' '
want t o l eave
now, capt ai n. ' Capt ai n Vacaf f o hesi t at ed. ' wi l l be a
r ough voyage, si r .
I t ' s a l i becdo - t he sout hwest wi nd. We' l l have heavy seas
and squal l s. '
' don' t car e about t hat . ' The meet i ng i n Cor si ca was goi ng
t o sol ve al l
hi s pr obl ems. He t ur ned t o Dmi t r i . ' want you t o ar r ange
f or a
hel i copt er t o pi ck us up i n Cor si ca and t ake us t o Napl es.
Use t he
publ i c t el ephone on t he dock. "
" Yes, si r . ' Dmi t r i Kami nsky wal ked back t o t he dock and
ent er ed t he
t el ephone boot h. Twent y mi nut es l at er , Bl ue Ski es was
under wei gh.
Chapt er Four .
Hi s i dol was Dan Quayl e, and he of t en used t he name as hi s
t ouchst one. @
, ' don' t car e what you say about Quayl e, he' s t he onl y
pol i t i ci an wi t h
r eal val ues. Fami l y - t hat ' s what i t ' s al l about . Wi t hout
f ami l y val ues,
t hi s count r y woul d be up t he cr eek even wor se t han i t i s.
Al l t hese
young ki ds ar e l i vi ng t oget her wi t hout bei ng mar r i ed, - and
havi ng
babi es. I t ' s shocki ng. No wonder t her e' s so much cr i me. I f
Dan Quayl e
ever r uns f or pr esi dent , he' s sur e got my vot e. ' I t was a
shame, he
t hought , t hat he coul dn' t vot e because of a st upi d l aw,
but , r egar dl ess,
he was behi nd Quayl e al l t he way. . He had f our chi l dr en:
Bi l l y, ei ght ,
and t he gi r l s - Amy, Cl ar i ssa, and Susan, t en, t wel ve, and
f our t een.
They wer e wonder f ul chi l dr en, and hi s gr eat est j oy was
spendi ng what he
l i ked t o cal l qual i t y t i me wi t h t hem. Hi s weekends wer e
t ot al l y devot ed.
t o t he chi l dr en. He bar becued f or t hem, pl ayed wi t h t hem,
t ook t hemt o
movi es and bal l games, and hel ped t hemwi t h t hei r
homewor k. Al l t he
youngst er s i n t he nei ghbor hood ador ed hi m. He r epai r ed
t hei r bi kes and
t oys, and 31 i nvi t ed t hemon pi cni cs wi t h hi s f ami l y. They
gave hi mt he
ni ckname of Papa. On a sunny Sat ur day mor ni ng, he was
seat ed i n t he
bl eacher s, wat chi ng t he basebal l game. i t was a
pi ct ur e- per f ect day,
wi t h war msunshi ne and f l uf f y cumul us cl ouds dappl i ng t he
sky. Hi s
ei ght - year - ol d son, Bi l l y, was at bat , l ooki ng ver y
pr of essi onal and
gr own up i n hi s Li t t l e League uni f or m. Papa' s t hr ee gi r l s
and hi s wi f e
wer e at hi s si de. I t doesn' t get any bet t er t han t hi s, he
t hought
happi l y. Why can' t al l f wni f i es be l i ke our s? I t was t he
bot t omof t he
ei ght h i nni ng, t he scor e was t i ed, wi t h t wo out s and t he
bases l oaded.
Bi l l y was at t he pl at e, t hr ee bal l s and t wo st r i kes
agai nst hi m. Papa
cal l ed out , encour agi ngl y, ' Get ' em, Bi l l y! Over t he f ence! '
Bi l l y wai t ed
f or t he pi t ch. I t was f ast and l ow, and Bi l l y swung wi l dl y
and mi ssed.
The umpi r e yel l ed, ' t hr eel ' The i nni ng was over . ' wer e
gr oans and
cheer s f r omt he cr owd of par ent s and f ami l y f r i ends. Bi l l y
st ood t her e
di shear t ened, wat chi ng t he t eams change si des. Papa cal l ed
out , ' ' s al l
r i ght , son. You' l l do i t next t i me! ' Bi l l y t r i ed t o f or ce
a smi l e. J ohn
Cot t on, t he t eammanager , was wai t i ng f or Bi l l y. ' ' r e
out t a t he game! '
he sai d. 32 ut , Mr cot t on . . . ' @Go on. Get of f t he f i el d. '
Bi l l y' s f at her
wat ched i n hur t amazement as hi s son t he f i el d.
He can' t do t hat , he t hought . He has t o gi ve pi l l y anot her
chance. r u
have t o speak t o Mr . Cot t on and At t hat i nst ant , t he
cel l ul ar phone he
car r i ed Val i g. He l et i t r i ng f our t i mes bef or e he
answer ed i t . Onl y one
per son had t he number . . He knows I hat e t o
" Wbe di st ur bed on weekends, he t hought angr i l y. R I t l y,
he l i f t ed t he
ant enna, pr essed a but t on, e uct an And spoke i nt o t he
mout hpi ece. ' I
l i ne voi ce at t he ot her end spoke qui et l y f or sever al
mi nut es. Papa
l i st ened, noddi ng f r omt i me t o t i me. Pi nal l y l i e sai d, ' .
I under st and.
I ' l l t ake car e of i t . ' He put t he phone away. ' ever yt hi ng
al l r i ght ,
dar l i ng?' hi s wi f e asked. ' . I ' maf r ai d i t i sn' t . They
want me t o wor k
over t he weekend. I was pl anni ng a ni ce bar becue f or us
t omor r ow. , Hi s
wi f e t ook hi s hand and sai d l ovi ngl y, ' ' t wor r y about i t .
Your wor k i s
mor e i mpor t ant . ' Not as i mpor t ant as my f ami l y, he t hought
st ubbor nl y.
Dan Quayl e woul d under st and Hi s hand began t o i t ch
f i er cel y and he
=at ched i t . Why does i t do t hat ? he wonder ed. r 1l have t o
see a
der mat ol ogi st one of t hese days. J ohn Cot t on was t he
assi st ant manager
at t he l ocal super mar ket . A bur l y man i n hi s f i f f i es, he
had agr eed 33
t o manage t he Li t t l e League t eambecause hi s son was a
bal l pl ayer . Hi s.
t eamhad l ost t hat af t er noon because of young Bi l l y. The
super mar ket had
cl osed, and J ohn Cot t on was i n t he par ki ng l ot , wal ki ng
t owar d hi s car ,
when a st r anger appr oached hi m, car r yi ng a package. ' me,
Mr . Cot t on. '
' ?' ' wonder i f I coul d t al k t o you f or a moment ?' `1The
st or e i s
cl osed. ' ' , i t ' s not t hat . I want ed t o t al k t o you about
my son. Bi l l y
i s ver y upset t hat you t ook hi mout of t he game and t ol d
hi mhe coul dn' t
pl ay agai n. ' ' i s your son? I ' msor r y he was even i n t he
game. He' l l
never be a bal l pl ayer . ' _ Bi l l y' s f at her sai d ear nest l y, ,
" You' r e not
bei ng f ai r , Mr . Cot t on. I know Bi l l y. He' s r eal l y a f i ne
bal l pl ayer .
You' l l see. When he pl ays next Sat ur day - t ' i sn' t goi ng
t o pl ay next
Sat ur day. He' s out . ' ' . . . %' but s. That ' s i t . Now, i f
t her e' s not hi ng
el se . . . ' , t her e i s. ' Bi l l y' s f at her had unwr apped t he
package i n hi s
hand, r eveal i ng a basebal l bat . He sai d pl eadi ngl y, " Thi s
i s t he bat
t hat Bi l l y used. You can see t hat i t ' s chi pped, so i t
i sn' t f ai r t o
puni sh hi mbecause - ' ' , mi st er , I don' t gi ve a damn about
t he bat . Your
son i s out ! ' Bi l l y' s f at her si ghed unhappi l y.
" You' r e sur e you won' t change your - mi nd?' 34 ' chance. '
As Cot t on
r eached f or t he door handl e of hi s car , Bi l l y' s f at her
swung t he bat
agai nst t he r ear wi ndow, gmashi ng i t . Cot t on st ar ed at hi m
i n shock.
" What . . . what t he bel l ar e you doi ne. ' e ' up, ' Papa
expl ai ned.
He r ai sed t he bat swung i t agai n, smashi ng i t agai nst
Cot t on' s pj ohn
Cot t on scr eamed and f el l t o t he gr ound, wr i t h- i n pai n.
' ' r e cr azy! " he
yel l ed. ' ! ' s f at her knel t besi de hi mand sai d sof t l y, '
mor e sound, and
I ' l l br eak your ot her kneecap. ' - Cot t on st ar ed up at hi m
i n agony,
t er r i f i ed. ' my son i sn' t i n t he game next Sat ur day, I ' l l
ki l l you and
I ' l l ki l l your son. Do I make mysel f cl ear t Cot t on l ooked
i nt o t he man' s
eyes and nodded, , t o keep f r omscr eami ng wi t h - pai n.
" Good. Oh, and I woul dn' t want t hi s t o get out . I @ve got
f r i ends. ' He
l ooked at hi s wat ch. He had j ust enough t i me t o cat ch t he
next f l i ght t o
Bost on. Hi s hand @6egan t o i t ch agai n. At seven o' cl ock
Sunday mor ni ng,
dr essed i n a vest ed si nt and car r yi ng an expensi ve l eat her
br i ef case, he
wal ked past Vendome, t hr ough Copl ey Squar e, and on t o
St uar t St r eet . A
hal f bl ock past t he Par k Pl aza Cast l e, he ent er ed t he
Bost on Tr ust
Bui l di ng and appr oached t he guar d. Wi t h dozens of t enant s
i n t he 35 huge
bui l di ng, t hemwoul d be no way t he guar d at t he r ccept i on
desk coul d
i dent i f y hi m. Good mor ni ng, ' t he man sai d. ' mor ni ng, si r .
May I hel p
yout He si ghed. ' God can' t hel p me. They t hi nk I have
not hi ng t o do but
spend my Sundays doi ng t he wor k t hat someone el se shoul d
have done. ' The
guar d sai d, sympat het i cal l y, ' know t he f eel i ng. ' He
pushed a l og book
f or war d. ' you si gn i n, pl easet He si gned i n and wal ked
over t o t he bank
of el evat or s. The of f i ce he was l ooki ng f or was on t he
f i f t h f l oor . He
t ook t he el evat or t o t he si xt h f l oor , wal ked down a
f l i ght , and moved
down t he cor r i dor . The l egend on t he door r ead, RENQui st ,
RENQui s- r &
Ff f z- GMALD, ATMRNEYS AT LAw. He l ooked ar ound t o make
cer t ai n t he
cor r i dor was deser t ed, t hen opened hi s br i ef case and t ook
out a smal l
pi ck and a t ensi on t ool . I t t ook hi mf i ve seconds t o open
t he l ocked
door . He st epped i nsi de and cl osed t he door behi nd hi m.
The r ecept i on r oomwas f ur ni shed i n ol d- f ashi oned,
conser vat i ve t ast e,
as bef i t t ed one of Bost on' s t op l aw f i r ms. The man st ood
t her e a moment ,
or i ent i ng hi msel f , t hen moved t owar d t he back, t o a f i l i ng
r oomwher e
r ecor ds wer e kept . I nsi de t he r oomwas a bank of st eel
cabi net s wi t h
al phabet i cal l abel s on t he f r ont . He t r i ed t he cabi net
mar ked R- S. I t
was l ocked. Fr omhi s br i ef case, he r emoved a bl ank key, a
f i l e, and a
pai r of pl i er s. He pushed t he bl ank key i nsi de 36 sma
cabi net l ock,
gent l y t ur ni ng i t f r omsi de t o si de. Af t er a moment , he
wi t hdr ew i t and
exami ned @' : j be bl ack mar ki ngs on i t . Hol di ng t he key wi t h
t he pl i er s,
he car ef ul l y f i l ed of f t he bl ack spot s. put t he key i nt o
t he l ock agai n,
and r epeat ed t he ur e. He was hummi ng qui et l y t o hi msel f as
he t he l ock,
and he smi l ed as he suddenl y r eal i zed he was hummi ng: '
Away.
Pl aces' . I ' l l t ake " , ; f t y f ami l y on vacat i on, he t hought
happi l y. A r eal
I ' l l bet t he ki dy w6ul d l ove Hawai i . ' cabi net dr awer came
open, and he
pul l ed i t t owar d hi m. I t t ook onl y a moment t o f i nd t he
f ol der he
want ed. He r emoved a smal l , Pent ax camer a f r om@; , hi s
br i ef case and went
t o wor k. Ten mi nut es l at er he was f i ni shed. He t ook
sever al pi eces of
Kl eenex f r omt he br i ef case, wal ked over t o t he wat er
cool er , and wet
t hem. He r et ur ned t o t he f i l i ng r oomand wi ped up t he
st eel shavi ngs on
t he f l oor . He l ocked t he f i l e cabi net , made hi s way out t o
t he cor r i dor ,
l ocked. t he f r ont door t o t he of f i ces, and l ef t t he
bui l di ng.
Chapt er Fi ve.
At sea, l at er t hat eveni ng, Capt ai n Vacar r o came t o Har r y
St anf or d' s
st at er oom. ' St anf or d . . ' ?' The capt ai n poi nt ed t o t he
el ect r oni c map
on t he wal l . ' ' maf r ai d t he wi nds ar e get t i ng wor se. The
l i becdo i s
cent er ed i n t he St r ai t of Boni f aci o. I woul d suggest t hat
we t ake
shel t er i n a har bor unt i l - ' St anf or d cut hi mshor t . ' i s
a good shi p,
and you' r e a good capt ai n. I ' msur e you can handl e i t . "
Capt ai n Vacar r o
hesi t at ed. ' you say, si gnor . I wi l l do my best . ' ' ' msur e
you wi l l ,
capt ai n. ' Har r y St anf or d sat i n t he of f i ce of hi s sui t e,
pl anni ng hi s
st r at egy. He woul d meet Ren6 i n Cor si ca and get ever yt hi ng
st r ai ght ened
out . Af t er t hat , t he hel i copt er woul d f l y hi mt o Napl es,
and f r omt her e
he woul d char t er a pl ane t o t ake hi mt o Bost on.
Ever yt hi ng i s goi ng t o be f i ne, he deci ded. Al l I need i s
f or t y- ei ght
hour s. J ust f oqy- ei ght hour s. 38 l i e was awakened at 2 A. m.
by t he wi l d
pi t chi ng of t he yacht and a howl i ng gal e out si de. St anf or d
had been i n
st or ms bef or e, but t hi s was one of t he wor st . Capt ai n
Vacar r o had been
r i ght . Har r y St anf or d got out of bed, hol di ng on t o t he
ni ght st and t o
st eady hi msel f , and made hi s way t o t he wal l map. The shi p
was i n t he
St r ai t of Boni f aci o. We shoul d be i n Aj acci o i n t he
nexi f i ew hour s, he
t hought . Once we' r e t her e, we' l l be saf e. The event s t hat
occur r ed l at er
t hat ni ght wer e a mat t er of specul at i on. The paper s st r ewn
ar ound t he
ver anda suggest ed t hat t he st r ong wi nd had bl own some of
t he ot her s away,
and ' Har r y St anf or d had t r i ed t o r et r i eve t hem, but
because of t he
pi t chi ng yacht he had l ost hi s bal ance and f al l en
over boar d. Dmi t r i
Kami nsky saw hi mf al l i nt o t he wat er and i mmedi at el y
gr abbed t he
i nt er com. ' over boar d! "
Chapt er Si x.
Capt ai ne Fr angoi s Dur er , chef de Pol i ce i n Cor si ca, was i n
a f oul mood.
The i sl and was over cr owded wi t h st upi d summer t our i st s who
wer e
i ncapabl e of hol di ng ont o t hei r passpor t s@t hei r wal l et s,
or t hei r
chi l dr en. Compl ai nt s had comd st r eami ng i n al l day l ong t o
t he t i ny
pol i ce headquar t er s at 2 Cour s Napol 6on of f Rue Ser gent
Casal onga. ' man
snat ched my pur se. ' ' shi p sai l ed wi t hout me. My wi f e i s
on boar d. ' '
bought t hi s wat ch f r omsomeone on t he st r eet . i t has
not hi ng i nsi de. ' '
dr ugst or es her e don' t car r y t he pi l l s I need. ' The
pr obl ems wer e
endl ess, endl ess, endl ess. And now i t seemed t hat t he
capi t ai ne had a
body on hi s hands. ' have no t i me f or t hi s now, ' he
snapped. ' t hey' r e
wai t i ng out si de, ' hi s assi st ant i nf or med hi m.
" What shal l I t el l t hem?, Capi t ai ne Dur er was i mpat i ent t o
get t o hi s
mi st r ess. Hi s i mpul se was t o say, ' t he body t o some ot her
40 ut he was,
af t er al l , t he chi ef pol i ce of f i ci al t he i sl and. e wel l . '
He si ghed.
' ' l l see t hembr i ef l y. ' moment l at er , Capt ai n Vacar r o and
Dmi t r i
@@] Kami nsky wer e usher ed i nt o t he of f i ce. ; 1" . . &S. t 1
down, ' Capi t ai ne
Dur er sai d, ungr aci ousl y. The t wo men t ook chai r s. ' me,
pl ease, exact l y
what occur r ed. ' Capt ai n Vacar r o sai d, ' ' mnot sur e
exact l y. I di dn' t see
i t happen. ' He t ur ned t o Dmi t r i Kami nsky. ' E; 1%was an
eyewi t ness.
Per haps he shoul d expl ai n i t . ' Dmi t r i t ook a deep br eat h.
" I t was t er r i bl e. I wor k wor ked f or t he man. ' ' what ,
monsi eur t
" Bodyguar d, masseur , chauf f eur . Our yacht was caught i n
t he st or ml ast
ni ght . I t was ver y bad. He ' me t o gi ve hi ma massage t o
r el ax hi m.
Af t er war d, he asked me t o get hi ma sl eepi ng pi l l . They
wer e i n t he
bat hr oom. When I r et ur ned, he was st andi ng out on t he
ver anda, at t he
r ai l i ng. The st or mwas t ossi ng t he yacht ar ound. He had
been hol di ng
some paper s i n hi s hand. One of t hemf l ew away, and he
r eached out t o
gr ab f or i t , l ost hi s bal ance, and f el l over t he si de. I
r aced t o save
hi m, but t her e was not hi ng I coul d do. I cal l ed f or hel p.
Capt ai n
Vacar r o i mmedi at el y st opped t he yacht , and t hr ough t he
capt ai n' s her oi c
ef f or t s, we f ound hi m. But i t was t oo l at e. He had
dr owned. ' ' amver y
sor r y. ' He coul d not have car ed l ess. 41 capt ai n vacar r o
spoke, up. '
wi nd, and t he sea car r i ed t he body back t o' t he Yacht . I t
was pur e l uck,
but ' now we woul d l i ke per mi ssi on t o t ake t he body home. ' '
shoul d be no
pr obl em. ' He woul d st i l l have t i me t o have a dr i nk wi t h
hi s mi st r ess
bef or e he went home t o hi s wi f e. I wi l l have a deat h
cer t i f i cat e and an
exi t vi sa f or t he body pr epar ed at once. ' He pi cked up a
yel l ow pad.
- The name of t he vi ct i m?' ' St anf or d. ' Capi t ai ne Dur er was
suddenl y ver y
st i l l . He l ooked up. ' St anf or dr ' . ' ' Har r y St al nf or d?,
" Yes. ' And
Capi t ai r ke Dur er ' s f ut ur e suddenl y became much br i ght er .
The gods had
dr opped manna i n hi s l ap. Har r y St anf , ' Or d was an
i nt er nat i onal l egend!
The news of hi s deat i l woul d r ever ber at e ar ound t he wor l d,
and he,
Capi t ai r l e Dur er , was i n cont r ol of t he si t uat i on. The
i mmedi at e
quest i on was how t o mani pul at e i t f or t he maxi mi 4mbenef i t
t o hi msel f
Dur er sat t her e, st ar i ng i nt o spac@e, t hi nki ng. ' soon
c. - an you r el ease
t he bodyt Capt ai n Vacar r o asked. He l ooked up- _ ' . That ' s
a good
quest i on. ' How much t i me wi l l i t l ake f or t he pr ess t o
ar r i ve?
Shoul d I ask t he yacht ' s c- , apt ai n t o par t i ci pat e i n t he
i nt er vi ew? No.
Why shar e At he gl or y wi t h hi m? I wi l l handl e t hi s 42 ' i s
much t o be
done, ' he sai d r egr et f ul l y. r s t o pr epar e . . . ' He si ghed.
' coul d wel l
be a , " Rape k or mor e. ' Capt ai n Vacar r o was appal l ed. '
week or mor e?
" ' But you sai d ' ar e cer t ai n f or mal i t i es t o be obser ved, "
Dur er sai d
st er nl y. ' mat t er s can' t be r ushed. He pi cked . t he yel l ow
pad agai n. '
i s t he next of ki nt Capt ai n Vacar r o l ooked at Dmi t r i f or
hel p. I guess
you' d bet t er check wi t h hi s at t or neys i n Bost on. ' '
names?9 ' , Renqui st
& Fi t zger al d. "
Chapt er Seven.
Al t hough t he l egend on t he door r ead RENQuw, RENQui st &
Ff f zgmal d, t he
t wo Renqui st s had been l ong, deceased. Si mon Fi t zger al d
was st i l l ver y
much al i ve, and at sevent y- si x, he was t he dynamo t hat
power ed t he
of f i ce, wi t h si xt y at t or neys wor ki ng under hi m. He was
per i l ousl y t hi n,
wi t h a f ul l mane of whi t e hai r , and he wal ked wi t h t he
st er nl y st r ai ght
car r i age of a mi l i t ar y man. At t he moment , he was paci ng
back and f or t h,
hi s mi nd i n a t ur moi l . He st opped i n f r ont of hi s
secr et ar y. ' Mr .
St anf or d t el ephoned, di dn' t he gi ve any i ndi cat i on of what
he want ed t o
see me about so ur gent l y?' ' , si r . He j ust sai d he want ed
you t o be at
hi s house at ni ne o' cl ock Monday mor ni ng, and t o br i ng hi s
wi l l and a
not ar y. ' ' you. Ask Mr . Sl oane t o come i n. ' St eve Sl oane
was one of t he
br i ght , i nnovat i ve at t or neys i n t he of f i ce. A Har var d Law
School
gr aduat e i n hi s f or t i es, he was t al l and l ean, wi t h bl ond
hai r , amusedl y
i nqui si t i ve bl ue eyes, and an easy, gr acef ul 44 He was t he
t r oubl eshoot er f or t he f i r m, and Fi t zger al d' s choi ce t o
t ake over one
day. I f I on had a son, Fi t zger al d t hought , I woul d have
want ed - A t o be
l i ke St eve. He wat ched as St eve Sl oane wal ked ' ' r e
supposed t o be sal mon
f i shi ng up i n New- St eve sai d. ' came up. Si t down, St eve.
We have a
pr obl em. ' St eve si ghed. ' el se i s new?' ' ' s about Har r y
St anf or d. ' Har r y
St anf or d was one of t hei r most pr est i gi ous cl i ent s. Hal f a
dozen ot her
l aw f i r ms handl ed var i ous St anf or d Ent er pr i ses
subsi di ar i es, but
Renqui st , Renqui st & Fi t zger al d handl ed hi s per sonal
af f ai r s. Except f or
Fi t zger al d, none of t he member s of t he f i r mhad ever met
hi m, but he
was a l egend ar ound t he of f i ce.
" What ' s St anf or d done now?' St eve asked. ' ' s got t en
hi msel f dead. " St eve
l ooked at hi m, shocked. ' ' s what t ' j ust r ecei ved a f ax
f r omt he. Fr ench
pol i ce i n Cor si ca. Appar ent l y St anf or d f el l of f hi s yacht
and dr owned
yest er day. ' ' God! ' ' know you' ve never met hi m, but I ' ve
r epr esent ed
hi mf or mor e t han t hi r t y year s. He was a di f f i cul t man. "
Fi t zger al d
l eaned back i n hi s chai r , t hi nki ng about t he past . ' wer e
r eal l y t wo
Har r y St anf or ds - t he 45 publ i c one who coul d coax t he
bi r ds of f t he
money t r ee, and t he sonof abi t ch who t ook pl easur el i n
dest r oyi ng peopl e.
He was a char mer , but he coul d t ur n on you l i ke a cobr a.
He had a spl i t
per sonal i t y - he was bot h t he snake char mer and t he
snake. ' '
f asci nat i ng. ' ' was about t hi r t y year s ago - t hi r t y- one,
t o be exact -
when I j oi ned t hi s l aw f i r m. Ol d Man Renqui st handl ed
St anf or d t hen. You
know how peopl e use t he phr ase " l ar ger t han l i f e" ? Wel l ,
Har r y St anf or d
was r eal l y l ar ger t han l i f e. I f he di dn' t , exi st , you
coul dn' t have
i nvent ed hi m. He was a col ossus. He had an I ng ener gy and
ambi t i on. He
was a gr eat at hl et e. He boxed i n col l ege and was a
t en- goal pol o pl ayer .
But even when he was young, Har r y St anf or d was i mpossi bl e.
He was t he
onl y man I ' ve ever known who wag t ot al l y wi t hout
compassi on. He was
sadi st i c and vi ndi ct i ve, and he had t he i nst i nct s of a
vul t ur e. He l oved
f or ci ng hi s compet i t or s i nt o bankr upt cy. I t was r umor ed
t hat t her e was
mor e t han one sui ci de because of hi m. ' ' sounds l i ke a
monst er . ' ' t he
one hand, yes. On t he ot her hand, he f ounded an or phanage
i n New Gui nea
and a hospi t al i n Bombay, and he gave mi l l i ons t o char i t y
- anonymousl y.
No one ever knew what t o expect next . ' ' di d he become so
weal t hyt ' ' s
your Gr eek myt hol ogyt ' ' ma - l i t t l e r ust y. ' 46 of Oedi pust
' know t he
st or y St eve nodded. ' ki l l ed hi s f at her t o get hi s
mot her . ' ' . Wel l ,
t hat was Har r y St anf or d. Onl y he ki l l ed hi s f at her t o get
hi s mot her ' s
vot e. ' St eve was st ar i ng at hi m. ' Fi t zger al d l eaned
f or war d. ' t he
ear l y t hi r t i es, E" " Har r y' s f at her had a gr ocer y st or e her e
i n Bost on. I t
di d so wel l t hat he opened a second one, and pr et t y soon
he had a smal l
chai n of gr ocer y st or es. When H411M f i ni shed col l ege, hi s
f at her br ought
hi mi nt o t he busi ness as a par t ner and put hi mon t he
boar d of
di r ect or s. As I sai d, Har r y was ambi t i ous. He had bi g
r eams I nst ead of
buyi ng meat f r ompacki ng houses, he want ed t he chai n t o
r ai se i t s own
l i vest ock. He want ed i t t o buy l and, and gr ow i t s own
veget abl es, can
i t s own goods. Hi s f at her di sagr eed, and t hey f ought a
l ot . ' Har r y had
hi s bi ggest br ai nst or mof al l . He t ol d hi s f at her he
want ed t he company
t o bui l d a chai n of super mar ket s t hat sol d ever yt hi ng f r om
aut omobi l es
t o f ur ni t ur e t o l i f e i nsur ance, at a di scount , and char ge
cust omer s a
member shi p f ee. Har r y' s f at her t hought he was cr azy, and
he t ur ned down
t he i dea. But Har r y di dn' t i nt end t o l et anyt hi ng get i n
hi s way. He
deci ded he had t o get r i d of t he ol d man. He per suaded hi s
f at her t o
t ake a l ong vacat i on, and whi l e he was away, Har r y went t o
wor k char mi ng
t he boar d of di r ect or s. ' was a br i l l i ant sal esman and he
sol d t hemon
47 hi s, - concept . He per suaded hi s aunt and uncl e, who wer e
on t he boar d,
t o vot e f or hi m. He r omanced t he ot her member s of t he
boar d. He t ook
t hemt o l unch, went f ox hunt i ng wi t h one, gol f i ng wi t h
anot her . He sl ept
wi t h a boar d membees wi f e who had i nf l uence over her
husband. But i t was
hi s mot her who hel d t he l ar gest bl ock of st ock and had t he
f i nal vot e.
Har r y per suaded her t o gi ve i t t o hi mand t o vot e agai nst
her husband. ' ,
" Mat ' s unbel i evabl e! ' ' Har r y' s f at her r et ur ned, he
l ear ned t hat hi s
f ami l y had vot ed hi mout of t he company. ' GMy God! s ' ' s
mor e. Har r y
wasn' t sat i sf i ed wi t h t hat .
When hi s f at her t r i ed t o get i nt o hi s own of f i ce, he f ound
t hat he was
bar r ed f r omt he bui l di ng. And, r emember , Har r y was onl y i n
hi s t hi r t i es
t hen. Hi s ni ckname ar ound t he company was t he I ceman. But
cr edi t wher e
cr edi t i s due, St eve. He si ngl e- handedl y bui l t . St anf or d
Ent er pr i ses
i nt o one of t he bi ggest pr i vat el y hel d congl omer at es i n
t he wor l d. He
expanded t he company t o i ncl ude t i mber , chemi cal s,
communi cat i ons,
el ect r oni cs, and a st agger i ng amount of r eal est at e. And
he wound up
wi t h. al l t he st ock. ' ' must have been an i ncr edi bl e man, '
St eve sai d.
" He was. To men - and t o wor nen. ' ' he mar r i edt Si mon
Fi t zger al d sat
t her e f or a l ong t i me, r emember i ng. When he f i nal l y spoke
he sai d,
" Har r y St anf or d 48 mar r i ed t o one of t he most beaut i f ul
women I ' ve
, ' , , 4ver seen. Emi l y Templ e. They had t hr ee chi l dr en, t wo
boys and a
gi r l . Emi l y came f r oma ver y soci al f ami l y " " I n Hobe
Sound, Fl or i da. She
ador ed Har r y, and she t o cl ose her eyes t o hi s cheat i ng,
but one day i t
C. t ot t o be t oo much f or her . She had a gover ness f or 4he
chi l dr en, a
woman named Rosemar y Nel son. Young and at t r act i ve. What
made her even
mor e 4t t r act i ve t o Har r y St anf or d was t he f act t hat she
r ef used t o go t o
bed wi t h hi m. I t dr ove hi mcr azy. He wasn' t used t o
r ej ect i on. Wel l ,
when Har r y St anf or d t ur ned on t he char m, he was
i r r esi st i bl e. He f i nal l y
got Rosemar y i nt o bed. He got her pr egnant , and she went
t o see a
doct or . Unf or t unat el y, t he doct or ' s son- i n- l aw @was a
col umni st , and he
got hol d of t he st or y and pr i nt ed i t . Ther e was one hel l
of a scandal .
You know Bost on. I t , was al l over t he newspaper s. I st i l l
have cl i ppi ngs
about i t somewher e. ' ' she get an abor t i ont Fi t zger al d
shook hi s head.
' . Har r y want ed her t o have one, but she r ef used. They had
a t er r i bl e
scene. He t ol d her he l oved her and want ed t o mar r y her .
Of cour se, he
had t ol d t hat t o dozens of women. But Emi l y over hear d t hei r
conver sat i on,
and i n t he mi ddl e of t hat same ni ght she commi t t ed
sui ci de. ' ' ' s awf ul .
What happened t o t he gover ness?' ' Nel son di sappear ed. We
know t hat she
had a daught er she named J ul i a, at St . J oseph' s Hospi t al
i n Mi l waukee.
She sent a not e t o St anf or d, but , I 49 don' t bel i eve he
even bot her ed t o
r epl y. By t hen, he was i nvol ved wi t h someone new. He
wasn' t i nt er est ed
i n Rosemar y anymor e. ' ' . . . "
" The r eal t r agedy i s what happened l at er . The chi l dr en
r i ght f ul l y bl amed
t hei r f at her f or t hei r mot her ' s sui ci de. They wer e t en,
t wel ve, and
f our t een at t he t i me. Ol d enough t o f eel t he pai n, but t oo
young t o
f i ght t hei r f at her . They hat ed hi m. And Har r y' s gr eat est
f ear was t hat
one day t hey woul d do t o hi mwhat he had done t o hi s own
f at her . So he
di d ever yt hi ng he coul d t o make sur e t hat never happened.
He sent t hem
away t o di f f er ent boar di ng school s and summer camps, and
ar r anged f or
hi s chi l dr en t o see as l i t t l e of one anot her as possi bl e.
They r ecei ved
no money f r omhi m. They l i ved on t he smal l t r ust t hat
t hei r mot her had
l ef t t hem. Al l t hei r l i ves he used t he car r ot - and st i ck
appr oach wi t h
t hem. He hel d out hi s f or t une as t he caf f ot , t hen wi t hdr ew
i t i f t hey
di spl eased hi m. ' ' ' s happened t o t he chi l dr en?' ' i s a
j udge i n t he
ci r cui t cour t i n Chi cago. Woodr ow doesn' t do anyt hi ng.
He' s a pl ayboy.
He l i ves i n Hobe Sound and gambl es on gol f and pol o. A f ew
year s ago, he
pi cked up a wai t r ess i n a di ner , got her pr egnant , and t o
ever yone' s
sur pr i se, mar r i ed her . Kendal l i s a successf ul f ashi on
desi gner , mar r i ed
t o a Fr enchman. They l i ve i n New Yor k. ' He st ood up.
" St eve, have you ever been t o Cor si ca?' 50 No. ' St an- ' ' d
l i ke you t o
f l y t her e. They' r e hol di ng Har r y 0i s body, and t he pol i ce
r ef use t o
r el ease i t . I want u t o st r ai ght en out t he mat t er . ' '
r i ght . ' I f t her e' s
a chance of your l eavi ng t oday . . . ' . I ' l l wor k i t out . "
f t hank s. I
appr eci at e ' t he Ai r Fr ance commut er f l i ght f r omPar i s t o
COr - a t r avel
book about Cor si ca. st Sl oane r ead eve , " . , He l ear ned t hat
t he i sl and
was l ar gel y mount ai nous, t hat i t s pr i nci pal por t ci t y was
Aj acci o, and
t hat i t was t e. The book was t he bi r t hpl ace of Napol eon
Bonapar f i l l ed
Wi t h i nt er est i ng st at i st i cs, but St eve was t ot al l y As.
t he pl ane unpr epar ed f or t he beaut y Of t he i sl and
appr oached Cor si ca,
f ar bel ow he saw a hi gh sol i d wal l t e Cl i f f s of Dover . of
whi t e r ock
t hat r esembl ed t he Whi I t was br eat ht aki ng- and a t axi
t ook The pl ane
l anded at Aj acci o ai r por t t he Cour s Napol 6on, t he mai n
st r eet t hat St eve
down st r et ched f r ompl ace Gener al de Gaul l e nor t hwar d t o
t he t r ai n
st at i on. He had made ar r angement s f or a pl ane t o st and by
t o f l y Har r y
St anf or d' s body back t o Par i s, wher e t he cof f i n woul d be
t r ansf er r ed t o
a pl ane t o Bost on. Al l he needed was t o get a r el ease f or
t he body. St e
had t he t axi dr op hi mof f at t he Pr ucct ur c bui l di ng on
Cour s Napol 6on.
He went up One f l i ght 51 of st ai r s and wal ked i nt o t he
r ecept i on of f i ce.
A uni f or med ser geant was seat ed at t he desk. ' . Pui sj e
vous ai der ?' ' i s
i n char ge her et ' Dur er . ' ' woul d l i ke t o see hi m,
pl ease. ' ' what i s i t
of concer n i n r el at i onshi p t ot The ser geant was pr oud of
hi s Engl i sh.
St eve t ook out hi s busi ness car d.
" I ' mt he at t or ney f or Har r y St anf or d. I ' ve come t o t ai ke
hi s body back
t o t he St at es. ' The ser geant f r owned. ' , pl ease. ' He
di sappear ed i nt o
Capi t ai ne Dur er ' s of f i ce, car ef ul l y cl osi ng t he door
behi nd hi m.
The of f i ce was cr owded, f i l l ed wi t h r epor t er s f r om
t el evi si on and news
ser vi ces f r omal l over t he gl obe. Ever yone seemed t o be
speaki ng at t he
same t i me. ' , why was he out i n a st or mwhen . . . ?' '
coul d he f al l of f
a yacht i n t he mi ddl e of . . . T ' t her e any si gn of f oul
pl ayt ' you done
an aut opsy?, ' el se was an t he shi p wi t h . . . ' ,
gent l emen. ' Capi t ai ne
Dur er hel d up hi s hand. ' , gent l emen. Pl ease. ' He l ooked
ar ound t he r oom
at al l t he r epor t er s hangi ng on hi s ever y wor d, and he was
ecst at i c. He
had dr eamed of moment s l i ke t hi s. I f I handl e t hi s
pr oper l y, i t wi l l
mean a bi g pr omot i on and - The ser geant i nt er r upt ed hi s
t hought s. ' . ' 52
, , He whi sper ed i n Dur er ' s ear and handed hi mSt eve
Sl oane' s car d.
Capi t ai ne Dur er st udi ed i t and f r owned. ' can' t see hi m
now, ' he
snapped. ' hi mt o come back t omor r ow at t en o' cl ock. ' ' ,
si r . " Capi t ai ne
Dur er wat ched t hought f ul l y as t he ser geant l ef t t he r oom.
He had no
i nt ent i on of - l et t i ng anyone t ake away hi s moment of
gl or y. He t ur ned
back t o t he r epor t er s and smi l ed. ' , what wer e you aski ng
. . . T I I n t he
out er of f i ce, t he ser geant was sayi ng t o Sl oane, ' am
sor r y, but
Capi t ai ne Dur er i s ver y busy i mmedi at el y. He woul d l i ke
you t o expose
your sel f her e t omor r ow mor ni ng at t en o' cl ock. St eve
Sl oane l ooked at
hi mi n di smay. ' mor ni ng? That ' s r i di cul ous - I don' t want
t o- wai t t hat
l ong. ' The ser geant shr ugged. ' i s of your chosen,
monsi eur . ' St eve
f r owned. ' wel l . I don' t have a hot el r eser vat i on. Can you
r ecommend a
hot el t 16mai s oui . I ampl eased t o have r ecommended t he
Col omba, ei ght
Avenue de Par i s. ' T St eve hesi t at ed.
" I sn' t t her e some way . . . ' o' cl ock t omor r ow mor ni ng. 1 -
St eve t ur ned and
wal ked out of t he of f i ce. I n Dur er ' s of f i ce, t he capi t ai ne
was happi l y
copi ng wi t h t he bar r age of r epor t er s' quest i ons.
53 A t el evi si on r epor t er asked, ' can you be sur e i t was
an acci dent t ,
Dur er l ooked i nt o t he l ens of t he camer a. ' , t her e was an
eyewi t ness t o
t hi s t er r i bl e event . Monsi eur St anf or d' s cabi n has an open
ver anda.
Appar ent l y some i mpor t ant paper s f l ew out of hi s hand,
ont o t he t er r ace,
and he r an t o r et r i eve t hem. When he r eached out , he l ost
hi s bal ance
and f el l i nt o t he wat er . Hi s bodyguar d saw i t happen and
i mmedi at el y
cal l ed f or hel p. The shi p st opped, and t hey wer e abl e t o
r et r i eve t he
body. ' ' di d t he aut opsy showt ' i s a smal l i sl and,
gent l emen. We ar e
not pr oper l y equi pped t o do a f ul l aut opsy.
However , our medi cal exami ner r epor t s t hat t he cause of
deat h was
dr owni ng. We f ound seawat er i n hi s l ungs. Ther e wer e no
br vi ses or any
si gns of f oul pl ay. ' ' i s t he body nowt - , ' ar e keepi ng
i t i n t he col d
st or age r oomunt i l aut hor i zat i on i s gi ven f or i t t o be
t aken away! One
of t he phot ogr apher s sai d, ' you mi nd i f we t ake a pi ct ur e
of you,
capi t ai net Capi t ai ne Dur er hesi t at ed f or a dr amat i c
moment . ' .
Pl ease, gent l emen, do what you must . ' And t he camer as
began t o f l ash. He
had l unch at La Font ana on Rue NOt r e Dame, and wi t h t he
r est of t he day
t o ki l l , st ar t ed expl or i ng t he t own. 54 - Aj acci o was a
col or f ul
Medi t er r anean t own t hat st i l l basked i n t he gl or y of
havi ng been
Napol eon Bonapar t e' s bi r t hpl ace. I t hi nk Har r y St anf or d
woul d have
- i dent f i ed wi t h t hi s pl ace, St eve t hought . i t was t he
t our i st season i n
Cor si ca, and t he st r eet s wer e cr owded wi t h vi si t or s
chat t i ng away i n
Fr ench, I t al i an, Ger man and J apanese. That eveni ng St eve
had an
I t al i ai i ' di nner at Le Boccacci o and r et ur ned t o hi s hot el .
' messagest
he asked t he r oomcl er k, opt i mi st i cal l y. ' , monsi eur . ' He
l ay i n bed
haunt ed by what Si mon Fi t zger al d had t ol d hi mabout Har r y
St anf or d. Di d
she get an abor t i on? No. Har r y want ed her t o have one, but
sher ef used
They had a t er r i bl e scene. He t ol d her he l oved her and
want ed t o mar r y
her . Of cour se, he had t ol d t hat t o dozens of women. But
Emi l y over hear d
t hei r conver sat i on, and i n t he mi ddf e of t hat same ni ght
she commi t -
t ed sui ci de. St eve wonder ed how she had done i t . He
f i nal l y f el l asl eep.
At t en o' cl ock t he f ol l owi ng mor ni ng, St eve Sl oane
appear ed agai n at t he
Pr 6f ect ur e. The same ser geant was seat ed behi nd t he desk.
' mor ni ng, '
St eve sai d. 55 ' , monsi eur . Can I hel p t o assi st yout
St eve handed t he
ser geant anot her busi ness car d. ' ' mher e t o see Capi t ai ne
Dur er . ' '
moment . ' The ser geant got up, wal ked i nt o t he i nner
of f i ce, and cl osed
t he door behi nd hi m. Capi t ai ne Dur er , dr essed i n an
i mpr essi ve new
uni f or m, was bei ng i nt er vi ewed by an RAI t el evi si on cr ew
f r omI t al y. He
was l ooki ng i nt o t he camer a. ' I t ook char ge of t he case,
t he f i r st
t hi ng I di d was t o make cer t ai n t hat t her e was no f oul
pl ay i nvol ved i n
Monsi eur St anf or d' s deat h. ' The i nt er vi ewer asked, ' you
wer e sat i sf i ed
t hat t her e was none, capi t ai net " Compl et el y sat i sf i ed.
Ther e i s no
quest i on but t hat i t was an unf or t unat e acci dent . ' The
di r ect or sai d, ' .
Let us cut t o anot her angl e and a cl oser shot . ' The
ser geant t ook t he
oppor t uni t y t o hand Capi t ai ne Dur er Sl oane' s busi ness
car d. ' i s
out si de. ' ' i s t he mat t er wi t h yout Dur er gr owl ed. ' ' t you
see I ' mbusy?
Have hi mcome back t omor r ow. ' He had j ust r ecei ved wor d
t hat t her e wer e
a dozen mor e r epor t er s on t hei r way, some f r omas f ar away
as Russi a and
Sout h Af r i ca. ' . ' ' . ' ' you r eady, capi t ai ne?' t he
di r ect or asked.
Capi t ai ne Dur er smi l ed. ' ' mr eady. ' The ser geant r et ur ned
t o t he out er
of f i ce. ' amsor r y, monsi eur . Capi t ai ne Dur er i s out of
busi ness t oday. '
56 ' amI , ' St eve snapped. ' hi mt hat al l he has t o do i s
si gn a paper
aut hor i zi ng t he r el ease of Mr . St anf or d' s body, and I ' l l
be on my way.
That ' s not t oo much t o ask, i s i t t - ' amaf r ai d, yes. The
capi t ai ne has
many r esponsi bi l i t i es, and ' ' t someone el se gi ve me t he
aut hor i zat i ont
' , no, monsi eur . Onl y t he capi t ai ne can do t he aut hor i t y- ,
I St eve Sl oane
st ood t her e, seet hi ng. ' can I see hi mt ' suggest i f you
t r y agai n
t omor r ow mor ni ng. The phr ase ' agai n' gr at ed on St eve' s
ear s. ' ' l l do
t hat , ' he sai d. ' t he way, I under st and t her e was an
eyewi t ness t o t he
acci dent - Mr . St anf or d' s bodyguar d, a Dmi t r i Kami nsky. '
' . es. @' woul d
l i ke t o t al k t o hi i n. Coul d you t el l me wher e he' s
st ayi ng. ' . ' ' t hat a
hot ef f ' , monsi eur . ' Ther e was pi t y i n hi s voi ce. ' i s a
count r y. ,
St eve' s voi ce r ose an oct ave.
" Ar e you t el l i ng me t hat t he onl y wi t ness t o St anf or d' s
deat h was
al l owed by t he pol i ce t o l eave her e bef or e anyone coul d
i nt er r ogat e
hi mt ' Dr ur er i nt er r ogat ed hi m. ' St eve t ook a deep br eat h.
" Thank you. ' 57 " No pr obl ems, monsi eur . ' When@St eve
r et ur ned t o hi s
hot el , he r epor t ed back t o Si mon Fi t zger al d. ' l ooks l i ke
I ' mgoi ng t o
have t o st ay anot her ni ght her e. 9 ' ' s goi ng on, St evet
" The man i n
char ge seems t o be ver y busy. I t ' s t he t our i st season.
He' s pr obabl y
l ooki ng f or some l ost pur ses. I shoul d be out of her e by
t omor r ow. "
" St ay i n t ouch. ' I n spi t e of hi s i r r i t at i on, St eve f ound
t he i sl and of
Cor si ca enchant i ng. I t had al most a t housand mi l es of
coast l i ne, wi t h
soar i ng, gr ani t e mount ai ns t hat st ayed snow- t opped unt i l
J ul y. The
i sl and had been r ul ed by t he I t al i ans unt i l Fr ance t ook i t
over , and t he
combi nat i on of t he t wo cul t ur es was f asci nat i ng. Dur i ng
hi s di nner at
t he Cr 8per i e U San Car l u, he r emember ed how Si mon
Fi t zger al d had
descr i bed Har r y St anf or d. He was t he onl y man I ' ve ever
known who was
t ot al l y wi t hout compassi on . . . a sadi st i c and vi ndi ct i ve
man. Wel l ,
Har r y St anf or d i s causi ng a hel l of a l ot of t r oubl e even
i n deat h,
St eve t hought . On t he way t o hi s hot el , St eve st opped at a
news- st and
t o pi ck up a copy of t he I nt er nat i onal Her al d Tr i bune. The
headl i ne
r ead: WHAT WI LL HAPPEN TO THE STANFORD EMPI RE? He pai d f or
t he
newspaper , and as he t ur ned t o l eave, hi s eye was caught
by t he
headl i nes 58 V@some of t he f or ei gn paper s on t he St and.
He pi cked t hem
up and l ooked t hr ough t hem, st unned. Ever y t or i es about
t he si ngl e
newspaper had f r ont - page s deat h of Har r y St anf or d, and i n
each one of
t hem, hi s phot ocapi t ai ne Dur er was pr omi nent l y f eat ur ed
ar avh beami ng
f r omt he pages. So t hat ' s what ' s keepi ng hi mso busy!
We' l l see about
t hat . At ni ne f or t y- f i ve t he f ol l owi ni ' mor ni ng, St eve
r et ur ned t o
Capi t ai ne Dur er ' s r ecept i on of f i ce. The ser geant was not
at hi s desk,
and t he door t o t he i nner of f i ce was aj ar . St eve pushed i t
open and
st epped i nsi de. The capi t ai ne was changi ng i nt o a new
uni f or m, pr epar i ng
f or hi s mor ni ng pr ess i nt er vi ews. He l ooked up as St eve
ent er ead.
" Quest - ce que vous j ai t es i ci ? Cest un bur eau pr i vo
Al l ez- vous- en! ' ' ' m
wi t h t he New Yor k Ti mes" St eve Sl oane sai d. I nst ant l y,
Dur er br i ght ened.
" Al i , come i n, come i n. You sai d your name i s . . . T ' .
J ohn J ones. "
" Can I of f er you somet hi ng, per haps? Cof f ee? Cognac?' ' ,
t hanks" St eve
sai d. ' , pl ease, si t down. ' Dur er ' s voi ce became somber .
" You ar e her e, of cour se, about t he t er r i bl e t r agedy t hat
has happened
on our l i t t l e i sl and. Poor Monsi eur St anf or d. ' 59 ' do you
pl an t o
r el ease t he body9' St eve asked. Capi t ai ne Dur er si ghed. ' ,
I amaf r ai d
not f or many, many days. Ther e ar e a gr eat number of f or ms
t o f i l l out
i n t he case of a man as i mpor t ant as Monsi eur St anf or d.
Ther e ar e
pr ot ocol s t o be f ol l owed, you under st and. ' ' t hi nk I do, '
St eve sai d.
" Per haps t en days. Per haps, t wo weeks. ' By t hen t he
i nt er est of t he
pr ess wi l l have cool ed down. ' ' s my car d, ' St eve sai d. He
handed
Capi t ai ne Dur er a car d. The capi t ai ne gl anced at i t , t hen
t ook a cl oser
l ook. ' ar e an at t or ney. You ar e not a r epor t er t ' . I ' m
Har r y St anf or d' s
at t or ney. ' St eve Sl oane r ose. ' want your aut hor i zat i on t o
r el ease hi s
body. ' ' , I wi sh I coul d gi ve i t t o you, ' Capi t ai ne Dur er
sai d,
r egr et f ul l y. ' , . my hands ar e t i ed. I do not see how
" Tomor r ow. ' ' i s
i mpossi bl e! Ther e i s no way . . . ' ' suggest t hat you get i n
t ouch wi t h
your super i or s i n Par i s. St anf or d Ent er pr i ses has sever al
ver y l ar ge
f act or i es i n Fr ance. I t woul d be a shame i f our boar d of
di r ect or s
deci ded t o cl ose al l of t hemdown and bui l d i n ot her
count r i es. '
Capi t ai ne Dur er was st ar i ng at hi m. ' . . . I have no
cont r ol over such
mat t er s, monsi eur . ' ' I do, ' St eve assur ed hi m. ' wi l l see
t hat Mr . 60
St anf or d, s body i s r el eased t o me t omor r ow, or you' r e
goi ng t o f i nd
your sel f i n mor e t r oubl e t han you can possi bl y i magi ne. "
St eve t ur ned t o
l eave. ' ! Monsi eur ! Per haps i n a f ew days, I can
" Tomor r ow. ' And St eve
was gone. Thr ee hour s l at er , St eve Sl oane r ecei ved a
t el ephone cal l at
hi s hot el . ' Sl oane? Al i , I have w@nder f ul news f or you! I
have managed
t o ar r ange f or Mr . St anf or d' s body t o be r el eased t o you
i mmedi at el y. I
hope you appr eci at e t he t r oubl e ' you. A pr i vat e pl ane
wi l l l eave her e
at ei ght o' cl ock t omor r ow mor ni ng t o t ake us back. I
assume al l t he
pr oper paper s wi l l be i n or der by t hen. ' ' , of cour se. Do
not wor r y. I
wi l l see t o ' . ' St eve r epl aced t he r ecei ver . Capi t ai ne
Dur er sat t her e
f or a l ong, t i me.
Mer def What bad l uck! I coul d have been a cel ebr i t yf or at
l east anot her
week. When t he pl ane car r yi ng Har r y St anf or d' s body l anded
at Logan
I nt er nat i onal Ai r por t i n Bost on, t her e was a hear se
wai t i ng t o meet i t .
Funer al ser vi ces wer e t o be hel d t hr ee days l at er . St eve
Sl oane r epor t ed
back t o Si mon Fi t zger al d. ' t he ol d man i s f i nal l y home, '
Fi t zger al d
sai d. ' ' s goi ng t o be qui t e a r euni on. 61 ' r euni ont ' . I t
shoul d be
i nt er est i ng, ' he sai d. ' St anf or d' s chi l dr en ar e comi ng
her e t o
cel ebr at e t hei r f at her ' s deat h. Tyl er , Woody and Kendal l . "
Chapt er Ei ght .
J udge Tyl er St anf or d had f i r st seen' t he st or y on
Chi cago' s st at i on
WBBM. He had st ar ed at t he t el evi si on set , mesmer i zed, hi s
hear t
poundi ng. Ther e was a pi ct ur e of t he yacht Bl ue Ski es, and
a news
commen- t at or was sayi ng, i n a st or m, i n Cor si can wat er s,
when t he
t r agedy occur r ed. Dmi t r i Kami nsky, Har r y St anf or d' s
bodyguar d, was a
wi t ness t o t he acci dent , but was unabl e t o save hi s
empl oyer . Har r y
St anf or d was known i n f i nanci al ci r cl es as one of t he
shr ewdest . . .
Tyl er sat t her e, wat chi ng t he shi f t i ng i mages,
r emember i ng, r emember i ng
. . . I t was t he l oud voi ces t hat had awakened hi mi n t he
mi ddl e of t he
ni ght . He was f our t een year s ol d. He had l i st ened t o t he
angr y voi ces
f or a f ew mi nut es, t hen cr ept down t he upst ai r s hal l t o
t he st ai r case.
I n t he f oyer bel ow, hi s mot her and f at her wer e havi ng a
f i ght . Hi s
mot her was scr eami ng, and he wat ched hi s f at her sl ap her
acr oss t he
f ace. 63 " I t ' , The pi ct ur e on t he t el evi si on set shi f t ed.
Ther e was a
scene of Har r y St anf or d i n t he Oval Of f i ce of t he Whi t e
House, shaki ng
hands wi t h Pr esi dent Ronal d Reagan. ' of t he cor ner st ones
of t he
pr esi dent ' s new f i nanci al t ask f or ce, Har r y St anf or d has
been an
i mpor t ant advi ser t o. . They wer e pl ayi ng f oot bal l i n back
of t he house,
and hi s br ot her , Woody, t hr ew t he bal l t owar d t he house.
Tyl er chased
i t , and as he pi cked i t up he hear d hi s f at her , on t he
ot her si de of t he
hedge. . ' I ' mi n l ove wi t h you. You know t hat v He st opped,
t hr i l l ed t hat
hi s mot her and f at her wer e not f i ght i ng, and t hen he hear d
t he voi ce of
t hei r gover ness, Rosemar y. ' ' r e mar r i ed. I want you t o
l eave me al one. '
And he suddenl y f el t si ck t o hi s st omach. He l oved hi s
mot her and he
l oved Rosemar y. Hi s f at her was a t er r i f yi ng st r anger . The
pi ct ur e on t he
scr een f l ashed t o a ser i es of shot s of Har r y St anf or d
posi ng wi t h
Mar gar et That cher . . . Pr esi dent Mi t t er r and . . . Mi khai l
Gor bachev . . . The
announcer was sayi ng, ' l egendar y t ycoon was equal l y at
home wi t h
f act or y wor ker s and wor l d l eader s. ' He was passi ng t he
door t o hi s
f at her ' s of f i ce when he hear d Rosemar y' s voi ce. ' ' m
l eavi ng. ' And t hen
hi s 64 f at her ' s voi ce, ' won' t l et you l eave. You' ve got
t o be
r easonabl e, Rosemar y! Thi s i s t he onl y way t hat you and I
can ' won' t
l i st en t o you. And I ' mkeepi ng t he baby! ' Then Rosemar y
had di sappear ed.
The scene on t he t el evi si on set shi f t ed agai n. Ther e wer e
ol d cl i ps of
t he St anf or d f ami l y i n f r ont of a chur ch, wat chi ng a
cof f i nbei ng l i f t ed
i nt o a hear se. The comment at or was sayi ng, ' . . . Har r y
St anf or d and t he
chi l dr en besi de t he cof f i n . . . Mr s. St anf or d' s sui ci de was
at t r i but ed t o
her f ai l i pi g heal t h. Accor di ng t o pol i ce i nvest i gat or s,
Har r y St anf or d
. . . ' I n t he mi ddl e of t he ni ght , he had been shaken awake
by hi s f at her .
' up, son. I have some bad news f or you. , The
f our t een- year - ol d boy
began t o t r embl e. ' mot her had an acci dent , Tyl er . ' I t was
a l i e. Hi s
f at her had ki l l ed her . She had commi t t ed sui ci de because
of hi s f at her
and hi s af f ai r wi t h Rosemar y. The newspaper s had been
f i l l ed wi t h t he
st or y. I t was a scandal t hat r ocked Bost on, and t he
t abl oi ds t ook f ul l
advant age of i t . Ther e was no way' t o keep t he news f r om
t he St anf or d
chi l dr en. Th? i r cl assmat es made t hei r l i ves hel l . I n j ust
t went y- f ol i r
hour s, t he t hr ee young chi l dr en had l ost t he t wo peopl e
t hey l oved most .
And i t was t hei r f at her who was t o bl ame. 65 ' don' t car e
i f he i s our
f at her . ' Kendal l sobbed. ' hat e hi m. ' ' , t oo! ' " Me, t oo! '
They t hr ough - ht
about r unni ng away, but t hey had nowher e t o go. They
deci ded t o r ebel .
Tyl er was del egat ed t o t al k t o hi m. ' want a di f f er ent
f at her . We don' t
want you. ' Har r y St anf or d had l ooked at hi mand sai d,
col dl y, ' t hi nk we
can ar r ange t hat . ' Thr ee weeks l at er , t hey wer e al l
shi pped of f t o
di f f er ent boar di ng school s. As t he year s went by, t he
chi l dr en saw ver y
l i t t l e of t hei r f at her . They r ead about hi mi n newspaper s,
or wat ched
hi mon t el evi si on, escor t i ng beaut i f ul women or chat t i ng
wi t h
cel ebr i t i es, but t he onl y t i me t hey wer e wi t h hi mwas on
what he cal l ed
' ' - phot o oppor t uni t i es at Chr i st mas t i me or ot her
hol i days - t o show
what a devot ed f at her he was.
Af t er t hat , t he chi l dr en wer e sent back t o t hei r di f f er ent
school s and
camps unt i l t he next ' ' . Tyl er sat hypnot i zed by what he
was wat chi ng.
On t he t el evi si on scr een was a mont age of f act or i es i n
di f f er ent par t s
of t he wor l d, wi t h pi ct ur es of hi s f at her . ' . . . one of t he
l ar gest
pr i vat el y hel d congl omer at es i n t he wor l d. Har r y St anf or d,
who cr eat ed
i t , was a l egend . . . The quest i on i n t he mi nds of Wal l
St r eet exper t s
i s, What i s goi ng t o happen t o t he f ami l y- owned company 66
now t hat i t s
f ounder i s gone? Har r y St anf or d l ef t t hr ee chi l dr en, but
i t i s not known
who wi l l i nher i t t he mul t i bi l l i on- dol l ar f or t une t hat
St anf or d l ef t
behi nd, or who wi l l cont r ol t he cor por at i on He was si x
year s ol d. He
l oved r oami ng ar ound t he l ar ge house, expl or i ng al l t he
exci t i ng r ooms.
The onl y pl ace t hat was of f - l i mi t s t o hi mwas hi s f at her ' s
of f i ce. Tyl er
was awar e t hat i mpor t ant meet i ngs went on i n t her e.
I mpr essi ve- l ooki ng
men dr essed i n dar k sui t s wer e const ant l y comi ng and
goi ng, meet i ng wi t h
hi s f at her . The f act t hat t he of f i ce was of f - l i mi t s t o
Tyl er made i t
i r r esi st i bl e. One day when hi s f at her was away, Tyl er
deci ded t o go i nt o
t he of f i ce. The huge r oomwas over power i ng, awesome. Tyl er
st ood t her e,
l ooki ng at t he l ar ge desk and at t he huge l eat her chai r
t hat hi s f at her
sat i n. One day I mgoi ng t o si t i n t hat chai r , and I ' m
goi ng t o be
i mpor t ant l i ke Fat her . He moved over t o t he desk and
exami ned i t . Ther e
wer e dozens of of f i ci al - l ooki ng paper s on i t . He moved
ar ound t o t he
back of t he desk and sat i n hi s f at her ' s chai r . I t f el t
wonder f ul . I ' m
i mpor t ant now, t oo! ' 91hat t he hel l ar e you doi ng? Tyl er
l ooked up,
st ar t l ed. Hi s f at her st ood i n t he' door way, f ur i ous. '
t ol d you you
coul d si t behi nd t hat desk?' The young boy was t r embl i ng.
' . . . I j ust
want ed t o see what i t was l i ke. " 67 Hi s f at her st or med
over t o hi m. ' ,
you' l l never know what i t ' s l i ke! Never ! Now get t he hel l
out of her e
and st ay out v Tyl er r an upst ai r s, sobbi ng, and hi s mot her
came t o hi s
r oom. She put her ar ms ar ound hi m. ' ' t cr y, dar l i ng. I t ' s
goi ng t o be.
al l r i ght . ' ' ' s . . . i t ' s not goi ng t o be al l r i ght , ' he
sobbed. ' . . . he
hat es me! ' ' .
He doesn' t hat e you. ' ' I di d was t o si t i n hi s chai r . '
' ' s hi s chai r ,
dar l i ng. He doesn' t want anyone t o si t i n i t . ' He coul d
not st op cr yi ng.
She hel d hi mcl ose and sai d, ' , when your f at her and I
wer e mar r i ed, he
sai d he want ed me t o be par t of hi s company. He gave me
one shar e of
st ock. I t was ki nd of a f ami l y j oke. I ' mgoi ng t o gi ve you
t hat shar e.
I ' l l put i t i n a t r ust f or you. So now you' r e par t of t he
company, t oo.
Al l r i ght t Ther e wer e one hundr ed shar es of st ock i n
St anf or d
Ent er pr i ses, and Tyl er was now a pr oud owner of one shar e.
When Har r y
St anf or d hear d what hi s wi f e had done, he scof f ed, ' t he
hel l do you
t hi nk he' s goi ng t o do wi t h t hat one shar e? Take over t he
company?'
Tyl er swi t ched of f t he t el evi si on set and sat t her e,
adj ust i ng t o t he
news. He f el t a deep sense of sat i sf act i on. Tr adi t i onal l y,
sons want ed
t o be successf ul t o 68 pl ease t hei r f at her s. Tyl er
St anf or d had l onged
t o be a success so he coul d dest r oy hi s f at her . As a
chi l d, he had a
r ecur r i ng dr eamt hat hi s f at her was char ged wi t h mur der i ng
hi s mot her ,
and Tyl er was t he one who woul d pass sent ence. I sent ence
you t o di e i n
t he el ect r i c chai r ! Somet i mes t he dr eamwoul d var y, and
Tyl er woul d
sent ence hi s f at her t o be hanged or poi soned or shot . The
dr eams became
al most r eal . The mi l i t ar y school he was sent t o was i n
Mi ssi ssi ppi , and
i t was f our year s of pur e hel l . Tyl er hat ed t he di sci pl i ne
and t he r i gi d
l i f e- st yl e. I n hi s f i r st year at school , he ser i ousl y
cont empl at ed
commi t t i ng sui ci de, and t he onl y t hi ng t hat st opped hi m
was t he
det er mi nat i on not t o gi ve hi s f at her t hat sat i sf act i on. He
ki l l ed my
mot her . He' s not goi ng t o ki l l me. I t seemed t o Tyl er t hat
hi s
i nst r uct or s wer e par t i cul ar l y har d on hi m, and he was sur e
hi s f at her
was r esponsi bl e. Tyl er r ef used t o l et t he school br eak
hi m. Al t hough he
was f or ced t o go home on hol i days, hi s vi si t s wi t h hi s
f at her gr ew mor e
and mor e unpi _( @sant . Hi s br ot her and si st er wer e al so
home f or
hol i days, but t her e was no sense of ki nshi p. Thei r f at her
had dest r oyed
t hat . They wer e st r anger s t o one anot her , wai t i ng f or t he
hol i days t o be
over so t hey coul d escape. Tyl er knew t hat hi s f at her was
a
mul t i bi l l i onai r e but t he smal l al l owance t hat Tyl er ,
Woody, and Kendal l
had came f r qmt hei r mot her ' s est at e. As he gr ew ol der , 69
Tyl er wonder ed
whet her he was ent i t l ed t o t he f ami l y f or t une. He was sur e
he and hi s
si bl i ngs wer e bei ng cheat ed. I need an at t or ney. That , of
cour se, was
out of t he quest i on, but hi s next t hought was, r mgoi ng t o
become an
at t or ney. When Tyl er ' s f at her hear d about hi s son' s pl ans,
he sai d, ' ,
you' r e goi ng t o become a l awyer , huh? I suppose you t hi nk
I ' l l gi ve you
a j ob wi t h St anf or d Ent er pr i ses. Wel l , f or get i t . I
woul dn' t l et you
wi t hi n a mi l e of i d' When Tyl er was gr aduat ed f r oml aw
school he coul d
have pr act i sed i n Bost on, and because of t he f ami l y name
he woul d have
been wel comed on t he boar ds of dozens of compani es, but he
pr ef er r ed t o
get f ar away f r omhi s f at her . He deci ded t o set up a l aw
pr act i ce i n
Chi cago. I n t he begi nni ng, i t was di f f i cul t . He r &f used t o
t r ade on hi s
f ami l y name, and cl i ent s wer e scar ce. Chi cago pol i t i cs
wer e r un by t he
Machi ne, and Tyl er ver y qui ckl y l ear ned t hat i t woul d be
advant ageous
f or a young l awyer t o become i nvol ved wi t h t he power f ul
cent r al Cook
Count y Lawyer s Associ at i on. He was gi ven a j ob wi t h t he
di st r i ct
at t or ney' s of f i ce. He had a keen mi nd and was a qui ck
st udy, and i t was
not l ong bef or e he became i nval uabl e t o t hem. He
pr osecut ed f el ons
accused of ever y concei vabl e cr i me, and hi s r ecor d of
convi ct i ons was
phenomenal . He r ose r api dl y t hr ough t he r anks, and f i nal l y
t he 70 day
came when he* r ecei ved hi s r ewar d. He was appoi nt ed Cook
Count y ci r cui t
cour t j udge. He had t hought hi s f at her f i nal l y woul d be
pr oud of hi m. He
was wr ong. ' ? A ci r cui t cour t j udge? For God' s sake, I
woul dn' t l et you
j udge a baki ng cont est ! ' J udge Tyl er St anf or d was a shor t ,
sl i ght l y
over wei ght man wi t h shar p, cal cul at i ng eyes and a har d
mout h. He had
none of hi s f at her ' s char i sma or at t r act i veness. Hi s
out st andi ng f eat ur e
was a deep, sonor ous voi ce, per f ect f or pr onounci ng
sent ence. Tyl er
St anf or d was a pr i vat e man who kept hi s t hought s t o
hi msel f . He was
f or t y year s ol d, but he l ooked much ol der t han hi s year s.
He pr i ded
hi msel f on havi ng no sense of humor . Li f e was t oo gr i mf or
l evi t y. Hi s
onl y hobby was chess, ar t h once a week he pl ayed at a
l ocal cl ub, wher e
he i nvar i abl y won. Tyl er St anf or d was a br i l l i ant j ur i st ,
hel d i n hi gh
est eemby hi s f el l ow j udges, who of t en came t o hi mf or
advi ce. Ver y f ew
peopl e wer e awar e t hat he was one of t he St anf or ds.
He never ment i oned hi s f at her ' s name. The j udge' s chamber s
wer e i n t he
l ar ge Cook Count y Cr i mi nal Cour t Bui l di ng at Twent y- si xt h
and Cal i f or ni a
st r eet s, a f our t een- st or ey st one edi f i ce wi t h st eps
l eadi ng up t o t he
f r ont ent r ance. I t was i n a danger ous nei ghbor hood, and a
not i ce out si de
st at ed: BY J UDI CI AL 71 ORDER, ALL PERSONS ENTERI NG THI S
BUI LDI NG S14ALL
SUBMI T TO SEARCH. Thi s was wher e Tyl er spent hi s days,
hear i ng cases
i nvol vi ng r obber y, bur gl ar y, r ape, shoot i ngs, dr ugs and
mur der s.
Rut hl ess i n hi s deci si ons, he became known as t he Hangi ng
J udge. Al l day
l ong he l i st ened t o def endant s pl eadi ng pover t y, chi l d
abuse, br oken
homes, and a hundr ed ot her excuses. He accept ed none of
t hem. A cr i me
was a cr i me and had t o be puni shed. And i n t he back of hi s
mi nd, al ways,
was hi s f at her . Tyl er St anf or d' s f el l ow j udges knew ver y
l i t t l e about
hi s per sonal l i f e. . They knew t hat he had had a bi t t er
mar r i age and was
now di vor ced, and t hat he l i ved al one i n a smal l
t hr ee- bedr oomGeor gi an
house on Ki mbar k Avenue i n Hyde Par k. The ar ea was
sur r ounded by
beaut i f ul ol d homes, because t he gr eat f i r e of 1871 t hat
r azed Chi cago
had whi msi cal l y spar ed t he Hyde Par k di st r i ct . He made no
f r i ends i n t he
nei ghbor hood, and hi s nei ghbor s knew not hi ng about hi m. He
had a
housekeeper who came i n t hr ee t i mes a week, but Tyl er di d
t he shoppi ng
hi msel f . He was a met hodi cal man wi t h a f i xed r out i ne. On
Sat ur days, he
went t o Har per Cour t , a smal l shoppi ng mal l near hi s home,
or t o Mr . G' s
Fi ne Foods or Medi ci ' s on Fi f t y- sevent h St r eet . Fr omt i me
t o t i me, at
of f i ci al gat her i ngs, Tyl er woul d meet t he wi ves of hi s
f el l ow j ur i st s.
They sensed t hat 72 he was l onel y, and t hey of f er ed t o
i nt r oduce hi mt o
women f r i ends or i nvi t e hi mt o di nner . He al ways decl i ned.
' ' mbusy t hat
eveni ng. ' Hi s eveni ngs seemed t o be f ul l , but t hey had no
i dea what he
was doi ng wi t h t hem. ' i sn' t i nt er est ed i n anyt hi ng but
t he l aw, ' one of
t he j udges expl ai ned t o hi s wi f e. ' he' s j ust not
i nt er est ed i n meet i ng
any women yet . I hear d he had a t er r i bl e mar r i age. ' He was
r i ght . Af t er
hi s di vor ce, Tyl er had. swor n t o hi msel f t hat her woul d
never become
emot i onal l y i nvol ved agai n. And t hen he had met Lee, and
ever yt hi ng had
suddenl y changed. Lee was beaut i f ul , sensi t i ve and car i ng
- t he one
Tyl er want ed t o spend t he r est of hi s l i f e wi t h. Tyl er
l oved Lee, but
why shoul d Lee l ove hi m? A successf ul model , Lee had
dozens of admi r er s,
most of t hemweal t hy. And Lee l i ked expensi ve t hi ngs.
Tyl er had f el t
t hat hi s cause was hopel ess. Ther e was no way t o compet e
wi t h ot her s f or
Lee' s af f ect i on. But over ni ght , wi t h t he deat h of hi s
f at her , ever yt hi ng
coul d change. He coul d become weal t hy beyond hi s wi l dest
dr eams. He
coul d gi ve Lee t he wor l d. Tyl er wal ked i nt o t he chamber s
of t he chi ef
j udge. ' , I ' maf r ai d I have t o go t o Bost on f or a f ew 73
days. Fami l y
af f ai r s. I wonder i f you woul d have someone, t ake over my
casel oad f or
me. ' ' cour se. I ' l l ar r ange i t , ' t he chi ef j udge sai d. '
you. ' That
af t er noon, J udge Tyl er St anf or d was on hi s way t o Bost on.
On t he pl ane,
he t hought agai n about hi s f at her ' s wor ds on t hat t er r i bl e
day: I know
your di r t y l i t t l e secr et .
Chapt er Ni ne.
i t was r ai ni ng i n Par i s, a war mJ ul y r ai n t hat sent
pedest r i ans r aci ng
al ong t he st r eet f or shel t er or l ooki ng f or nonexi st ent
t axi s. I nsi de
t he audi t or i umof a l ar ge gr ay bui l di ng on a comer of Rue
Faubour g St .
Honor 6, t her e was pani c. A dozen hal f - naked model s wer e
r unni ng ar ound
i n a ki nd of mass hyst er i a, whi l e usher s f i ni shed set t i ng,
up chai r s and
car pent er s pounded away at l ast - mi nut e bi t s of car pent r y.
@ver yone was
scr eami ng and gest i cul at i ng wi l dl y, and t he noi se l evel '
pai nf ul . I n
t he eye of t he hur r i cane, t r yi ng t o br i ng or der out of
chaos, , was t he
mai t r esse her sel f , Kendal l St anf or d Renaud. Four hour s
bef or e t he
f ashi on show 4s schedul ed t o begi n, ever yt hi ng Nyas
f al l i ng apar t .
Cat ast r ophe: J ohn Fai r chi l d. of Wwas unexpect edl y goi ng t o
be i n Par i s,
and t her e was no seat f or hi m. Tr agedy: t he speaker syst em
was not
wor ki ng. Di sast er : one of t he t op model s was i l l .
Emer gency: t wo of t he
make- up ar t i st s wer e f i ght i ng backst age and wer e f ar
behi nd schedul e. 75
Cal ami t y: al l t he seams on t he ci gar et t e ski r t s wer e
t ear i ng. I n ot her
wor ds, Kendal l t hought wr yl y, ever yt hi ng i s nor mal Kendal l
St anf or d
Renaud coul d have been mi st aken f or one of t he model s
her sel f , and at
one t i me she had been a model . She exuded car ef ul l y
pl ot t ed el egance
f r omher gol den chi gnon t o her Chanel pumps. Ever yt hi ng
about her - t he
cur ve of her ar m, t he shade of her nai l pol i sh, t he t i mbr e
of her l augh
- bespoke wel l - manner ed chi c. Her f ace, i f st r i pped of i t s
car ef ul
make- up, was act ual l y pl ai n, but Kendal l t ook pai ns t o see
t hat no one
ever r eal i zed t hi s, and no one ever di d. She was
ever ywher e at once.
" Who l i t t hat r unway, Ray Char l est ' want a bl ue backdr op
. . . ' ' l i ni ng
i s showi ng. Fi x i t ! ' ' don' t want t he model s doi ng t hei r
hai r and
make- up i n t he hol di ng ar ea. Have Lul u f i nd t hema
dr essi ng r oom! "
Kendal l ' s venue manager came hur r yi ng up t o her . ' , t hi r t y
mi nut es i s
t oo l ong! Too l ong! The show shoul d be no mor e t han
t went y- f i ve
mi nut es. ' She st opped what she was doi ng. ' do you
suggest , Scot t ?' '
coul d cut a f ew of t he desi gns and ' . I ' l l have t he model s
move f ast er . '
76 She hear d her name cal l ed agai n, and t ur ned.
" Kendal l , we can' t l ocat e Pi a. Do you want Tami t o swi t ch
t o t he
char coal gr ay j acket wi t h t he t r ouser st ' . Gi ve t hat t o
Dana. Gi ve t he
cat sui t and t uni c t o Tami . ' ' about t he dar k gr ay
j er sey?"
" Moni que. And make sur e she wear s t he dar k gr ay
st ocki ngs. ' Kendal l
l ooked at t he boar d hol di ng a set of Pol ar oi d pi ct ur es of
t he model s i n
a var i et y of gowns. When t hey wer e set , t he pi ct ur es woul d
be pl aced i n
a pr eci se or der . She r an a pr act i ced eye over t he boar d.
' ' s change
t hi s. I want t he bei ge car di gan, out f i r st , t hen t he
separ at es, f ol l owed
by t he st r apl ess si l k j er sey, t hen t he t af f et a eveni ng
gown, t he
af t er noon dr esses W) t h mat chi ng j acket s . . . ' Two of her
assi st ant s
hur r i ed up t o her . ' , we' r e havi ng an ar gument about t he
seat i ng. Do you
want t he r et ai l er s t oget her , or do you want t o mi x t hem
wi t h t he
cel ebr i t i est The ot her assi st ant spoke up. ' we coul d mi x
t he
cel ebr i t i es and pr ess t oget her . ' . Kendal l was har dl y
l i st eni ng.
She had been up f or t wo ni ght s, checki ng ever yt hi ng t o
make sur e not hi ng
woul d go wr ong. ' i t out your sel ves, ' she sai d. She l ooked
ar ound at al l
t he act i vi t y and t hought about t he show t hat was about t o
begi n, and t he
f amous names f r omal l over t he wor l d who woul d be t her e t o
appl aud what
she had cr eat ed. I shoul d t hank 77 my f at her f or al l t hi s.
He t ol d me I
woul d never succeed . . . She had al ways known t hat she
want ed t o be a
desi gner . Fr omt he t i me she was a l i t t l e gi r l , she had had
a nat ur al
sense of st yl e. Her dol l s had t he t r endi est out f i t s i n
t own. She woul d
show of f her l at est cr eat i ons f or her mot her ' s appr oval .
Her mot her
woul d hug her and say, ' ' r e ver y t al ent ed, dar l i ng.
Someday you' r e goi ng
t o be a ver y i mpor t ant desi gner . ' And Kendal l was sur e of
i t . I n school ,
Kendal l st udi ed gr aphi c desi gn, st r uct ur al dr awi ng,
spat i al concept i ons,
and col or coor di nat i on. ' best way t o begi n, ' one of her
t eacher s had
advi sed her , ' t o become a model your sel f . That way, you
wi l l meet al l
t he t op desi gner s, and i f you keep your eyes open, you
wi l l l ear n f r om
t hem. ' When Kendal l had ment i oned her dr eamt o her f at her ,
he had l ooked
at her and sai d, ' ? A model ! You must be j oki ng! ' When
Kendal l f i ni shed
school , she r et ur ned t o Rose Hi l l . Fat her needs me t o r un
t he house, she
t hought . Ther e wer e a dozen ser vant s, but no one was
r eal l y i n char ge.
Si nce Har r y St anf or d was away a good deal of t he t i me, t he
st af f was
l ef t t o i t s own devi ces. Kendal l t r i ed t o or gani ze t hi ngs.
She schedul ed t he househol d act i vi t i es, ser ved as host ess
f or her
f at her ' s par t i es, and di d ever yt hi ng she coul d t o make hi m
comf or t abl e.
78 She was l ongi ng f or hi s appr oval . I nst ead, she suf f er ed
a bar r age of
cr i t i ci sms. ' hi r ed t hat damned chef ? Get r i d of hi m. ' '
don' t l i ke t he
new di shes you bought . Wher e t he hel l ' i s your t ast e . . . 9'
' t ol d you
you coul d r edecor at e my bedr oom? Keep t he hel l out of
t her e. ' No mat t er
what Kendal l di d, i t was never good enough. __1 I t was her
f at her ' s
domi neer i ng cr uel t y t hat f i nal l y dr ove her out of t he
house. I t had
al ways been a l ovel ess househol d, and her f at her had pai d
no at t ent i on
t o hi s chi l dr en, except t o t r y t o cont r ol and di sci pl i ne
t hem.
One ni ght , Kendal l over hear d her f at her sayi ng t o a
vi si t or , ' daught er
has a f ace l i ke a hor se. She' s goi ng t o need a l ot of
money t o hook some
poor sucker . ' I t was t he f i nal st r aw. The f ol l owi ng, day,
Kendal l l ef t
Bost on and headed f or New Yor k. Al one i n her hot el r oom,
Kendal l
t hought , Al l r i ght . Her e I ami n New Yor k. How do I become
a desi gner ?
How do I br eak i nt o t he f ashi on i ndust r y? How do I get
anyone even t o
not i ce me? She r emember ed her t eacher ' s advi ce. I ' l l st ar t
as a model .
That ' s t he way t o begi n. The f ol l owi ng mor ni ng, Kendal l
l ooked t hr ough
t he yel l ow pages, copi ed a l i st of model i ng agenci es, and
began maki ng
t he r ounds. I have t o be honest wi t h 79 t hem, Kendal l
t hought .
r 1l t el l t hemt hat I can st ay wi t h t hemonl y t empor ar i l y,
unt i l I get
st ar t ed desi gni ng. She wal ked i nt o t he of f i ce of t he f i r st
agency on her
l i st . A mi ddl e- aged woman behi nd a desk sai d, ' I hel p
yout ' . I want t o
be a model . ' ' do I , dear i e. For get i t . ' ' ?' ' ' r e t oo
t al l . ' Kendal l ' s
j aw t i ght ened. ' ' d l i ke t o see whoever i s i n char ge her e. '
' ' r e l ooki ng
at her . I own t hi s j oi nt . ' The next hal f a dozen st ops
wer e no mor e
successf ul . ' ' r e t oo shor t . ' ' t hi n. ' ' f at . ' ' young. ' '
ol d. ' ' t ype. '
By t he end of t he week, Kendal l was get t i ng desper at e.
Ther e was one
mor e name on her l i st .
Par amount Model s was t he t op model i ng agency i n Manhat t an.
Ther e was no
one at t he r ecept i on desk. A voi ce f r omone of t he of f i ces
sai d, ' ' l l be
avai l abl e next Monday. But you can have her f or onl y one
day. She' s
booked sol i d f or t he next t hr ee weeks. ' Kendal l wal ked
over t o t he
of f i ce and peer ed i nsi de. 80 A " Man i n a t ai l or ed sui t was
t al ki ng on
t he phone. ' . I ' l l see what I can do. ' Roxanne Mar i nack
r epl aced t he
r ecei ver and l ooked up. ' , we ar en' t l ooki ng f or your
t ype. " Kendal l
sai d desper at el y, ' can be any t ype you want me t o be. I
can be t al l er
or I can be shor t er . I can be younger or ol der , t hi nner
Roxanne hel d up
her hand. ' i t . ' ' I want i s a chance. I r eal l y need
t hi s. ' Roxanne
hesi t at ed. Ther e was an appeal i ng eager ness about t he gi r l
and she di d
have an exqui si t e f i gur e. She was not beaut i f ul , but
possi bl y wi t h t he
r i ght make- up . . . ' you had any exper i encet " Yes. I ' ve
been wear i ng
cl ot hes al l my l i f e. ' Roxanne l aughed. ' r i ght . Let me see
your
por t f ol i o. . ' Kendal l l ooked at her bl ankl y. ' por t f ol i o?'
Roxanne
si ghed. ' dear gi r l , no sel f - r espect i ng model wal ks ar ound
wi t hout a
por t f ol i o. I t ' s your bi bl e. I t ' s what your pr ospect i ve
cl i ent s ar e
goi ng t o l ook at . ' Roxanne si ghed agai n. ' want you t o get
t wo head
shot s - one smi l i ng and one, ser i ous. Tur n ar ound. "
" Ri ght . ' Kendal l began t o t ur n. ' . ' Roxanne st udi ed her . '
bad.
I want a phot o of you i n a bat hi ng sui t or l i nger i e,
what ever i s t he
most f l at t er i ng f or your f i gur e. ' ' ' l l get one of each, '
she sai d
eager l y. Roxanne had t o smi l e at her ear nest ness. ' r i ght .
81 You' r e . . .
er . . . di f f er ent , but you mi ght have a shot . ' ' you. ' ' ' t
t hank me t oo
soon. Model i ng f or f ashi on magazi nes i sn' t as si mpl e as i t
l ooks. I t ' s a
t ough busi ness. ' ' ' mr eady f or i t . ' ' ' l l see. I ' mgoi ng t o
t ake a chance
on you. I ' l l send you out on some go- sees. ' ' ' msor r y?, '
go- see i s
wher e cl i ent s cat ch up on al l t he new model s. Ther e wi l l
be model s f r om
ot her agenci es t her e, t oo. I t ' s ki nd of a cat t l e cal l . ' '
can handl e
i t . ' That had been t he begi nni ng. Kendal l went on a dozen
go- sees bef or e
a desi gner was i nt er est ed i n havi ng her wear hi s cl ot hes.
She was so
t ense, she al most spoi l ed her chances by t al ki ng t oo
much. ' ' r eal l y
l ove your dr esses, and I t hi nk t hey woul d l ook good on me.
I mean, t hey
woul d l ook good on any woman, of cour se. They' r e
wonder f ul ! But I t hi nk
t hey' l l l ook especi al l y good on me. ' She was so ner vous
t hat she was
st ammer i ng. The, desi gner nodded sympat het i cal l y.
" Thi s i s your f i r st j ob, i sn' t i t t ' , si r . ' He had smi l ed.
' r i ght . I ' l l
t r y you. What di d you say your name wast ' St anf or d. " She
wonder ed i f he
woul d make 82 t he connect i on bet ween her and t he
St anf or ds, but of
cour se, t her e was no r eason f or hi mt o. Roxanne had been
r i ght . Model i ng
was a t ouj l h busi ness. Kendal l had t o l ear n t o accept
const ant
r ej dct i on, go- sees t hat l ed nowher e, and weeks wi t hout
wor k. When she
di d wor k, she was i n make- up at si x A. M. , f i ni shed a
shoot ; went on t o
t he next , and of t en di dn' t get t hr ough unt i l af t er
mi dni ghl , , One
eveni ng, af t er a l ong day' s shoot wi t h hal f a dozen ot her ,
model s,
Kendal l l ooked i n a mi r r or and gr oaned, 11 won' t be abl e
t o wor k
t omor r ow. Look how puf f y my eyes ar e! ' One of t he model s
sai d, " Put
cucumber sl i ces over your eyes. Or you can put some
camomi l e t ea bags i n
hot wat er , l et t hemcool , and put t hemover your eyes f or
f i f t een
mi nut es. ' I n t he mor ni ng, t he puf f i ness was gone. Kendal l
envi ed t h@
model s who wer e i n const ant demand. She woul d hear Roxanne
ar r angi ng
t hei r booki ngs: ' or i gi nal l y gave Scaasi a secondar y on
Mi chel l e. Cal l
and t el l t hemt hat she wi l l be avai l abl e, so I ' mmovi ng
t hemup t o a
t ent at i ve. ' Kendal l qui ckl y l ear ned never t o cr i t i ci ze t he
cl ot hes she
was model i ng. She became acquai nt ed wi t h some of t he t op
phot ogr apher s
i n t he busi ness, and had a phot o composi t e made t o go wi t h
her
por t f ol i o. She car r i ed a model ' s bag f i l l ed wi t h
necessi t i es - cl ot hes,
83 make- up, a nai l - car e bag, and j ewel r y. She l ear ned t o
bl ow- dr y her
hai r upsi de down t o gi ve i t mor e body, and t o add cur l t o
her hai r wi t h
heat ed r ol l er s. Ther e was a l ot mor e t o l ear n. She was a
f avor i t e of t he
phot ogr apher s, and one of t hempul l ed her asi de t o gi ve
her some advi ce.
" Kendal l , al ways save your smi l i ng shot s f or t he end of
t he shoot . That
way, your mout h wi l l have l ess cr easi ng. ' Kendal l was
becomi ng mor e and
mor e popul ar . She was not t he convent i onal dr op- dead
beaut y t hat was t he
hal l mar k of most model s, but she had somet hi ng mor e, a
gr acef ul
el egance. ' ' s got cl ass, ' one of t he adver t i si ng agent s
sai d. And t hat
summed i t up. She was al so l onel y. Fr omt i me t o t i me she
went out on
dat es, but t hey wer e meani ngl ess. She was wor ki ng
st eadi l y, but she f el t
she was no near er t o her goal t han she was when she had
f i r st ar r i ved i n
New Yor k. I have t o f i nd a way t o make cont act wi t h t he
t op desi gner s,
Kendal l t hought . ' have you booked f or t he next f our
weeks, " Roxanne
t ol d her . ' l oves you. ' ' . . . ' ' , Kendal l ?"
" I don' t want t o do t hi s anymor e. ' Roxanne st ar ed at her
di sbel i evi ngl y.
" What ! ' ' want t o do r unway model i ng. ' 84 Runway model i ng
was what most
model s aspi r ed t o. I t was t he most exci t i ng and t he most
l ucr at i ve f or m
of model i ng. Roxanne was dubi ous. ' ' s al most i mpossi bl e t o
br eak i nt o
and ' ' mgoi ng t o. ' Roxanne st udi ed her . ' r eal l y mean i t ,
don' t you?'
' . ' Roxanne nodded. ' r i ght . I f you' f e ser i ous about t hi s,
t he f i r st
t hi ng you have t o do i s l ear n t o wal k t he beam. ' ' Roxanne
expl ai ned.
That af t er noon, Kendal l bought a si x- f oot nar r ow wooden
beam,
sandpaper ed i t t o avoi d spl i nt er s, and pl aced i t on her
f l oor . The f i r st
f ew t i mes she t r i ed t o wal k on i t , she f el l of f . Thi s i s
not goi ng t o be
easy, Kendal l deci ded. But I ' mgoi ng t o do i t ' Each
mor ni ng she got up
ear l y and pr act i ced wal ki ng t he beamon t he bal l s of her
f eet . Lead wi t h
t he pel vi s. Feel wi t h t he t oes. Lower t he heel . Day by day
her bal ance
i mpr oved. She st r ode up and back i n f r ont of a f ul l - l engt h
mi r r or , wi t h
musi c pl ayi ng. She l ear ned t o wal k wi t h a book on her
head. She
pr act i ced changi ng r api dl y f r omsneaker s and shor t s t o
hi gh heel s and an
eveni ng gown. 85 When Kendal l f el t t hat she was r eady, she
went back t o
Roxanne. ' ' mst i cki ng my neck out f or you, ' Roxanne t ol d
her . ' i s
l ooki ng f or a r unway model . I r ecommended you. He' s goi ng
t o gi ve you a
chance. ' Kendal l was t hr i l l ed. Ungar o was one of t he most
br i l l i ant
desi gner s i n t he busi ness. The f ol l owi ng week, Kendal l
ar r i ved at t he
show. She t r i ed t o seemas casual as t he ot her model s.
Ungar o handed
Kendal l t he f i r st out f i t she was t o wear and smi l ed. '
l uck. "
" Thanks. ' When Kendal l went out on t he r unway, i t was as
t hough she had
been doi ng i t al l her l i f e. Even t he ot her model s wer e
i mpr essed. The
show was a bi g success, and f r omt hat t i me on- Kendal l was
a member of
t he el i t e. She st ar t ed wor ki ng wi t h t he gi ant s of t he
f ashi on i ndust r y -
Yves Sai nt Laur ent , Hal st on, Chr i st i an Di or , Donna Kar an,
Cal vi n Kl ei n,
Ral ph Laur en, St . J ohn. Kendal l was i n const ant demand,
t r avel i ng t o
shows al l over t he wor l d. I n Par i s, t he haut e cout ur e
shows t ook pl ace
i n J anuar y and J ul y. I n Mi l an, t he peak mont hs wer e Mar ch,
Apr i l , May
and J une, whi l e i n Tokyo, shows peaked i n Apr i l and
Oct ober . I t was a
hect i c, busy l i f e, and she l oved ever y mi nut e of i t . 86
Kendal l kept
wor ki ng and she kept l ear ni ng. She model ed t he cl ot hes of
f amous
desi gner s and t hought about t he changes she woul d make i f
she wer e t he
desi gner . She l ear ned how cl ot hes wer e supposed t o f i t ,
and how f abr i c
was supposed t o move and swi ng ar ound t he body. She
l ear ned about cut s
and dr apes and t ai l or i ng, and what body par t s women want ed
t o hi de, and
what par t s t hey want ed t o show. She made sket ches at home,
and t he i deas
seemed t o. f l ow. One day, she t ook a por t f ol i o of her
sket ches t o t he
head buyer at I Magni n' s. The buyer was i mpr essed. '
desi gned t heset she
asked. , di d! ' ' hey' r e good. They' r e ver y good! Two weeks
l at er , Kendal l
went t o wor k f or Donna Kar an as an I ssi st ant and began t o
l ear n t he
busi ness si de of t he gar ment t r ade. At home, she kept
desi gni ng cl ot hes.
One year l at er , she had her f i r st f ashi on show. I t was a
di sast er . The
desi gns wer e or di n4r y and nobody car ed. She gave a second
show, and no
one came. I ' mi n t he wr ong pr of essi on, Kendal l t hought .
One day you' r e
goi ng t o be a ver y f amous desi gner . What amI doi ng wr ong?
Kendal l wonder ed. The epi phany came i n t he mi ddl e of t he
ni ght . Kendal l
awakened and l ay i n bed, t hi nki ng, I ' mdesi gni ng dr esses
f or model s - t o
wear . I shoul d be desi gni ng f or r eal women wi t h r eal j obs
and
r eal f ami l i es. Smar i , but comf or t abl e. Chi c, but pr act i cal .
87 I t t ook
Kendal l about a year t o get her next show on, but i t was
an i nst ant
success. Kendal l r ar el y r et ur ned t o Rose Hi l l , and when
she di d, t he
vi si t s wer e dr eadf ul . Her f at her had not changed. I f
anyt hi ng, he had
got t en wor se. ' ' t hooked anybody yet , , eh? Pr obabl y never
wi l l . ' I t was
at a char i t y bal l t hat Kendal l met Mar c Renaud. He wor ked
at t he
i nt er nat i onal desk of a New Yor k br oker age house, wher e he
deal t wi t h
f or ei gn cur r enci es. Fi ve year s younger t han Kendal l , he
was an
at t r act i ve Fr enchman, t al l and l ean. He was char mi ng and
at t ent i ve, and
Kendal l was i mmedi at el y at t r act ed t o hi m. He asked her t o
di ne t he next
eveni ng, and t hat ni ght Kendal l went t o bed wi t h hi m. They
wer e t oget her
ever y ni ght af t er t hat . - One eveni ng, Mar c sai d, ' Kendal l ,
I ' mmadl y i n
l ove wi t h you, you know. ' She sai d sof t l y, ' ' ve been
l ooki ng f or you al l
my l i f e, Mar c. ' ' i s a ser i ous pr obl em. You ar e a bi g
success.
I don' t make anywher e near as much money as you. Per haps
one day - "
Kendal l had put her f i nger t o hi s l i ps. ' i t . You' ve gi ven
me mor e t han
I coul d ever have hoped f or . ' On Chr i st mas Day, Kendal l
t ook Mar c t o
Rose Hi l l t o meet her f at her . ' ' r e goi ng t o mar r y hi m?'
Har r y St anf or d
expl oded. ' ' s a nobody! He' s mar r yi ng you f or t he money he
t hi nks you' r e
goi ng t o get . ' I f Kendal l had needed any f ur t her r eason t o
mar r y Mar c,
t hat woul d have been i t . They got mar r i ed i n Connect i cut
t he f ol l owi ng
day. And Kendal l ' s mar r i age t o Mar c gave her happi ness she
had never
known bef or e. ' must n' t l et your f at her bul l y you, ' he had
t ol d Kendal l .
' hi s l i f e, he has used hi s money as a weapon. We don' t
need hi s money. '
And Kendal l had l oved hi mf or t hat . Mar c was a wonder f ul
husband - ki nd,
consi der at e, and car i ng. I have ever yt hi ng, Kendal l
t hought happi l y. The
past i s dead. She had succeeded i n spi t e of her f at her . I n
a f ew hour s,
t he f ashi on wor l d was goi ng t o be f ocused on her t al ent .
The r ai n had
st opped. I t was a good omen. The show was st unni ng. At i t s
end, wi t h
musi c pl ayi ng and f l ash bul bs poppi ng, Kendal l wal ked out
ont o t he
r unway, t ook a bow and r ecei ved an ovat i on.
Kendal l wi shed t hat Mar c coul d have been i n Par i s wi t h her
t o shar e her
t r i umph, but hi s br oker age house had r ef used t o gi ve hi m
t he t i me of f .
89 When t he cr owd had l ef t , Kendal l went back t o her
of f i ce, f eel i ng
euphor i c. Her assi st ant sai d, ' l et t er came f or you. I t
was
hand- del i ver ed. ' Kendal l l ooked at t he br own envel ope her
assi st ant
handed her , and she f el t a sudden chi l l . She knew what i t
was about
bef or e she opened i t . The l et t er r ead: Dear Mr s. Renaud, I
r egr et t o
i nf or myou t hat t he Wi l d Ani mal Pr ot ect i on Associ at i on i s
shor t Of f unds
agai n. We wi l l need $100, 000 i mmedi at el y t o cover our
expenses. The
money shoul d be wi r ed t o account number 804072- A at t he
Cr 6di t Sui sse
bank i n Zur i ch. Ther e was no si gnat ur e. Kendal l sat t her e,
st ar i ng at
i t , numb. I t ' s never go M*g t o st op. The bl ackmai l i s
never goi ng t o
st op. Anot her assi st ant * came hur r yi ng i nt o t he of f i ce.
' ! I ' mso
sor r y. I j ust hear d some t er r i bl e news. ' I can' t bear any
mor e t er r i bl e
news, Kendal l t hought . ' . . . what i s i t ?' ' was an
announcement on
Radi o- T616 Luxembour g. Your f at her i s . . . dead. He
dr owned. ' I t t ook
Kendal l a moment f or i t t o si nk i n. Her f i r st t hought was,
I wonder what
woul d have made hi mpr ouder ? My success or t he f act t hat
I ' ma mur der er ?
Chapt er Ten.
Peggy Mal kovi ch had been mar r i ed t o, Woodr ow ' ' St anf or d
f or t wo year s,
but t o t he r esi dent s of Hobe Sound, she was st i l l r ef er r ed
t o as ' t hat
wai t r ess' . Peggy had been wai t i ng on t abl es at t he Rai n
For est Gr i l l e
when Woody f i r st met her . Woody St anf or d was t he gol den
boy of Hobe
Sound. He l i ved i n t he f ami l y vi l l a, had cl assi cal good
l ooks, was
char mi ng and gr eganous, and a t ar get f or al l t he eager
debut ant es i n
Hobe Sound, Phi l adel phi a, and Long I sl and. I t was
t her ef or e a sei smi c
shock when he suddenl y el oped wi t h a t went y- f i ve- year - ol d
wai t r ess who
was pl ai nl ooki ng, a hi gh- school dr opout , and t he daught er
of a day
l abor er and a housewi f e. I t was even mor e of a shock
because ever yone
had been expect i ng Woody t o mar r y Mi mi Car son, a
beaut i f ul , i nt el l i gent
young hei r ess t o a t i mber f or t une who was madl y i n l ove
wi t h Woody. As a
r ul e, t he r esi dent s of Hobe Sound pr ef er r ed t o gossi p
about , t he
af f ai r s of t hei r ser vant s r at her t han' t hei r peer s, but i n
Woody' s case,
hi s mar r i age was so. out r ageous t hat t hey made an
except i on. The 91
i nf or mat i on qui ckl y spr ead t hat he had got t en Peggy
Mal kovi ch pr egnant
and t hen mar r i ed her . They wer e qui t e sur e whi ch was t he
gr eat er si n. '
God' s sake, I can under st and t he boy get t i ng her pr egnant ,
but you don' t
mar r y a wai t r ess! ' The whol e af f ai r was a cl assi c case of
Wj a vu.
Twent y- f our year s ear l i er , Hobe Sound had been r ocked by a
si mi l ar
scandal i nvol vi ng t he St anf or ds. Emi l y Templ e, t he
daught er of one of
t he f oundi ng f ami l i es, had commi t t ed sui ci de because her
husband had
got t en t he chi l dr en' s gover ness pr egnant . Woody St anf or d
made no secr et
of t he f act t hat he hat ed hi s f at her , and t he gener al
f eel i ng was t hat
he had mar r i ed t he wai t r ess out of spi t e, t o show t hat he
was a mor e
honor abl e man t han hi s f at her . The onl y per son i nvi t ed t o
t he weddi ng
was Peggy' s br ot her , Hoop, who f l ew i n f r omNew Yor k. Hoop
was t wo year s
ol der t han Peggy and wor ked i n a baker y i n t he Br onx. l i e
was t al l and
emaci at ed, wi t h a pockmar ked f ace and a heavy Br ookl yn
accent . ' ' r e
get t i ng' a gr eat gi r l , ' he t ol d Woody af t er t he cer emony.
" I know, ' Woody sai d t onel essl y. ' t ake good car e of my
si st er , huh?"
" I ' l l do my best . ' ' . Cool . ' An unmemor abl e conver sat i on
bet ween a baker
and t he son of one of t he weal t hi est men i n t he wor l d. 92
Four weeks
af t er t he weddi ng, Peggy J ost t he baby. Hobe Sound i s a
ver y excl usi ve
communi t y, and J upi t er I sl and i s t he most excl usi ve par t
of Hobe Sound.
The i sl and i s bor der ed on t he west by t he I nt er coast al
Wat er way and on
t he east by t he At l ant i c Ocean. I t i s a haven of pr i vacy -
weal t hy,
sel f cont ai ned and pr ot ect i ve, wi t h i ndi f e pol i ce per
capi t a t han al most
any ot her pl ace i n t he wor l d. I t s r esi dent s pr i de
t hemsel ves on bei ng
under st at ed. They dr i ve Taur uses or st at i on wagons, and
own smal l
sai l boat s, an ei ght een- f oot Li ght ni ng or a
t went y- f our - f oot Qui ckst ep.
I f one was not bor n t o i t , one had t o ear n t he r i ght t o be
a member of
t hi s Hobe Sound communi t y. Af t er t he mar r i age bet ween
Woodr ow St anf or d
and ' wai t r ess' , ' t he bur ni ng quest i on was, what wer e t he
r esi dent s
goi ng t o do about accept i ng t he br i de i nt o t hei r soci et y?
Mr s. Ant hony
Pel l et i er , t he doyenne of Hobe Sound, was t he ar bi t er of
al l soci al d.
i sput es, and her devout mi ssi on i n l i f e was t o pr ot ect her
communi t y
agai nst par venus and t he nouveaux r i ches. When newcomer s
ar r i ved at Hobe
Sound and wer e unf or t unat e enough t o di spl ease Mr s.
Pel l et i er , i t was
her cust omt o have del i ver ed t o t hem, by her chauf f eur , a
l eat her
t r avel i ng case. I t was her way of i nf or mi ng t hemt hat t hey
wer e not
wel come i n t he communi t y. 93 Her f r i ends del i ght ed i n
t el l i ng t he st or y
of t he gar age mechani c and hi s wi f e who had bought a house
i n Hobe
Sound. Mr s. Pel l et i er had sent t hemher r i t ual t r avel i ng
bag, and when
t he wi f e l ear ned i t s si gni f i cance, she l aughed. She sai d,
" I f t hat ol d
har r i dan t hi nks she can dr i ve me out of t hi s pl ace, she' s
cr azy! ' But
st r ange t hi ngs began t o happen. Wor kmen and r epai r men wer e
suddenl y
unavai l abl e, t he gr ocer was al ways out of i t ems t hat ' she
or der ed, and
i t was i mpossi bl e t o become a member of t he J upi t er I sl and
Cl ub or even
t o get a r eser vat i on at any of t he good l ocal r est aur ant s.
And no one spoke t o t hem. Thr ee mont hs af t er r ecei vi ng t he
sui t case, t he
coupl e sol d t hei r home and moved away. So i t was t hat when
wor d of
Woody' s mar r i age got out , t he communi t y hel d i t s
col l ect i ve br eat h.
Excommuni cat i ng Peggy Mal kovi ch woul d al so mean excom-
muni cat i ng her
popul ar husband. Ther e wer e bet s bei ng qui et l y, made. For
t he f i r st f ew
weeks, t her e wer e no i nvi t at i ons t o di nner s or t o any of
t he usual
communi t y f unct i ons. But t he r esi dent s l i ked Woody and,
af t er al l , hi s
gr andmot her on hi s mot her ' s si de had been one of t he
f ounder s of Hobe
Sound. Gr adual l y, peopl e st ar t ed i nvi t i ng hi mand Peggy t o
t hei r homes.
They wer e eager t o see what hi s br i de was l i ke. ' ol d gi r l
must have
somet hi ng speci al or woody never woul d have mar r i ed her . '
94 They wer e i n
f or a bi g di sappoi nt ment . Peggy was dul l and gr acel ess,
she had no
per sonal i t y, and she dr essed badl y. Dowdy was t he wor d
t hat came t o
peopl e' s mi nds. Woody' s f r i ends wer e baf f l ed. ' on ear t h
does he see i n
her ? He coul d have mar r i ed anyone. ' One of t he f i r st
i nvi t at i ons was
f r omMi mi Car son. She had been devast at ed by t he news of
Woody' s mar r i age, but she was t oo pr oud t o r eveal i t . When
her cl osest f r i end had
t r i ed t o consol e her by sayi ng, ' i t , Mi mi ! You' l l get
over hi m, " Mi mi
had r epl i ed, ' ' l l l i ve wi t h i t , but I ' l l never get over
hi m. " Woody
t r i ed har d t o make a success of t he mar r i age. He knew he
had made a
mi st ake, and he di d not want t o puni sh Peggy f or i t . He
t r i ed
desper at el y t o be a good husband. The pr obl emwas t hat
Peggy had not hi ng
i n common wi t h hi mor wi t h any of hi s f r i ends. The onl y
per son Peggy
seemed comf or t abl e wi t h was her br ot her , and she and Hoop
spoke on t he
t el ephone ever y day. ' mi ss hi m, ' Peggy compl ai ned t o
Woody. ' you l i ke
t o have hi mcome down and st ay wi t h us f or a f ew days?' '
can' t . " And
she l ooked at her husband and sai d spi t ef ul l y, ' ' s got a
j ob. ' At
par t i es, Woody at t empt ed t o br i ng Peggy i nt o t he
conver sat i ons, but i t
was qui ckl y appar ent t hat she 95 had not hi ng t o
cont r i but e. She sat i n
cor ner s, t onguet i ed, ner vousl y l i cki ng her l i ps, obvi ousl y
uncomf or t abl e. Woody' s f r i ends wer e awar e t hat even t hough
he was
st ayi ng at t he St anf or d vi l l a, he was est r anged f r omhi s
f at her and t hat
he was l i vi ng of f t he smal l annui t y t hat hi s- mot her had
l ef t hi m. Hi s
passi on was pol o and he r ode t he poni es owned by f r i ends.
I n t he wor l d
of pol o, pl ayer s ar e r anked by goal s, wi t h t en goal s bei ng
t he best .
Woody was ni ne goal s, and he had r i dden wi t h Mar i ano
Aguer r e f r omBuenos
Ai r es, Wi cky el Ef f endi f r omTexas, Andr es Di ni z f r om
Br azi l , and dozens
of ot her t op goal s. Ther e wer e onl y about t wel ve t en- goal
pl ayer s i n t he
wor l d, and Woody' s dr i vi ng ambi t i on was t o be t he
t hi r t eent h. ' know
why, don' t you?' one of hi s f r i ends r emar ked. ' f at her was
t en goal s. '
Because Mi mi Car son knew t hat Woody coul d not af f or d t o
buy hi s own pol o
poni es, she pur chased a st r i ng f or hi mt o pl ay. When
f r i ends asked why,
she sai d, ' want t o make hi mhappy i n any way I can. @
When, newcomer s
asked what Woody di d f or a l i vi ng, peopl e j ust shr ugged.
I n r eal i t y, he
was l i vi ng a secondhand l i f e, maki ng money pl ayi ng ski ns
at gol f ,
bet t i ng on pol o mat ches, bor r owi ng ot her peopl e' s pol o
poni es and r aci ng
yacht s, and on occasi on, ot her peopl e' s wi ves. 96 The
mar r i age wi t h
Peggy was det er i or at i ng r api dl y, but Woody r ef used t o
admi t i t .
" Peggy, ' he woul d say, ' when we go t o par t i es, pl ease t r y t o
j oi n i n t he
conver sat i on. ' ' shoul d I ? Your f r i ends al l t hi nk t hey' r e
t oo good f or
me. ' ' , t hey' r e not , ' Woody assur ed her . Once a week, t he
Hobe Sound
Li t er ar y Ci r cl e met at t he count r y cl ub f or a di scussi on
of t he l at est
books, f ol l owed by a l uncheon. On t hi s par t i cul ar day, as
t he l adi es
wer e di ni ng, t he st ewar d appr oached Mr s. Pel l et i er . ' .
Woodr ow St anf or d
i s out si de. She woul d l i ke t o j oi n you. ' A hush f el l over
t he t abl e. '
her i n, ' Mr s. Pel l et i er sai d. A' moment l at er , Peggy wal ked
i nt o t he
di ni ng r oom. She had washed her hai r and pr essed her best
dr ess. She
st ood t her e, ner vousl y l ooki ng at t he gr oup. Mr s.
Pel l et i er gave her a
nod, t hen sai d pl easant l y, ' . St anf or d. ' Peggy smi l ed
eager l y, ' ,
ma' am. ' ' won' t need you. We al r eady have a wai t r ess. " And
Mr s.
Pel l et i er t ur ned back t o her l unch. When Woody hear d t he
st or y, he was
f ur i ous. ' dar e she do t hat t o yoi u! ' He t ook her i n hi s
ar ms.
" Next t i me, ask me bef or e you do a t hi ng l i ke t hat , Peggy.
You have t o
be i nvi t ed t o t hat . l uncheon. ' 97 11 di dn' t know, ' she
sai d sul l enl y.
" I t ' s al l r i ght . Toni ght we' r e havi ng di nner at t he
Bl akes' , and I want
" I won' t go! ' ' we' ve accept ed t hei r i nvi t at i on. ' ' go. ' '
don' t want t o
go wi t hout you. ' ' ' mnot goi ng. ' Woody went al one, and
af t er t hat , he
began goi ng t o ever y par t y wi t hout Peggy. He woul d come
home at al l
hour s, and Peggy was sur e he had been wi t h ot her women.
The acci dent
changed ever yt hi ng. I t happened dur i ng a pol o mat ch. Woody
was pl ayi ng
t he number one posi t i on, and a member of t he opposi ng
t eam, t r yi ng t o
st r oke t he bal l i n cl ose quar t er s, acci dent l y hi t t he l egs
of t he pony
t hat Woody was r i di ng. The pony went down and r ol l ed on
t op of hi m. I n
t he pi l e- up t hat f ol l owed, a second pony ki ckedwoody. At
t he emer gency
r oomof t he hospi t al , t he doct or s di agnosed a br oken l eg,
t hr ee
f r act ur ed r i bs, and a punct ur ed l ung. Over t he next t wo
weeks, t her e
wer e t hr ee separ at e oper at i ons, and Woody was i n
excr uci at i ng pai n. The
doct or s gave hi mmor phi ne t o ease i t . Peggy came t o vi si t
hi mever y day.
Hoop f l ew i n f r omNew Yor k t o consol e hi s si st er . I f i s
physi cal pai n was
unbear abl e, and t he onl y r el i ef Woody had was f r omt he
dr ugs t he doct or s
kept pr escr i bi ng f or hi m. I t was shor t l y af t er Woody got
home t hat he
seemed t o change. He began t o have vi ol ent mood swi ngs.
One mi nut e he
was hi s usual ebul l i ent sel f , *nd t he next mi nut e he woul d
go i nt o a
sudden r age or a deep depr essi on. At di nner , l aughi ng and
t el l i ngj okes,
Woody woul d suddenl y become angr y and abusi ve t owar d Peggy
and st or m
out . I n t he mi ddl e of a sent ence he woul d dr i f t of f i nt o a
deep r ever i e.
He became f or get f ul . He woul d make dat es and not show up;
he woul d
i nvi t e peopl e t o hi s home and not be t her e when t hey
ar r i ved. Ever yone
was concer ned about hi m. Soon, he became abusi ve t o Peggy
i n publ i c.
Br i ngi ng a cup of cof f ee t o a f r i end one mor ni ng, , Peggy
spi l l ed some and
Woody sneer ed, ' a wai t r ess, al ways a wai t r ess. ' Peggy
al so began t o
show si gns of physi cal abuse, and when peopl e asked her
what happened,
she woul d make excuses. ' bumped i nt o, a door ' or ' f el l
down, ' and she
woul d make l i ght of i t . The communi t y was out r aged. Now i t
was Peggy
t hey wer e f eel i ng sor r y f or . But when Woody' s er r at i c
behavi or of f ended
someone, Peggy woul d def end her husband. ' i s under a l ot
of st r ess, ' ,
Peggy woul d i nsi st . ' i sn' t hi msel f . ' She woul d not al l ow
anyone t o say
anyt hi ng agai nst hi m. 98 99 I t was Dr . Ti chner who f i nal l y
br ought i t
out i nt o t he open. He asked Peggy t o come see hi mi n hi s
of f i ce one day.
She was ner vous. ' somet hi ng wr ong, doct or ?' He st udi ed
her a moment .
She had a br ui se on her cheek, and her eye was swol l en. ' ,
ar e you awar e
t hat Woody i s doi ng dr ugst . Her eyes f l ashed wi t h
i ndi gnat i on. ' ! I
don' t bel i eve i t ! ' She st ood up. ' won' t l i st en t o t hi s! '
' down, Peggy.
I t ' s about t i me you f aced t he t r ut h. I t ' s becomi ng obvi ous
t o ever yone
el se. Sur el y you' ve not i ced hi s behavi or . One mi nut e he' s
on t op of t he
wor l d, t al ki ng about how wonder f ul ever yt hi ng i s, and t he
next mi nut e
he' s sui ci dal . ' Peggy sat t her e, wat chi ng hi m, her f ace
pal e. ' ' s
addi ct ed. ' Her l i ps t i ght ened.
" No, ' she sai d st ubbor nl y. ' ' s not . ' ' i s. You' ve got t o
be r eal i st i c.
Don' t you want t o hel p hi mt ' cour se, I do! ' She was
wr i ngi ng her hands.
' ' d do anyt hi ng t o hel p hi m. Anyt hi ng. ' ' r i ght .
Then l et ' s st ar t . I want you t o hel p me get Woody i nt o a
r ehabi l i t at i on
cent er . I ' ve asked hi mt o come i n and see me. ' Peggy
l ooked at hi mf or a
l ong t i me, t hen nodded. ' ' l l t al k t o hi m, ' she sai d
qui et l y. 100 That
af t er noon, when Woody wal ked i nt o Dr . Ti chner ' s of f i ce, he
was i n a
euphor i c mood. ' want ed t o see me, doc? I t ' s about Peggy,
i sn' t i f f
- ' No. I t ' s about you, Woody. ' Woody l ooked at hi mi n
sur pr i se. ' ?
What ' s my pr obl emt ' t hi nk you know what your pr obl emi s. '
' ar e you
t al ki ng abouf f ' you go on l i ke t hi s, you' r e goi ng t o
dest r oy your l i f e
and Peggy' s l i f e. What ar e you t aki ng, Woodyt ' . ' ' hear d
me. ' Ther e was
a l ong si l ence. ' want t o hel p you. ' Woody sat t her e,
st ar i ng at t he
f l oor . When he f i nal l y spoke, hi s voi ce was hoar se.
" You' r e r i ght . I ' ve . . . I ' ve t r i ed t o ki d mysel f , but I
can' t any
l onger . ' ' ar e you ont ' . ' ' Gof f ' me, I ' ve t r i ed t o
st op, but I . . . I
can' t . ' ' need hel p, and t her e ar e pl aces wher e you can
get i t . ' Woody
sai d wear i l y, ' hope t o God you' r e r i ght . ' ' want you t o
go t o t he
Har bor ' Gr oup Cl i ni c i n J upi t er . Wi l l you t r y i f f Ther e was
a br i ef
hesi t at i on. ' . ' ' ' s suppl yi ng you wi t h t he her oi nt Dr .
Ti chner asked.
101 Woody shook hi s head. ' can' t t el l you t hat . ' ' wel l .
I ' l l make
ar r angement s f or you at t he cl i ni c. ' - - The f ol l owi ng
mor ni ng, Dr .
Ti chner was seat ed i n t he of f i ce of t he chi ef of pol i ce. '
i s suppl yi ng
hi mwi t h her oi n, ' Dr . Ti chner sai d, ' he won' t t el l me
who. ' Chi ef of
Pol i ce Mur phy l ooked at Dr . Ti chner and nodded. ' t hi nk I
know who. '
Ther e wer e sever al possi bl e suspect s. Hobe Sound was a
smal l encl ave,
and ever yone knew ever yone el se' s busi ness. A l i quor st or e
had opened
r ecent l y on Br i dge Road t hat made del i ver i es t o t hei r Hobe
Sound
cust omer s at al l hour s of t he day and ni ght . A doct or at a
l ocal cl i ni c
had been f i ned f or over pr escr i bi ng dr ugs. A gymnasi umhad
opened a year
ear l i er , on t he ot her si de of t he wat er way, and i t was
r umor ed t hat t he
t r ai ner t ook st er oi ds and had ot her dr ugs avai l abl e f or
hi s good
cust omer s. But Chi ef of Pol i ce Mur phy had anot her suspect
i n mi nd. Tony
Benedot t i had ser ved as a gar dener f or many of t he homes
i n Hobe Sound
f or year s. He had st udi ed hor t i cul t ur e and l oved spendi ng
hi s days
cr eat i ng beaut i f ul gar dens. The gar dens and l awns he
t ended 102 wer e t he
l ovel i est i n Hobe Sound. He was a qui et man who kept t o
hi msel f , and t he
peopl e he wor ked f or . knew ver y l i t t l e about hi m. He
seemed t o be t oo
wel l educat ed t o be a gar dener , and peopl e wer e cur i ous
about hi s past .
Mur phy sent f or hi m. ' t hi s i s about my dr i ver ' s l i cense,
I r enewed i t , '
Benedot t i sai d. ' down, ' Mur phy or der ed. ' t her e some ki nd
of pr obl emt
' . You' r e an educat ed man, r i ght t SY es.
The chi ef of pol i ce l eaned back i n hi s chai r . ' how come
you' r e a
gar dener t ' happen t o l ove nat ur e. ' ' el se do you happen
t o l ove?"
" I don' t under st and. ' ' l ong have you been gar deni ng?'
Benedot t i l ooked
at hi m, puzzl ed. ' any of my cust omer s been compl ai ni ng?"
" J ust answer t he quest i on. ' ' f i f t een year s. ' ' have a
ni ce house and a
boat t ' . ' ' can you af f or d al l t hat on what you make as a
gar dener t
Benedot t i sai d, ' ' s not t hat bi g a house, and i t ' s not
t hat bi g a boat . '
' you make a l i t t l e money on t he si de. ' 103 @What do you
. . . T ' wor k
f or some peopl e i n Mi ami , don' t yout ' . 1 " Ther e' s a l ot of
I t al i ans
t her e. Do you ever do t hemsome l i t t l e f avor st ' ki nd of
f avor st '
pushi ng dr ugs. ' Benedot t i l ooked at hi m, hor r i f i ed. ' God!
Of cour se
not . ' Mur phy l eaned f or war d. ' me t el l you somet hi ng,
Benedot t i . I ' ve
been keepi ng an eye on you. I ' ve had a t al k wi t h a f ew of
t he peopl e you
wor k f or . They don' t want you or your maf i a f r i ends her e
anymor e. I s
t hat cl ear t Benedot t i squeezed hi s eyes shut f or a second,
t hen opened
t hem. ' cl ear . ' ' . I ' l l expect you out of her e by
t omor r ow. I don' t want
t o see your f ace agai n. ' Woody St anf or d went i nt o t he
Har bor Gr oup
Cl i ni c f or t hr ee weeks, and when he came out , he was t he
ol d Woody -
char mi ng, gr aci ous, and del i ght f ul t o be wi t h. He went
back t o pl ayi ng
pol o, r i di ng Mi mi Car son' s poni es. Sunday was t he Pal m
Beach Pol o &
Count r y Cl ub' s ei ght eent h anni ver sar y, and Sout h Shor e
Boul evar d was
heavy wi t h t r af f i c as t hr ee t housand f ans conver ged on t he
pol o gr ounds.
They r ushed t o f i l l t he 104 box seat s on t he west si de of
t he f i el d and
t he bl eacher s at t he opposi t e end. Some of t he f i nest
pl ayer s i n t he
wor l d wer e goi ng t o be i n t he day' s game. Peggy was i n a
box seat next
t o Mi mi Car son, as Mi mi ' s guest . ' t ol d me t hat t hi s i s
your f i r st pol o
mat ch, Peggy.
Why haven' t you been t o one bef or et Peggy l i cked her l i ps.
' . . . I guess
I ' ve al ways been t oo ner vous t o wat ch Woody pl ay. I don' t
want hi mt o
get hur t agai n. I t ' s a ver y danger ous spor t , i sn' t i t t
Mi mi sai d
t hought f ul l y, ' you get ei ght pl ayer s, each wei ghi ng about
one hundr ed
and sevent y- f i ve pounds, and t hei r ni ne- hundr ed- pound
poni es r aci ng at
each ot her over t hr ee hundr ed yar ds at f or t y mi l es an hour
- yes,
acci dent s can happen. ' Peggy shudder ed. - . ' I coul dn' t
st and i t i f
anyt hi ng happened t o Woody agai n. I r eal l y coul dn' t . I go
cr azy wor r yi ng
about hi m. ' Mi mi Car son sai d gent l y, ' ' t wor r y. He' s one
of t he best .
He st udi ed under Hect or Bar r ant as, you know. ' Peggy was
l ooki ng at her
bl ankl y. ' ' ' s a t en- goal pl ayer . One of t he l egends of
pol o. " 60h. @
Ther e was a mur mur f r omt he cr owd as t he poni es moved
acr oss t he f i el d.
' ' s happeni ng?' Peggy asked. ' j ust f i ni shed a pr act i ce
sessi on bef or e
t he game. They' r e r eady t o begi n now. ' 105 On t he f i el d,
t he t wo t ear ns
wer e st ar t i ng t o l i ne up under t he hot Fl or i da sun,
get t i ng r eady f or
t he umpi r e' s t hr ow- i n. Woody l ooked wonder f ul , t an and f i t
and l i t he -
r eady t o do bat t l e. Peggy waved and bl ew hi ma ki ss. Bot h
t eams wer e
l i ned up now, si de by si de. The pl ayer s hel d t hei r mal l et s
down f or t he
t hr ow- i n. ' ar e usual l y si x per i ods of pl ay, cal l ed
chukker s, ' Mi mi
Car son expl ai ned t o Peggy. ' chukker l ast s seven mi nut es.
The chukker
ends when t he bel l r i ngs. Then t her e' s a shor t r est . They
change poni es
ever y per i od. The t eamt hat scor es t he most goal s wi ns. '
' . ' Mi mi
wonder ed j ust how much Peggy under st ood.
On t he f i el d, t he pl ayer s' eyes wer e f i xed on t he umpi r e,
ant i ci pat i ng
when t he bal l woul d be t ossed. The umpi r e l ooked ar ound at
t he cr owd,
t hen suddenl y bowl ed t he whi t e pl ast i c bal l bet ween t he
t wo r ows of
pl ayer s. The game had begun. The act i on was swi f t . Woody
made t he f i r st
pl ay, get t i ng possessi on of t he bal l and hi t t i ng an
of f si de f or ehand.
The bal l sped t owar d a pl ayer on t he opposi ng t eam. The
pl ayer gal l oped
down t he f i el d af t er i t . Woody r ode up t o hi mand hooked
hi s mal l et t o
spoi l hi s shot . ' di d Woody do t hat t Peggy asked. Mi mi
Car son expl ai ned.
' your opponent get s 106 t he bal l , i t ' s l egal t o hook hi s
mal l et so he
can' t scor e or pass. Woody wi l l use an of f si de st r oke next
t o cont r ol
t he bal l . ' The act i on was happeni ng so f ast t hat i t was
al most
i mpossi bl e t o f ol l ow. Ther e wer e cr i es of , ' . ' ' . "
" Leave i t . . And- t he pl ayer s wer e r aci ng doi vn t he f i el d
at f ul l speed.
The poni es - usual l y pur e or t hr ee- quar t er t hor oughbr ed -
wer e
r esponsi bl e f or sevent y f i ve per cent of t hei r r i der s'
successes. The
poni es had t o be f ast , and have what pl ayer s cal l pol o
sense, bei ng abl e
t o ant i ci pat e t hei r r i der ' s ever y move. Woody was
br i l l i ant dur i ng t he
f i r st t hr ee chukker s, scor i ng t wo goal s i n each one and
bei ng cheer ed on
by t he r oar i ng cr owd. Hi s mal l et seemed t o be ever ywher e.
I t wasl he@ol d
Woody St anf or d, r i di ng l i ke t he wi nd, f ear l ess. By t he end
of t he f i f t h
chukker , Woody' s t eamwas wel l ahead. The pl ayer s went of f
t he f i el d f or
t he br eak. As Woody passed Peggy and Mi mi , si t t i ng i n t he
f r ont r ow, he
smi l ed at bot h of t hem. Peggy t ur ned t o Mi mi Car son,
exci t edl y. ' ' t he
wonder f ul t She l ooked over at Peggy. ' . I n ever y way. '
Woody' s t eammat es
wer e congr at ul at i ng hi m. ' on t he mar k, ol d boy! You wer e
f abul ous! ' 107
' pl ays! ' ' . ' ' ' r e goi ng out t her e and r ub t hei r noses i n
i t some mor e.
They haven' t got a chance! ' Woody gr i nned.
" No pr obl em. ' He wat ched hi s t eammat es move out t o t he
f i el d, and he
suddenl y f el t exhaust ed. I pushed myse4r t oo har d, he
t hought . I wasn' t
r eal l y r eady t o go back t o t he game yet . r mnot goi ng t o
be abl e t o keep
t hi s up. I f I go out t her e, r a make a f ool of mysel f He
began. t o pani c,
and hi s hear t st ar t ed t o pound. What I need i s a l i t t l e
pi ck- me- up. No!
I won' t do t hat . I can' t . I pr omi sed But t he t eami s
wai t i ng f or me. I ' l l
do i t j ust t hi s once, and never agai n. I swear t o God,
t hi s i s t he l ast
t i me. He went t o hi s car and r eached i nt o t he gl ove
compar t ment . When
Woody r et ur ned t o t he f i el d, he was hummi ng t o hi msel f ,
and hi s eyes
wer e unnat ur al l y br i ght . He waved t o t he cr owd, and j oi ned
hi s wai t i ng
t eam. I don' t even need a t eam, he t hought . I coul d beat
t hose bast ar ds
si ngl e- handedl y. r mt he best damnedpl ayer i n t he wor l d. He
was gi ggl i ng
t o hi msel f . The acci dent occur r ed dur i ng t he si xt h
chukker *, al t hough
some of t he spect at or s wer e t o i nsi st l at er t hat i t was no
acci dent . The
poni es wer e bunched t oget her , r aci ng t owar d t he goal , and
Woody had
cont r ol of t he bal l . Out of 108 t he cor ner of hi s eye he
saw one of t he
opposi ng pl ayer s cl osi ng i n on hi m. Usi ng a t ai l shot , he
sent t he bal l
t o . t he r ear of t he pony. I t was pi cked up by Ri ck Hami l -
@t on, t he
best pl ayer on t he opposi ng t eam, who began r aci ng t owar d
t he goal .
Woody was af t er hi mat f ul l speed. He t r i ed t o hook
Hami l t on' s mal l et
and mi ssed. The poni es wer e get t i ng cl oser t o t he goal .
Woody kept
desper at el y t r yi ng t o get possessi on of t he bal l , and
f ai l ed each t i me.
As Hami l t on near ed t he goal , Woody del i ber at el y swer ved
hi s pony t o
cr ash i nt o Hami l t on and r i de hi mof f t he bal l . Hami l t on
and hi s pony
went t umbl i ng t o t he gr ound. The cr owd r ose t o i t s f eet ,
scr eami ng. The
umpi r e angr i l y bl ew t he whi st l e and hel d up a hand. The
f i r st r ul e i n
pol o i s t hat when a pl ayer has possessi on of t he bal l and
i s headi ng
t owar d t he goal , i t i s i l l egal t o. cut acr oss t he l i ne i n
whi ch t he
pl ayer i s t r avel i ng. Any pl ayer who cr osses t hat l i ne
cr eat es a
danger ous si t uat i on and commi t s a f oul . Pl ay st opped. The
umpi r e
appr oached Woody, anger i n hi s voi ce. ' was a del i ber at e
f oul ,
Mr . . St anf or d! ' Woody gr i nned. ' wasn' t my f aul t ! Hi s
damned pony - " The
opponent s wi l l r ecei ve a penal t y goal . ' The chukker t ur ned
i nt o a
di sast er . Woody commi t t ed t wo mor e bl at ant vi ol at i ons
wi t hi n t hr ee
mi nut es of each ot her . The penal t i es r esul t ed i n t wo mor e
goal s f or t he
ot her t eam. I n each case t he opponent s wer e 109 awar ded a
f r ee penal t y
shot on an unguar ded goal . I n t he l ast t hi r t y seconds of
t he game, t he
opposi ng t eamscor ed t he wi nni ng goal . What had been an
assur ed vi ct or y,
had t ur ned i nt o a r out . I n t he box, Mi mi Car son was
st unned by t he
sudden t ur n of event s. Peggy sai d t i mi dl y, ' di dn' t go
wel l , di d i t t
Mi mi t ur ned t o her . ' , Peggy. I ' maf r ai d i t di dn' t . ' A
st ewar d
appr oached t he box. ' . Car son, may I have a wor d wi t h yout
Mi mi Car son
t ur ned t o Peggy. ' me a moment . 1 Peggy wat ched t hemwal k
away. Af t er t he
game, Woody' s t eamwas ver y qui et . Woody was t oo ashamed
t o l ook at t he
ot her s. Mi mi Car son hur r i ed over t o Woody. - ' , I ' maf r ai d
I have some
t er r i bl e, t er r i bl e news. ' She put a hand on hi s shoul der .
' f at her i s
dead. ' Woody l ooked up at her and shook hi s head f r omsi de
t o si de. He
began t o sob. ' ' m. . . I ' mr esponsi bl ei t ' s m. . . my f aul t . '
' . You
must n' t bl ame your sel f . I t i sn' t your f aul t . "
" Yes, , i t i s, ' Woody cr i ed. ' i t wer en' t f or my penal t i es,
we woul d have
won t he game. "
Chapt er El even.
J ul i a St anf or d had never known her f at her , and now he was
dead, r educed
t o a bl ack headl i ne i n t he Kansas, I Ci t y st ar : TYCOON
HARRY STANFORD
" DROWNS AT SEA. She sat t her e, st ar i ng at hi s phot ogr aph
on t he f r ont
age of t he newspaper , f i l l ed wi t h conf l i ct i ng emot i ons. Do
I hat e hi m
because of t he way he t r eat ed my mot her . or do I l ove hi m
because he' s
my f at her ? Do I f eel gui l t y because I never t r i ed t o get i n
t ouch wi t h
hi m, or do I f eel angr y because he never t r i ed t o f i nd me?
I t doesn' t
mat t er anymor e, she t hought . He' s gone. Her f at her had
been dead t o her
al l her l i f e, and now he had di ed agai n, cheat i ng her out
of somet hi ng
she had no wor ds f or . I nexpl i cabl y, she f el t an
over whel mi ng sense of
l oss. St upi d! J ul i a t hought . How can I mi ss someone I
never knew? She
l ooked at t he newspaper phot ogr aph agai n. Do I have
anyt hi ng of hi mi n
me? J ul i a st ar ed i nt o t he@mi r r or on t he wal l . The eyes.
have t he same
deep gr ay eyes. J ul i a went i nt o her bedr oomcl oset ,
r emoved a bat t er ed
car dboar d box, and f r omi t l i f t ed a l eat her - bound
scr apbook. She sat on
t he edge of her bed and opened t he box. For t he next t wo
hour s, she
por ed over i t s f ami l i ar cont ent s. Ther e wer e count l ess
phot ogr aphs of
her mot her i n her gover ness' s uni f or m, wi t h Har r y St anf or d
and Mr s.
St anf or d and t hei r t hr ee young chi l dr en. Most of t he
pi ct ur es had been
t aken on t hei r yacht , at kose Hi l l , or at t he Hobe Sound
vi l l a. J ul i a
pi cked up t he yel l owed newspaper cl i ppi ngs r ecount i ng t he
scandal t hat
had happened so many year s bef or e i n Bost on. The f aded
headl i nes wer e
l ur i d: LOVE NEST ON BEACON HI LL BI LLI ONAI RE HARRY STANFORD
I N SCANDAL
TYCOON' S WI FE COMMI TS SUI CI DE GOVERNESS ROSEMARY NELSON
DI SAPPEARS Ther e
wer e dozens of gossi p col umns f i l l ed wi t h i nnuendos. J ul i a
sat t her e f or
a l ong t i me, l ost i n t he past . She had been bor n at St .
J oseph' s
Hospi t al i n Mi l waukee. Her ear l i est memor i es wer e of
l i vi ng i n dr ear y
wal k- up apar t ment s and const ant l y movi ng f r omci t y t o
ci t y. Ther e wer e,
t i mes when t her e was no money at al l , and l i t t l e t o eat .
Her mot her was
cont i nual l y i l l , and i t had been di f f i cul t f or her t o f i nd
st eady wor k.
The young gi r l qui ckl y l ear ned never t o ask f or t oys or
new dr esses. 112
J ul i a st ar t ed school when she was f i ve, and her cl assmat es
woul d mock
her because she wor e t he same dr ess " ' and scr uf f y shoes
ever y day.
When t he ot her chi l dr en 1@111, t eased her , J ul i a f ought
t hem. She was a
r ebel , and she *as al ways bei ng br ought up bef or e t he
pr i nci pal . Her
t eacher s di dn' t know what t o do wi t h her . She was i n
t onst ant t r oubl e.
She mi ght have been expel l ed except f or one t hi ng: she was
t he br i ght est
st udent i n her cl ass. Her mot her had t ol d J ul i a t hat her
f at her was
dead, and she had accept ed t hat . But when J ul i a was t wel ve
year s ol d,
she st umbl ed acr oss a pi ct ur e al bumf i l l ed wi t h
phot ogr aphs of her
mot her wi t h a gr oup of St r anger s. ' ar e t hese peopl e?'
J ul i a asked.
And J ul i a' s mot her deci ded t hat t he t i me had come. ' down,
my dar l i ng. '
She t ook J ul i a' s hand and hel d i t t i ght l y. Ther e was no
way t o br eak t he
news t act f ul l y. - ' That i s your f at her , and your hal f
si st er , and your t wo
hal f br ot her s. ' J ul i a was , l ooki ng at her , puzzl ed. '
don' t
under st and. ' The t r ut h had f i nal l y come out , shat t er i ng
J ul i a' s peace of
mi nd. Her f at her was al i ve! And she had a hal f si st er and
t wo hal f
br ot her s. I t was t oo much t o compr ehend. ' Why . . . why di d
you l i e t o me?'
' wer e t oo young t o under st and. Your f at her and I . . . had
an af f ai r . He
was mar r i ed, and I . . . I had t o l eave, t o have you. ' '
hat e hi m! ' J ul i a
sai d. 113 ' must n' t hat e hi m. ' ' coul d he have done t hi s
t o yout she
demanded. ' happened was my f aul t as much as hi s. " Each
wor d was agony.
' f at her was a ver y at t r act i ve man, and I was young and
f ool i sh. I knew
t hat not hi ng coul d ever come of our af f ai r . He t ol d me he
l oved me . . .
but he was mar r i ed and had a f ami l y. And . . . and t hen I
became
pr egnant . ' I t was di f f i cul t f or her t o go on. ' r epor t er
got hol d of t he
st or y and i t was i n al l t he newspaper s. I r an away. I
i nt ended f or you
and me t o go back t o hi m, but hi s wi f e ki l l ed her sel f , and
I . . . I coul d
never f ace hi mor t he chi l dr en agai n. I t was my f aul t you
see. So don' t
bl ame hi m. ' But t her e was a par t of t he st or y Rosemar y
never r eveal ed t o
her daught er . When t he baby was bor n, t he cl er k at t he
hospi t al sai d,
' ' r e f i l l i ng out t he bi r t h cer t i f i cat e. The baby' s name i s
J ul i a Nel sont
Rosemar y had st ar t ed t o say yes, and t hen she t hought
f i er cel y, No!
She' s Har r y St anf or d' s daught er . She' s ent i t l ed t o hi s
name, and hi s
suppor t . ' daught er ' s name i s J ul i a St anf or d. ' She had
wr i t t en t o Har r y
St anf or d, t el l i ng hi mabout J ul i a, but she had never had a
r epl y. J ul i a
was f asci nat ed by t he i dea t hat she had a f ami l y she had
not known
about , and al so by t he f act t hat t hey wer e f amous enough
t o be wr i t t en
about i n t he pr e ss. She went t o t he publ i c l i br ar y and
l ooked up 114
ever yt hi ng she Coul d, about Har r y St anf or d. Ther e , dozens
of ar t i cl es
about hi m. He was a bi l l i onai r e, " and he l i ved i n anot her
wor l d, a wor l d
t hat J ul i a and her mot her wer e t ot al l y excl uded f r om. one
day, when one
of J ul i a' s cl assmat es t eased her , bei ng poor , J ul i a sai d
def i ant l y, ' ' m
not poor ! My f at her i s one of t he- r i chest men i n t he
wor l d. We have a
yacht and an ai r pl ane, and a dozen beaut i f ul , . ' Her
t eacher hear d her .
' , come up her e. ' J ul i a appr oached t he t eacher ' s desk. '
must not t t el l
a l i e l i ke t hat . "
" I t ' s not a l i e, ' J ul i a r et or t ed. ' f at her i s a
bi l l i onai r e! He knows
pr esi dent s and ki ngs! ' The t eacher l ooked at t he young
gi r l st andi ng
bef or e her i n her shabby cot t on dr ess and sai d, ' , t hat ' s
not t r ue. @'
1st ' J ul i a sai d st ubbor nl y. She was sent t o t he
pr i nci pal ' s of f i ce. She
never ment i oned her f at her at school agai n. , J ul i a
l ear ned t hat t he
r eason she and her mot her kept movi ng f r omci t y t o ci t y
was because of
t he news medi a. Har r y St anf or d was const ant l y i n t he
pr ess, and t he
gossi p newspaper s and magazi nes kept di ggi ng up t he ol d
scandal .
I nvest i gat i ve r epor t er s woul d event ual l y di scover who
Rosemar y Nel son
was and wher e she ar r i ved, and she woul d have t o t ake
J ul i a and f l ee. 115
J ul i a r ead ever y newspaper st or y t hat appear ed about Har r y
St anf or d, and
each t i me, she was t empt ed t o t el ephone hi m. She want ed t o
bel i eve t hat
dur i ng al l t hose year s he had been desper at el y sear chi ng
f or her mot her .
I ' l l cal l and say, ' i s your daught er . I f you want t o see
us . And he
woul d come t o t hemand f al l i n l ove al l over agai n, and
mar r y her
mot her , and t hey woul d al l l i ve happi l y t oget her . J ul i a
St anf or d gr ew
i nt o a beaut i f ul young woman. She had l ust r ous dar k hai r ,
a l aughi ng,
gener ous mout h, t he l umi nous gr ay eyes of her f at her , and
a gent l y
cur ved f i gur e. But when she smi l ed, peopl e f or got about
ever yt hi ng el se
but t hat smi l e. Because t hey wer e f or ced t o move so of t en,
J ul i a went t o
school s i n f i ve di f f er ent st at es. Dur i ng t he summer s she
wor ked as a
cl er k i n - a depar t ment st or e, behi nd t he count er i n a
dr ugst or e, and as
a r ecept i oni st . She was al ways f i er cel y i ndependent .
They wer e l i vi ng i n Kansas Ci t y, Kansas, when J ul i a
f i ni shed col l ege on
a schol ar shi p. She was not sur e what she want ed t o do wi t h
her l i f e.
Fr i ends, i mpr essed by her beaut y, suggest ed t hat she
become a movi e
act r ess. ' ' d be a st ar over ni ght ! ' J ul i a had di smi ssed t he
i dea wi t h a
casual , ' want s t o get up t hat ear l y ever y mor ni ng?' But
t he r eal r eason
she was not i nt er est ed was 116 use she want ed, above al l ,
her pr i vacy.
I t seemed t o J ul i a t hat al l t hei r l i ves, she and her
mot her had been
@hoi i nded by t he pr ess because of what had happened so
many year s
ear l i er . J ul i a' s dr eamof one day uni t i ng her mot her and
f at her , , ended
t he day her mot her di ed. J ul i a f el t an over power i ng sense
of l oss.
Myj at her has t o know, J ul i a t hought . Mot her was a par t of
hi s l i f e. She
l ooked up t he t el ephone number of hi s busi ness
headquar t er s i n Bost on. A
r ecept i oni st answer ed. ' mor ni ng, St anf or d Ent er pr i ses. '
J ul i a
hesi t at ed. ' Ent er pr i ses. Hel l o? May I hel p yout Sl owl y
J ul i a r epl aced
t he r ecei ver . Mot her woul dn' t have want ed me t o make t hat
cal l .
She was al one now. She had no one. J ul i a bur i ed her mot her
at Memor i al
Par k Cemet er y i n Kansas Ci t y. Ther e wer e no mour ner s.
J ul i a st ood at t he
gr avesi de and t hought , I t i sn' t f ai r , Mama You made one
mi st ake
andpai dj or i t - t he r est of your l i f e. I wi sh I coul d have
t aken some of
your pai n away. I l ove you ver y much, Mama. I ' l l al ways
l ove you. Al l
she had l ef t of her mot her ' s year s on ear t h was a
col l ect i on of ol d
phot ogr aphs and cl i ppi ngs. Wi t h her mot her gone, J ul i a' s
t hought s t ur ned
t o t he St anf or d f ami l y. They wer e r i ch. She coul d go t o
t hem117 _LL-
f or hel p. Never , she deci ded. Not af t er t he way Har r y
St anf or d t r eat ed
my mot her . But she had t o ear n a l i vi ng. She was f aced
wi t h a car eer
deci si on. She t hought wr yl y, Maybe I ' l l become a br ai n
sur geon. Or a
pai nt er ? Oper a si nger ? Physi ci st ? Ast r onaut ? She set t l ed
f or a
secr et ar i al cour se at ni ght school at Kansas Ci t y, Kansas,
Communi t y
Col l ege. The day af t er J ul i a f i ni shed t he cour se, she
vi si t ed an
empl oyment agency. Ther e wer e a dozen appl i cant s wai t i ng
t o see t he
empl oyment counsel or . Si t t i ng next t o J ul i a was an
at t r act i ve woman her
age. ' ! I ' mSal l y Connor s. ' ' St anf or d. ' ' ' ve got t o get a
j ob t oday, '
Sal l y moaned. ' ' ve been ki cked out of my apar t ment . ' J ul i a
hear d her
name cal l ed. ' l uck! ' Sal l y sai d. ' . ' J ul i a wal ked i nt o
t he of f i ce of
t he empl oyment counsel or . ' down, pl ease. ' ' you. ' ' see
f r omyour
appl i cat i on t hat you have a col l ege educat i on and summer
wor k
exper i ence. And you have a hi gh r ecommendat i on f r omt he
secr et ar i al
school . ' 118 she l ooked at t he dossi er on her desk. ' t ake
shor t . hand
at ni net y wor ds per mi nut e, and t ype at si xt y , . . , wor ds
per mi nut et ' ,
ma' am. ' ' mi ght have j ust t he t hi ng f or you. Ther e' s a
smal l f i r mof
ar chi t ect s t hat ' s l ooki ng f or a secr et ar y. The - sal ar y
i sn' t ver y l ar ge,
I ' maf r ai d. ' ' ' s okay, ' J ul i a sai d qui ckl y. ' wel l . I ' m
goi ng t o send
yo@over t her e. ' She handed J ul i a a sl i p of paper wi t h a
t yped name and
addr ess on i t . ' ' l l i nt er vi ew you at noon t omor r ow. 1 J ul i a
smi l ed
happi l y. ' you. ' She was f i l l ed wi t h a sense of
exci t ement . When J ul i a
came out of t he of f i ce, Sal l y' s name was bei ng cal l ed. '
hope you get
somet hi ng, ' J ul i a sai d. ' ! On an i mpul se, J ul i a deci ded t o
st ay and
wai t . Ten mi nut es l at er , when Sal l y came out of t he i nner
of f i ce, she
was gr i nni ng. ' got an i nt er vi ew! She t el ephoned, and I ' m
goi ng t o t he
Amer i can Mut ual I nsur ance Company, t omor r ow f or a
r ecept i oni st j ob. How
di d you dot ' ' l l know t omor r ow, t oo. ' ' ' msur e we' l l make
i t . Why don' t
we have l unch t oget her and cel ebr at et ' . ' 119 At l unch
t hey t al ked, and
t hei r f r i endshi p cl i cked i nst ant l y. @' l ooked at an,
apar t ment i n
Over l and Par k, ' Sal l y sai d. ' ' s a t wo- bedr oomand bat h,
wi t h a ki t chen
and l i vi ng r oom. I t ' s r eal l y ni ce. I can' t af f or d i t
al one, but i f t he
t wo of us. . J ul i a smi l ed. ' ' d l i ke t hat . ' She cr ossed her
f i nger s. ' I
get t he j ob. "
" You' l l get i t ! ' Sal l y assur ed her . On t he way t o t he
of f i ces of Pet er s,
East man & Tol ki n, J ul i a t hought , Thi s coul d be my bi g
oppor t uni t y. Thi s
coul d l ead anywher e. I mean, t hi s i sn' t j ust a j ob. r 1l be
wor ki ng f or
ar chi t ect s. Dr eamer s who bui l d and shape t he ci t y' s
skyl i ne, who cr eat e
beaut y and magi c out of st one. Maybe r i l st udy
ar chi t ect ur e myse#@, ' so
t hat I can hel p t hemand be a par t of t hat dr eam. The
of f i ce was i n a
di ngy ol d commer ci al bui l di ng on Amour Boul evar d. J ul i a
t ook t he
el evat or t o t he t hi r d f l oor , got of f and st opped at a
scar r ed door
mar ked PETERS, EASTMAN & TOLKI N, ARCHI TECTS. She t ook a
deep br eat h t o
cal mher sel f and ent er ed. ' men wer e wai t i ng f or her i n
t he r ecept i on
r oom, exami ni ng her as she wal ked i n t he door . ' ' r e her e
f or t he
secr et ar i al j obt ' , si r . ' ' ' mAl Pet er s. ' The bal d - one.
" Bob East man. ' The ponyt ai l . 120 ' Tol ki n. ' The pot bel l y.
They al l
appear ed t o be somewher e i n t hei r f or t i es. ' under st and
t hi s i s your
f i r st secr et ar i al j ob, ' Al Pet er s sai d. ' , i t i s, ' J ul i a
r epl i ed.
Then qui ckl y she added, ' I ' ma f ast l ear ner . I ' l l wor k
ver y har d. ' She
deci ded not t o me nt i on her i dea about goi ng t o school t o
st udy yet . She
woul d wai t unt ' i l t hey got t o know her bet t er . ' r i ght ,
we' l l t r y you
out , ' Bob East man sai d, ' and see how i t goes. ' J ul i a f el t a
sense of
exhi l ar at i on. ' , t hank you! You won' t be - 9 ' t he
sal ar y, ' Max Tol ki n
sai d. ' ' maf r ai d we can' t pay ver y much at t he begi nni ng. '
' ' s al l
r i ght , ' J ul i a sai d. ' . . . ' ' hundr ed a week, ' A] Pet er s
t ql d her . They
wer e r i ght . I t was not much money. J ul i a made a qui ck
deci si on. ' ' l l
t ake i t . ' They l ooked at one anot her and exchanged smi l es.
' ! ' Al Pet er s
sai d. ' me show you ar ound. ' The t our t ook onl y a f ew
seconds. Ther e was
t he l i t t l e r ecept i on r oomand t hr ee smal l of f i ces t hat
l ooked as t hough
t hey had been f ur ni shed by t he Sal vat i on Ar my. The
l avat or y was down t he
hal l . They wer e al l ar chi t ect s, but Al , Pet er s was t he
busi nessman, Bob
East man was t he sal esman, and Max Tol ki n handl ed
const r uct i on. ' ' l l be
wor ki ng f or al l of us, ' Pet er s t ol d her . 121 ' . ' J ul i a
knew she was
goi ng t o make her sel f i ndi spensabl e t o t hem. Al Pet er s
l ooked at hi s
wat ch. ' ' s t wel ve t hi r t y. How about some l unch?' J ul i a
f el t a l i t t l e
t hr i l l . She was par t of t he t eamnow. t hey' r e i nvi t i ng me
t o l unch. He
t ur ned t o J ul i a. ' ' s a del i cat essen down t he bl ock. I ' l l
have a cor ned
beef sandwi ch on r ye wi t h must ar d, pot at o sal ad, and a
Dani sh. ' ' . ' So
much f or ' ' r e i nvi t i ng me t o l unch. ' Tol ki n sai d, ' ' l l
have a past r ami
and some chi cken soup: ' , si r . ' Bob East man spoke, up.
' ' l l have t he pot
r oast pl at t er and a sof t dr i nk. ' ' , make sur e t he cor ned
beef i s l ean, '
Al Pet er s t ol d her . ' cor ned beef . ' Max Tol ki n sai d, '
sur e t hat t he
soup i s hot . ' ' . Soup hot . ' Bob East man sai d, ' my sof t
dr i nk a di et
col a. ' ' col a. ' ' ' s some money. ' Al Pet er s handed her a
t went ydol l ar
bi l l . Ten mi nut es l at er , J ul i a was i n t he del i cat essen,
t al ki ng t o t he
man behi nd t he count er . ' want one l ean cor ned beef
sandwi ch on r ye wi t h
must ar d, pot at o sal ad, and a Dani sh. A past r ami sandwi ch
and ver y 122
hot chi cken soup. And a pot r oast pl at t er and di et col a. ,
he man nodded.
' wor k f or Pet er s, East man, A Tol ki n, huh?' and Sal l y
moved i nt o t he
apar t ment i n Over l and t he f ol l owi ng week.
The apar t ment consi st ed of r o smal l bedr ooms, a l i vi ng
r oomwi t h
f ur ni t ur e t hat ' seen t oo many t enant s, a ki t chenet t e,
di net t e, and a
bat hr oom. 7hey' l l never conf use t hi s pl ace wi t h t he AM,
J ul i a t hought .
" We' l l t ake t ur ns at cooki ng, ' Sal l y suggest ed. ' . ' Sal l y
pr epar ed t he
f i r st meal , and i t was del i ci ous. The next ni ght was
J ul i a' s t ur n.
Sal l y t ook one bi t e of t he di sh t hat J ul i a had made and
sai d, ' , I don' t
have a l ot of l i f e i nsur ance. Why don' t I do t he cooki ng
and you do t he
cl eani ng?' The t wo r oommat es got al ong wel l . On weekends
t hey woul d go
t o see movi es at t he Gl enwood 4, and shop at t he Banni st er
Mal l . They
bought t hei r cl ot hes at t he Super Fl ea Di scount House. One
ni ght a week
t hey went out t o an i nexpensi ve r est aur ant f or di nner -
St ephenson' s Ol d
Appl e Far mor t he caf e Max f or Medi t er r anean speci al t i es.
When t hey
coul d af f or d i t , t hey woul d dr op i n at Char l i e Char l i es t o
hear j azz.
123 J ul i a enj oyed wor ki ng f or Pet er s, East man & Tol ki n. To
say t hat t he
f i r mwas not doi ng wel l was an under st at ement .
Cl i ent s wer e scar ce. J ul i a f el t t hat she wasn' t doi ng much
t o hel p bui l d
t he skyl i ne of t he ci t y, but she enj oyed bei ng ar ound her
t hr ee bosses.
They wer e l i ke a sur r ogat e f ami l y, and each one conf i ded
hi s pr obl ems t o
J ul i a. She was capabl e and ef f i ci ent , and she ver y qui ckl y
r eor gani zed
t he of f i ce. J ul i a deci ded t o do somet hi ng about t he l ack
of cl i ent s. But
what ? She soon had t he answer . Ther e was an i t emi n t he
Kansas Ci t y St ar
about a l uncheon f or a new execut i ve secr et ar y
or gani zat i on. The
chai r per son was Susan Bandy. The f ol l owi ng day, at noon- ,
J ul i a sai d t o
Al Pet er s, ' may be a l i t t l e l at e comi ng back f r oml unch. '
. He smi l ed.
" No pr obl em, J ul i a. ' He t hought how l ucky t hey wer e t o
have her . J ul i a
ar r i ved at t he Pl aza I nn and went t o t he r oomwher e t he
l uncheon was
bei ng gi ven. The woman seat ed at t he t abl e near t he door
sai d, ' I hel p
Your ' . I ' mher e f or t he Execut i ve Women' s l uncheon. ' '
name?' '
St anf or d. ' The woman l ooked at t he l i st i n f r ont of her .
" I ' maf r ai d I don' t see your - ' J ul i a smi l ed. ' ' t t hat
j ust l i ke Susan?
I ' l l have t o 124 have a t al k wi t h her . I ' mt he execut i ve
secr et ar y wi t h
Pet er s, East man, & Tol ki n. ' The woman l ooked uncer t ai n.
" Wel l . . ' ' t wor r y about i t . I ' l l j ust go i n and f i nd , . '
I n t he banquet
r oomwas a gr oup of wel l - dr essed women chat t i ng among
t hemsel ves. J ul i a
appr oached one of t hem. ' one i s Susan Bandy?"
" She' s over t her e. ' She i ndi cat ed, a t al l , st r i ki ng
l ooki ng woman i n her
f or t i es. J ul i a went up t o her . ' . I ' mJ ul i a St anf or d. ' ' . '
' ' mwi t h
Pet er s, East man, & Tol ki n. I ' msur e you' ve hear d of t hem. '
' , I . . . '
' ' r e t he f ast est gr owi ng ar chi t ect ur al f i r mi n Kansas
Ci t y. " 41 see. 1 '
don' t have a l ot of t i me t o spar e, but I woul d l i ke t o
cont r i but e
what ever I can t o t he or gani zat i on. ' ' , t hat ' s ver y ki nd
of you, Mi ss
. . . ' . ' That was t he begi nni ng. The Execut i ve Women' s
or gani zat i on
r epr esent ed most of t he t op f i r ms i n Kansas Ci t y, and i n
no t i me at al l ,
J ul i a was net wor ki ng wi t h t hem. She had l unch wi t h one or
mor e of t he
i ndi vi dual member s at l east once a week.
125 ' company i s goi ng t o put up a new bui l di ng i n
Ol at he. ' And J ul i a
woul d i mmedi at el y r epor t back t o her bosses. @' . Hanl ey
want s t o bui l d
a summer home i n Tonganoxi e. ' And bef or e anyone el se f ound
out about i t ,
Pet er s, East man & Tol ki n had t he j obs. Bob East man cal l ed
J ul i a i n one
day and sai d, ' deser ve a r ai se, J ul i a. You' r e doi ng a
gr eat j ob.
You' r e one hel l of a secr et ar y! ' ' you do me a f avor t
J ul i a asked.
" Sur e. ' ' me an execut i ve secr et ar y. I t wi l l hel p my
cr edi bi l i t y. " Fr om
t i me t o t i me, J ul i a woul d r ead newspaper ar t i cl es about
her f at her , or
wat ch hi mbei ng i nt er vi ewed on t el evi si on. She never
ment i oned hi mt o
Sal l y or t o her empl oyer s. When J ul i a was younger , one of
her daydr eams
had been t hat , l i ke Dor ot hy, she woul d one day be whi sked
away f r om
Kansas t o some beaut i f ul , magi cal pl ace. I t woul d be a
pl ace f i l l ed wi t h
yacht s and pr i vat e pl anes and pal aces. But now, wi t h t he
news of her
f at her ' s deat h, t hat dr eamwas ended f or ever . Wel l i I got
t he Kansas
par t r i ght , she t hought wr yl y. I have nof ami l y l ef t . But I
do, J ul i a
cor r ect ed her sel f . I have t wo hal f br ot her s and a
ha#si st er . They' r ef ami l y.
126 Shoul d I go vi si t t hem? Good i dea? Bad i dea? I wonder
how we
woul df eel about one anot her ? Her deci si on t ur ned out t o be
a mat t er of
l i f e or deat h.
Chapt er Twel ve.
I t was t he gat her i ng of a cl an of st r anger s. I t had been
year s si nce
t hey had seen or communi cat ed wi t h one anot her . J udge
Tyl er St anf or d
ar r i ved i n Bost on by pl ai i e Kendal l St anf or d Renaud f l ew
i n f r omPar i s.
Mar c Renaud t ook t he t r amf r omNew Yor k. Woody St anf or d
and Peggy dr ove
up f r omHobe Sound. The hei r s had been not i l i ed t hat t he
f uner al
ser vi ces woul d t ake pl ace at Ki ng' s Chapel . The st r eet
out si de t he
chur ch was bar r i caded, and t her e wer e pol i cemen t o hol d
back t he cr owd
t hat had gat her ed t o wat ch - t he di gni t ar i es ar r i ve. The
vi ce pr esi dent
of t he Uni t ed St at es was t her e, as wel l as senat or s and
ambassador s and
st at esmen f r omas f ar away as Tur key and Saudi Ar abi a.
Dur i ng hi s
l i f et i me, Har r y St anf or d had cast a l ar ge shadow, and al l
seven hundr ed
seat s i n t he chapel woul d be occupi ed. 128 ' . Tyl er and
Woody and
Kendal l , wi t h t hei r spouses, met i nsi de t he vest r y. I t was
an awkwar d
meet i ng. They wer e al i en t o one anot her , and t he onl y
t hi ng t hey had .
common was t he body of t he man i n t he hear se out si de t he
chur ch. ' i s my
husband, Mar c, ' Kendal l sai d. ' i s my wi f e, Peggy. Peggy,
my si st er ,
Kendal l , . my br ot her , Tyl er . ' Ther e wer e pol i t e exchanges
of hel l os.
They st ood t her e, uncomf or t abl y st udyi ng one anot her ,
unt i l an usher
came up t o t he gr oup. ' me, ' he sai d i n a hushed voi ce. '
ser vi ces ar e
about t o begi n. Woul d you f ol l ow me, pl ease?' He l ed t hem
t o a r eser ved
pew at t he f r ont of t he chapel - They t ook t hei r seat s and
wai t ed, each
pr eoccupi ed wi t h hi s or her own t hought s. I To Tyl er , i t
f el t st r ange t o
be back i n Bost on. The onl y good memor i es he had of i t
wer e when hi s
mot her and Rosemar y wer e al i ve. When he was el even, Tyl er
had seen a
pr i nt of t he f amous Goya pai nt i ng Sat ur n Devour i ng Hi s
Son, and he had
al ways i dent i f i ed i t wi t h hi s f at her . And now, Tyl er ,
l ooki ng over at
hi s f at her ' s cof f i n as i t was car r i ed i nt o t he chur ch by
t he
pal l bear er s, t hought , Sat ur n i s dead. V know your di r t y
l i t t l e secr et . '
The mi ni st er st epped i nt o t he chapel ' s hi st or i c wi negl ass
shaped pul pi t .
- 129 " ' J esus sai d unt o her , I amt he r esur r ect i on and t he
l i f e: he t hat
bel i evet h i n me, t hough he wer e dead, yet shal l he l i ve:
and whosoever
l i vet h and bel i evet h i n me shal l never di e. " ' Woody was
f eel i ng
exhi l ar at ed. He had t aken a hi t of her oi n bef or e comi ng t o
t he chur ch,
and i t had not wor n of f yet . He gl anced over at hi s
br ot her and si st er .
Tyl er has put on wei ght . He l ooks l i ke a j udge. Kendal l
has t ur ned i nt o
a beaut y, but she seems t o be under a st r ai n. I wonder i f
i t ' s because
Fat her di ed? No. She hat edhi mas much as I di d. He l ooked
at hi s wi f e,
seat ed next t o hi m. I msor r y I di dn' t get t o show her of f
t o t he ol d
man. He woul d have di ed of a hear t at t ack. The mi ni st er
was speaki ng.
" ' Li ke as a f at her pi t i et h hi s chi l dr en, so t he Lor d
pi t i et h t hemt hat
f ear hi m. For he knowet h our f r ame; he r emember et h t hat we
ar e dust . " '
Kendal l was not l i st eni ng t o t he ser vi ce. She was t hi nki ng
about t he r ed
dr ess. Her f at her had t el ephoned her i n New Yor k one
af t er noon.
" So you' ve become a bi g- shot desi gner , have you? Wel l ,
l et ' s see how
good you ar e. I ' mt aki ng my new gi r #' r i end t o a char i t y
bal l Sat ur day
ni ght . She' s your si ze. I want you t o desi gn a dr ess f or
her . "
" Sat ur day? I can' t , Fat her . I . . ' ' l l do i t . ' 130 @And she
had desi gned
t he ugl i est dr ess she coul d concei ve of . I t had a l ar ge
bl ack bow i n
f r ont and yar ds of r i bbons and l ace. I t was a monst r osi t y.
She had sent
i t t o her f at her , and he had t el ephoned her agai n. ' got
t he dr ess. By
t he way, my gi r y' r i end can' t make i t Sat ur day, so you' r e
goi ng t o be my
dat e, and you' r e goi ng t o wear t hat dr ess. ' ' And t hen t he
t er r i bl e
phr ase: ' don' t want t o dbgppoi nt me, do yot c?' I And she
had gone, not
dar i ng t o change t he dr ess, and had spent t he most
humi l i at i ng eveni ng
of her l i f e. 4, For we br ought not hi ng i nt o t hi s wor l d, and
i t i s cer t ai n we can car r y not hi ng out . The Lor d gave, and
t he Lor d hat h t aken
away; bl essed be t he name of t he Lor d! " ' Peggy St anf or d was
uncomf or t abl e. She was awed by t he spl endor of t he huge
chur ch and t he
el egant l ooki ng peopl e i n i t . She had never been t o Bost on
bef or e, and t o
her i t meant t he wor l d of St anf or ds, wi t h al l i t s pomp and
gl or y. These
peopl e wer e so much bet t er t han she was. She t ook her
husband' s hand.
" ' Al l f l esh i s gr ass, and al l t he goodl i ness t her eof i s as
t he f l ower of
t he f i el d . . . The gr ass wi t her et h, t he f l ower f adet h; but
t he wor d of
our God shal l st and f or ever . " 131 Mar c was t hi nki ng about
t he bl ackmai l
l et t er t hat hi s wi f e had r ecei ved. I t had been wor ded ver y
car ef ul l y,
ver y cl ever l y. I t woul d be i mpossi bl e t o f i nd out who was
behi nd i t . He
l ooked at Kendal l , seat ed next t o hi m, pal e and t ense. How
much mor e
can she t ake? he wonder ed. He moved cl oser t o her . " ' Unt o
God' s gr aci ous
mer cy and pr ot ect i on we commi t you. The Lor d bl ess you and
keep you.
The Lor d make hi s f ace t o shi ne upon you and be gr aci ous
unt o you. The
Lor d l i f t up t he l i ght of hi s count enance upon you and
gi ve you peace,
now and f or ever . Amen. " ' Wi t h t he ser vi ce f i ni shed, t he
mi ni st er
announced, The bur i al ser vi ces wi l l be pr i vat e - f ami l y
member s onl y. *
Tyl er l ooked at t he cof f i n and t hought about t he body
i nsi de. Last
ni ght , bef or e t he casket was secur ed, he had gone st r ai ght
f r omBost on' s
Logan I nt er nat i onal Ai r por t t o t he vi ewi ng at t he f uner al
home. He
want ed t o see hi s f at her dead. Woody wat ched as t he cof f i n
was car r i ed
out of t he chur ch past t he st ar i ng mour ner s, and he.
smi l ed: Gi ve t he
peopk what t hey want . The gr avesi de cer emony at t he ol d
Mount Aubur n
Cemet er y i n Cambr i dge was br i ef . The f ami l y wat ched Har r y
St anf or d' s
body bei ng l ower ed t o i t s f i nal r est i ng pl ace, and as t he
di r t was bei ng
t hr own ont o t he casket 132 t he mi ni st er sai d, " Ther e' s no
need f or you
t o st ay any l onger i f you don' t wi sh t o. ' Woody nodded.
' . ' The ef f ect
of t he her oi n was begi nni ng t o wear of f , and he was
st ar t i ng t o f eel
- J i t t er y. ' ' s get t he hel l out of her e. ' Mar c sai d, ' ar e
we goi ng?'
Tyl er t ur ned t o t he gr oup. ' ' r e st ayi ng at Rose Hi l l . I t ' s
al l been
ar r anged. , We' l l st ay t her e unt i l t he est at e i s set t l ed. ' '
f ew mi nut es
l at er , t hey wer e i n l i mousi nes on t hei r way t o t he house.
Bost on had a
st r i ct soci al hi er ar chy. The nouveaux r i ches l i ved on
Commonweal t h
Avenue, and t he soci al cl i mber s on Newbur y St r eet .
Less af f l uent ol d f ami l i es l i ved on Mar l bor ough St r eet .
Back Bay was t he
ci t y' s newest and most pr est i gi ous addr ess, but Beacon
Hi l l was st i l l
t he ci t adel f or Bost on' s ol dest and weal t hi est f ami l i es.
I t was a r i ch
mi xt ur e. of Vi ct or i an t ownhouses and br ownst ones, ol d
chur ches and chi d
shoppi ng ar eas. Rose Hi l l , t he St anf or d est at e, was a
beaut i f ul ol d
Vi ct or i an house t hat st ood ami d t hr ee acr es of l and on
Beacon Hi l l . The
house t hat t he St anf or d chi l dr en had gr own- up i n was
f i l l ed wi t h
unpl easant memor i es. When t he l i mousi nes ar r i ved i n f r ont
of t he house,
t he passenger s got out and st ar ed up at t he ol d mansi on. '
can' t bel i eve
Fat her i sn' t goi ng t o be i nsi de, wai t i ng f or us, ' Kendal l
sai d.
133 Woody gr i nned. ' ' s t oo busy t r yi ng t o r un t hi ngs I n
hel l . ' Tyl er
t ook a deep br eat h. ' ' s go. ' As t hey appr oached t he f r ont
door i t
opened, and Cl ar k, t he but l er , st ood t her e. He was i n hi s
sevent i es, a
di gni f i ed, capabl e ser vant who had ' at Rose Hi l l f or mor e
t han t hi r t y
year s. He had wat ched t he chi l dr en gr ow up, and had l i ved
t hr ough al l
t he scandal s. Cl ar k' s f ace l i t up as he saw t he gr oup. '
af t er noon! '
Kendal l gave hi ma war mhug. ' , i f s so good t o see you
agai n- ' ' been a
l ong t i me, Mi ss. Kendal l . ' ' ' s Mr s. Renaud now. Thi s i s my
husband,
Mar c. ' ' do you do, si r ?' " My wi f e has t ol d me a gr eat
deal about you. '
' t oo t er r i bl e I hope, ' si r . ' , t he cont r ar y.
She has onl y f ond memor i es of YOU. ' you, si r . 1 Cl ar k
t ur ned t o Tyl er . '
af t er noon, J udge St anf or d. ' ' , Cl ar k. ' . ' ' s a pl easur e t o
see you, si r . ' ' you. You' r e - l ooki ng ver y wel l . ' ' ar e you,
si r . I ' mso sor r y
about what has happened. ' ' you. Ar e you set up her e t o
t ake car e of al l
of us?' 134 Goh, yes. I t hi nk we can make ever yone
comf or t abl e. ' I i n
my ol d r oom?' Cl ar k smi l ed. ' r i ght . ' He t ur ned t o Woody.
411mpl eased
t o see you, Mr . Woodr ow. I want t o - ' Woody gr abbed
Peggy' s ar m. ' on, '
he sai d cur t l y. ' want t o get f r eshened up. ' The ot her s
wat ched as Woody
pushed past t hem' t ook Peggy upst ai r s. The r est of t he
gr oup wal ked
i nt o t he huge dr awi ng r oom. The r oomwas domi nat ed by a
pai r of massi ve
Loui s XI V ar moi r es.
Scat t er ed ar ound t he r oomwer e a gi l t wood consol e t abl e
wi t h a mol ded
mar bl e t op, and an ar r ay of exqui si t e per i od chai r s and
couches. An ol u
chandel i er hung f r omt he hi gh cei l i ng. On t he wal l s wer e
dar k medi eval
pai nt i ngs. Cl ar k t ur ned t o Tyl er . ' St anf or d, I have a
message f or you.
Mr . Si mon Fi t zger al d woul d l i ke you t o t el ephone hi mt o
t el l hi mwhen i t
woul d be conveni ent t o ar r ange a meet i ng wi t h t he f ami l y. '
' i s Si mon
Fi t zger al dt Mar c asked. Kendal l r epl i ed. ' ' s t he f ami l y
at t or ney. Fat her
has been wi t h hi mf or ever but we' ve never met hi m. ' '
pr esume he want s
t o di scuss t he di sposi t i on of t he est at e, ' Tyl er sai d.
He t ur ned t o t he ot her s. ' i t ' s al l r i ght wi t h al l of you,
I ' l l . ar r ange
f or hi mt o meet us her e t omor r ow mor ni ng. ' ' w; l l be
f i ne, ' Kendal l
sai d. 135 ' chef i s pr epar i ng di nner , ' Cl ar k t ol d
t hem. ' Wi l l ei ght
o' cl ock be sat i sf act or y?' ' , ' Tyl er sai d. ' you. ' ' and
Mi l l i e wi l l show
you t o your r ooms. ' Tyl er t ur ned t o hi s si st er and her
husband. ' ' l l
meet down her e at ei ght , shal l we?' As Woody and Peggy
ent er ed t hei r
bedr oomupst ai r s, Peggy asked, ' you al l r i ght ?' ' ' m
f i ne, ' Woody
snapped. ' me al one. ' She wat ched hi mgo i nt o t he bat hr oom
and sl amt he
door shut . She st ood t her e, wai t i ng.
Ten mi nut es l at er , Woody came out . He was smi l i ng. ' ,
baby. ' ' . "
" Wel l , how do you l i ke t he ol d house?' ' ' s . . . i t ' s
enor mous. ' ' ' s a
monst r osi t y. ' He wal ked over t o t he bed and put hi s ar ms
ar ound Peggy.
" Thi s i s my ol d r oom. These wal l s wer e cover ed wi t h spor t s
post er s - t he
Br ui ns, t he Cel t i cs, t he Red Sox. I want ed t o be an
at hl et e. I had bi g
dr eams. I n my seni or year i n boar di ng school , I was
capt ai n of t he
f oot bal l t eam. I got of f er s of admi ssi on f r omhal f a dozen
col l ege
coaches. ' ' one di d you t ake?' He shook hi s head. ' of
t hem. My f at her
sai d t hey wer e onl y i nt er est ed i n t he St anf or d name, t hat
t hey j ust
want ed money f r omhi m. He sent me t o an engi neer i ng school
wher e t hey
di dn' t pl ay f oot bal l . ' 136 He was si l ent f or a moment .
Then he mumbl ed,
' coul d' a been a cont enda . . She l ooked at hi mpuzzl ed.
" Whaf f He l ooked up. ' ' t you ever see On t he Wat er f r ont ?'
6NO. t ' was a
l i ne t hat Mar l on Br ando sai d. I t means we bot h got
scr ewed. ' ' f at her
must have been t oui h. ' Woody gave a shor t , der i si ve l augh.
" That ' s t he ni cest t hi ng anyone has ever sai d about hi m. I
r emember when
I was j ust a ki d, I f el l of f a hor se. I want ed t o get back
on and r i de
agai n. My f at her woul dn' t l et I ne. . You' l l never be a
r i der , " he sai d.
" You' r e t oo cl umsy. " ' Woody l ooked up at her . ' ' s why I
became a
ni ne- goal pol o pl ayer . ' They came t oget her at t he di nner
t abl e, , st r anger s t o one anot her , seat ed i n an
uncomf or t abl e si l ence,
t hei r onl y connect i on chi l dhood t r aumas. Kendal l l ooked
ar ound t he r oom.
Ter r i bl e memor i es mi ngl ed wi t h an appr eci at i on f or i t s
beaut y. The
di ni ng t abl e was cl assi cal Fr ench, an ear l y Loui s XV,
sur r ounded by
Di r ect oi r e wal nut chai r s. I n one comer was a
bl ue- and- cr eam. pai nt ed .
Fr ench pr ovi nci al comer ar moi r e. On t he wal l s wer e
dr awi ngs by Wat t eau
and Fr agonar d. Kendal l t ur ned t o Tyl er . ' r ead about your
deci si on i n
t he Ror el l o case. He deser ved what you gave hi m. ' 137 '
must be exci t i ng
bei ng a j udge, ' Peggy sai d. ' i t i s. ' ' ki nd of cases do
you handl et
Mar c i nqui r ed. ' cases - r apes, dr ugs, mur der . ' Kendal l
t ur ned pal e and
st ar t ed t o say somet hi ng, and Mar c gr abbed her hand and
squeezed i t as a
war ni ng. Tyl er sai d pol i t el y t o Kendal l , ' ' ve become a
successf ul
desi gner . ' Kendal l was f i ndi ng i t har d t o br eat he. ' . ' '
f ant ast i c, '
Mar c sai d. ' Mar c, what do you do?' ' ' mwi t h a br oker age
house. ' ' ,
you' r e one of t hose young Wal l St r eet mi l l i onai r es. ' ' ,
not exact l y,
j udge. I ' mr eal l y j ust get t i ng st ar t ed. ' Tyl er gave Mar c a
pat r oni zi ng
l ook. ' guess i t ' s l ucky you have a successf ul wi f e. '
Kendal l bl ushed
and whi sper ed i n Mar c' s ear , ' no at t ent i on. Remember I
l ove you. ' Woody
was begi nni ng' t o f eel t he ef f ect of t he dr ug. He t ur ned t o
l ook at hi s
wi f e.
" Peggy coul d use some decent cl ot hes, ' he sai d. ' she
doesn' t car e how
she l ooks. ' Do you, angel t Peggy sat t her e, embar r assed,
not knowi ng what
t o say. ' a l i t t l e wai t r ess cost ume?' Woody suggest ed. 138
sai d, ' me. '
She got up f r omt he t abl e Red upst ai r s. They wer e al l
st ar i ng at Woody.
He gr i nned. ' ' s over sensi t i ve. So, we' r e havi ng a
di scussi on about t he
wi l l t omor r ow, eh?' ' ' s r i ght , ' Tyl er sai d.
" I ' l l make you a bet t he ol d man di dn' t l eave us one
di me. ' Mar c sai d,
" But t her e' s so much money i n t he A*at e . . Woody snor t ed.
' di dn' t know
our f at her . He pr obabl y l ef t us hi s ol d j acket s and a box
of ci gar s. He
l i ked t o use hi s money t o cont r ol us. Hi s f avor i t e, l i ne
was I I You
don' t want t o di sappoi nt me, do yot c? " And we al l behaved
l i ke good
l i t t l e chi l dr en because, as you sai d, t her e was so much
money.
Wel l , I ' l l bet t he ol d man f ound a way t o t ake i t wi t h
hi m. ' Tyl er sai d,
" We' l l know t omor r ow, won' t we?' Ear l y t he f ol l owi ng
mor ni ng, Si mon
Fi t zger al d and St eve Sl oane ar r i ved. Cl ar k escor t ed t hem
i nt o t he
l i br ar y. ' ' l l i nf or mt he f ami l y t hat you' r e her e, ' he sai d.
' you. " They
wat ched hi ml eave. The l i br ar y was huge and opened ont o a
gar den t hr ough
t wo l ar ge Fr ench door s. The r oomwas panel ed i n
dar k- st ai ned oak, and
t he wal l s wer e l i ned wi t h bookcases f i l l ed wi t h handsome
l eat her - bound
vol umes. Ther e was a scat t er i ng of comf or t abl e chai r s and
I t al i an
r eadi ng l amps. I n one comer st ood a 139 cust omi zed
bevel ed- gl ass and
or mol u- mount ed mahogany cabi net t hat di spl ayed Har r y
St anf or d' s envi abl e
gun col l ect i on. Speci al dr awer s had been desi gned beneat h
t he di spl ay
case t o house t he ammuni t i on. ' ' s goi ng t o be an
i nt er est i ng mor ni ng, '
St eve sai d. ' wonder how t hey' r e goi ng t o r eact . ' ' ' l l
f i nd out soon
enough. ' Kendal l and Mar c came i nt o t he r oomf i r st . Si mon
Fi t zger al d
sai d, " Good mor ni ng. I ' mSi mon Fi t zger al d. Thi s i s my
associ at e, St eve
Sl oane. ' ' ' mKendal l Renaud, and t hi s i s my husband,
Mar c. ' The men
shook hands. Woody and Peggy ent er ed t he r oom. Kendal l
sai d, ' , t hi s i s
Mr . Fi t zger al d and Mr . Sl oane. ' Woody nodded. ' .
Di d you br i ng t he cash wi t h YOUT ' , we r eal l y . . . ' ' ' m
onl y ki ddi ng!
Thi s i s my wi f e, Peggy. ' Woody l ooked at St eve. ' t he ol d
man l eave me
anyt hi ng or . . . T Tyl er ent er ed t he r oom. ' mor ni ng. ' '
St anf or dt - ' . '
' ' mSi mon Fi t zger al d, and t hi s i s St eve Sl oane, my
associ at e. I t was
St eve who ar r anged t o have your f at her ' s body br ought back
f r om
Cor si ca. ' Tyl er t ur ned t o St eve. ' appr eci at e t hat . We' r e
not 140 what
happened exact l y. The pr ess has had so many di f f er ent
ver si ons of t he
st or y. Was t her e f oul @' . `pl ay i nvol ved?' 7. ' . I t seems
t o have been an
acci dent . Your f at her ' s was caught i n a t er r i bl e st or mof f
t he coast of
_@Xor si ca. Accor di ng t o a deposi t i on f r omDmi t r i Kamv- 1 y,
hi s
bodyguar d, your f at her was st andi ng on t he out si de ver anda
of hi s cabi n
and t he wi nd bl ew some Oaper s out of hi s hand. He r eached
i or t hem, l ost
hi s R@bal ance and f el l over boar d. By t he t i me t hey
r ecover ed Wbody, i t
was t oo l at e. ' ' a hor r i bl e way t o di e. ' Kendal l
shudder ed.
" Di d you t al k t o t hi s Kami nsky per son?' Tyl er asked. ' , no.
By t he t i me I ar r i ved i n Cor si ca, he had l ef t . ' Fi t zger al d
sai d, '
capt ai n of t he yacht had advi sed your f at her not t o sai l
i nt o t hat
st or m, but f or he was i n a hur r y t o r et ur n her e. He had
some r eason
ar r anged f or a hel i copt er t o br i ng hi mback. Ther e was
some ki nd of
ur gent pr obl em- ' Tyl er asked, ' you know what t he pr obl em
wast back
her e. ' . I cut shor t my vacat i on t o meet hi m1 don' t know
what Woody
i nt er r upt ed. ' ' s al l ver y i nt er est i ng, but i t ' s anci ent
hi st or y, i sn' t
i t ? Let ' s t al k about t he wi l l . Di d he l eave us anyt hi ng or
not t Hi s
hands wer e t wi t chi ng. ' don' t we si t down?' Tyl er
suggest ed. They t ook
chai r s. Si mon Fi t zger al d sat at t he desk, 141 f aci ng t hem.
He opened a
br i ef case and st ar t ed t o t ake out some paper s. Woody was
r eady t o
expl ode. ' ? For God' s sake, di d he or di dn' t het Kendal l
sai d, Woody
. . . ' ' know t he answer , ' Woody sai d angr i l y. ' di dn' t l eave
us a damn
cent . ' Fi t zger al d l ooked i nt o t he f aces of t he chi l dr en of
Har r y
St anf or d. ' a mat t er of f act , ' he sai d, ' of you wi l l
shar e equal l y i n
t he est at e. ' St eve coul d f eel t he sudden euphor i a t hat
swept t hr ough t he
r oom. Woody was st ar i ng at Fi t zger al d, openni out hed. ' ?
Ar e you ser i ousr Hej umped t o hi s f eet . ' ' s f ant ast i c! ' He
t ur ned t o t he
ot her s. ' you hear t hat ? The ol d bast ar d f i nal l y came
t hr ough! " He
l ooked at Si mon Fi t zger al d. ' much money ar e we t al ki ng
abouf f ' don' t
have t he exact f i gur e. Accor di ng t o t he l at est i ssue of
For bes magazi ne,
St anf or d Ent er pr i ses i s wor t h si x bi l l i on dol l ar s. Most of
i t i s
i nvest ed i n var i ous cor por at i ons, but t her e i s r oughl y
f our hundr ed
mi l l i on dol l ar s avai l abl e i n l i qui d asset s. ' Kendal l was
l i st eni ng,
st unned. ' ' s mor e t han a hundr ed mi l l i on dol l ar s f or each
of us. I can' t
bel i eve i t ! ' Fmf r ee, she t hought . I can pay t hemof f and
be r i d of
t hemf or ever . She l ooked at Mar c, her @ace shi ni ng, and
squeezed hi s
hand. ' , ' Mar c sai d. He knew mor e t han 142 1. 1be ot her s
what t he money
woul d mean. Si mon Fi t zger al d spoke up. ' you know,
ni net y- ni ne per cent of
t he shar es i n St anf or d Ent er pr i ses was hel d by your
f at her . So t hose
shar es wi l l be di vi ded . among you. Al so, now t hat hi s
f at her i s
deceased, J udge St anf or d owns out r i ght t hat ot her one
per cent t hat had
been hel d i n t r ust . Of cour se, t her e wi l l be cer t ai n
f or mal i t i es.
Fur t her mor e, I shoul d i nf or myou t hat t her e i s a
possi bi l i t y of anot her
hei r bei ng i nvol ved. ' ' hei r t Tyl er asked.
" Your f at her ' s wi l l speci f i cal l y pr ovi des t hat t he est at e
i s t o be
di vi ded equal l y among hi s i ssue. ' Peggy l ooked puzzl ed. '
. . . what do
you mean by i ssuet Tyl er spoke up. ' - bor n descendant s and
l egal l y
adopt ed descendant s. ' Fi t zger al d nodded. ' i s cor r ect . Any
descendant
bor n out of wedl ock i s deemed a descendant of t he mot her
and t he f at her ,
whose pr ot ect i on i s est abl i shed under t he l aw of t he
j ur i sdi ct i on. ? , -
' ar e you sayi ng?' Woody - asked i mpat i ent l y. ' ' msayi ng
t hat t her e may
be' anot her cl ai mant . ' Kendal l l ooked at hi m. ' Si mon
Fi t zger al d
hesi t at ed. Ther e was no way t o be t act f ul . ' ' msur e t hat
you ar e al l
awar e of t he f act t hat a number of year s ago, your f at her
si r ed a chi l d
by a gover ness who wor ked her e. ' ' Nel son, " Tyl er sai d.
143 ' . Her
daught er was bor n at St . J oseph' s Hospi t al i n- Mi l waukee.
She named her
J ul i a. ' The r oomwas t hi ck wi t h si l ence. " Hey! " Woody
excl ai med. ' was
t went y- f i ve year s ago- P ' - si x, t o be exact . , Kendal l
asked, ' anyone
know wher e she i s?' Si mon Fi t zger al d coul d hear Har r y
St anf or d' s voi ce:
' wr ot e t o t el l me t hat i t was a gi r l . Wel l , i f she t hi nks
she' s goi ng t o
get a di r ne out of me, she can go t o hel l . ' ' , ' Fi t zger al d
sai d sl owl y.
' one knows wher e she i s. "
" Then what t he hel l ar e we t al ki ng about ?' Woody demanded.
' j ust want ed
al l of you t o be awar e t hat i f she does appear , she wi l l
be ent i t l ed t o
an equal shar e of t he est at e. ' ' don' t t hi nk we have
anyt hi ng t o wor r y
about , ' Woody sai d conf i dent l y. ' pr obabl y never even knew
who her
f at her was. ' Tyl er t ur ned t o Si mon Fi t zger al d. ' say you
don' t know t he
exact amount of t he est at e. May I ask why not ?"
" Because our f i r mhandl es onl y your f at her ' s per sonal
af f ai r s. Hi s
cor por at e af f ai r s ar e r epr esent ed by t wo ot her l aw f i r ms.
I ' ve been i n
t ouch wi t h t hemand have asked t hemt o pr epar e f i nanci al
st at ement s as
soon as possi bl e. ' ' ki nd of t i me f r ame ar e we t al ki ng
about t 144 @' p
Xendal l asked anxi ousl y. We wi l l need $100. 000 i mmedi at el y
t o cover our
expenses. ' t wo t o t hr ee mont hs. ' Mar c saw t he
const er nat i on on hi s
wi f e' s f ace. He Wr ned t o Fi t zger al d. ' ' t t her e some way t o
hur r y
, . , t hi ngs al ong?' St eve Sl oane answer ed. ' ' maf r ai d not .
The wi l l has i o
go t hr ough pr obat e cour t , and t hei r cal endar i s r at her
heavy r i ght now. '
' i s a pr obat e cour t ?' Peggy asked. ' i s f r omt he past
par t i ci pl e of
pr obar e - t o pr ove. i t ' s t he act of - ' ' di dn' t ask you
f or a damned
Engl i sh l esson! ' Woody expl oded. ' can' t we j ust wr ap
t hi ngs up no Tyl er
t ur ned t o hi s br ot her . ' l aw doesn' t wor k t hat way. When
t her e' s a
deat h, t he wi l l has t o be f i l ed i n t he pr obat e cour t .
Ther e has t o be an
appr ai sal of al l asset s - r eal est at e, cl osel y hel d
cor por at i ons, cash,
j ewel r y - t hen an i nvent or y has t o be pr epar ed and f i l ed
i n t he cour t .
Taxes have t o be t aken car e of , and speci f i c bequest s
pai d. Af t er t hat , -
a pet i t i on i s f i l ed f or per mi ssi on t o di st r i but e t he
bal ance of t he
est at e t o t he benef i ci ar i es. ' Woody gr i nned, ' t he hel l .
I ' ve wai t ed
al most f or t y year s t o be a mi l l i onai r e. I guess I can wai t
anot her mont h
or t wo. ' Si mon Fi t zger al d st ood up. ' f r omyour f at her ' s
bequest s t o
you, t her e ar e some mi nor gi f t s, 145 but t hey don' t af f ect
t he bul k of
t he est at e. " Fi t zger al d l ooked ar ound t he r oom. ' , i f
t her e' s not hi ng
el se . .
Tyl er r ose. ' t hi nk not . Thank you, Mr . Fi t zger al d, Mr .
Sl oane. I f t her e
ar e any pr obl ems, we' l l be i n t ouch. ' Fi t zger al d nodded t o
t he gr oup.
%adi es and gent l emen. ' He t ur ned and went t owar d t he door ,
St eve Sl oane
f ol l owi ng hi m. Out si de, i n t he dr i veway, Si mon Fi t zger al d
t ur ned t o
St eve. ' , now you' ve met t he f ami l y. What do you t hi nk?' '
was mor e l i ke
a cel ebr at i on t han a mour ni ng. I ' mpuzzl ed by somet hi ng,
Si mon. I f t hei r
f at her hat ed t hemas much as t hey seemt o hat e hi m, why
di d he l eave
t hemal l t hat money?' Si mon Fi t zger al d shr ugged. ' ' s
somet hi ng we' l l
never know. Maybe t hat ' s why he was comi ng t o see me, t o
l eave t he money
t o someone el se. ' None of t he gr oup was abl e t o sl eep t hat
ni ght - , each
l ost i n hi s or her own t hought s. Tyl er was t hi nki ng, I t ' s
happened. I t ' s
r eal l y happenedl I can af f or d t o gi ve Lee t he wor l d
Anyt hi ng!
Ever yt hi ng! Kendal l was t hi nki ng, As soon as I get t he
money, r u f i nd a
way t o buy t hemof f per manent l y, and I ' l l make sur e t hey
never bot her me
agai n. Woody was t hi nki ng, I ' mgoi ng t o have t he best
st r i ng 146 of pol o
poni es i n t he wor l d. No mor e bor r owi ng ot her peopl e' s
poni es. r mgoi ng
t o be t en goal s! He gl anced over at Peggy, sl eepi ng at hi s
si de.
Thef i r st t hi ng I ' l l do i s get r i d of t hi s st upi d bi t ch.
Then he t hought ,
No, I can' t do t hat . . . He got out of bed and went i nt o
t he bat hr oom.
When he came out , he was f eel i ng wonder f ul . The at mospher e
at br eakf ast
t he next mor ni ng was exuber ant . ' , ' Woody sai d happi l y, '
suppose al l of
you have been maki ng pl ans. ' Mar c shr ugged. ' does one
pl an f or
somet hi ng l i ke t hi s? I t i s an unbel i evabl e amount of
money. ' Tyl er
l ooked up. ' ' s cer t ai nl y goi ng t o change al l ur l i ve. .
Woody nodded. ' bast ar d shoul d have gi ven i t t o us whi l e
he was al i ve,
so we coul d have enj oyed i t t hen. I f i t ' s not i mpol i t e t o
hat e t he dead,
I have t o t el l you somet hi ng . . . ' Kendal l sai d
r epr oachf ul l y, " Woody
. . . ' ' , l et ' s not be hypocr i t es. - We al l despi sed hi m, and
he deser ved
i t . J ust l ook what he t r i ed t o - ' Cl ar k came i nt o t he
r oom. He st ood
t her e, apol oget i cal l y, ' me, ' he sai d. - ' i s a Mi ss. J ul i a
St anf or d at
t he door . "
Chapt er Thi r t een.
J ul i a St anf or dp' They st ar ed at one anot her , f r ozen. '
hel l she i s! "
Woody expl oded. Tyl er sai d qui ckl y, ' suggest we adj our n
t o t he
l i br ar y. ' He t ur ned t o Cl ar k. ' Woul d you send t he young l ady
i n t her e,
pl easet ' , si r . ' She st ood i n t he door way, l ooki ng at each
of t hem,
obvi ousl y i l l at ease. ' . . . I pr obabl y shoul dn' t have
come, ' she sai d.
" You' r e damn r i ght ! ' Woody sai d. ' t he hel l ar e YOUT ' ' m
J ul i a
St anf or d. ' She was, al most st ammer i ng i n her ner vousness.
' . I mean who
ar e you r eal l y?' She st ar t ed t o say somet hi ng, t hen shook
her head.
" I . . . My mot her was Rosemar y Nel son. Har r y St anf or d was
my f at her . ' The
gr oup l ooked at one anot her . ' you have any pr oof of t hat
Tyl er asked.
151 She swal l owed. ' don' t t hi nk I have any r eal pr oof . ' '
cour se you
don' t , ' Woody snapped. ' do you have t he ner ve t o - T
Kendal l
i nt er r upt ed. ' i s r at her a shock t o al l of us, as you can
i magi ne. I f
what you' r e sayi ng i s t r ue, t hen you' r e . . . you' r e our
hal f si st er . '
J ul i a nodded. ' ' r e Kendal l . ' She t ur ned t o Tyl er . ' ' r e
Tyl er . ' She t ur ned
t o Woody. ' you' r e Woodr ow. They cal l you Woody. "
" As Peopl e Magazi ne coul d have t ol d you, ' Woody sai d
sar cast i cal l y.
Tyl er spoke up. ' ' msur d you can under st and our posi t i on,
Mi ss . . . er
. . . Wi t hout some posi t i ve pr oof , t her e' s no way we coul d
possi bl y accept
. . . ' ' under st and. ' She l ooked ar ound ner vousl y. 41 don' t
know why I
came her e. ' ' , I t hi nk you do, ' Woody sai d. ' ' s cal l ed
money. ' ' ' mnot
i nt er est ed i n t he money, ' she sai d i ndi gnant l y. ' t r ut h i s
t hat I . . . I
came her e hopi ng t o meet my f ami l y: v Kendal l was st udyi ng
her . ' i s
your mot her t ' passed away. When I r ead t hat our f at her
di ed . . '
deci ded t o l ook us up, ' Woody sai d mocki ngl y.
Tyl er spoke. ' say you have no l egal pr oof of who you
ar e. ' ' 9l . . . I
suppose not . I di dn' t even t hi nk about 152 t . But t her e
ar e t hi ngs. I
coul dn' t possi bl y know about unl ess I had hear d t hemf r om
my mot her . ' '
exampl et Mar c sai d. She st opped t o t hi nk. ' r emember my
mot her used t o
t al k about 4 gr eenhouse i n t he back. She l oved pl ant s and
f l ower s, and
she woul d spend hour s t her e. ' Woody spoke up. ' of t hat
gr eenhouse wer e
i n a l ot of magazi nes. ' ' el se di d your mot her t el l yo@! '
Tyl er asked.
' , t her e wer e so many t hi ngs! She l oved t o t al k about al l
of you and t he
good t i mes you used t o have. ' She t hou t f or a moment . '
was t he day s -
gh he t ook you on t he swan boat s when you wer e ver y young.
One of you
al most f el l over boar d. I don' t r emember whi ch one. ' Woody
and Kendal l
l ooked over at Tyl er . ' was t he one, ' he sai d. ' t ook you
shoppi ng at
Fi l ene' s. One of you got l ost , and ever yone was i n a
pani c. ' Kendal l
sai d sl owl y, ' got l ost t hat day. ' ' ? What el set Tyl er ,
asked. ' t ook
you t o t he Uni on Oyst er House and you t ast ed yo@r f i r st
oyst er and got
si ck. ' ' r emember t hat . " They st ar ed at each ot her ,
si l ent . She l ooked
at Woody. ' and Mot her went t o t he Char l est own Navy Yar d
t o see t he USS
Const i t ut i on, and you woul dn' t l eave. She had t o dr ag you
away. ' She
t ur ned t o Kendal l . ' i n t he Publ i c 153 Gar den one day, you
pi cked some
f l ower s and wer e al most ar r est ed. ' Kendal l swal l owed. ' ' s
r i ght ! They
wer e al l l i st eni ng t o her i nt ent l y now, f asci nat ed. ' day,
Mot her t ook
al l of you t o t he Nat ur al Hi st or y museum, and you wer e
t er r i f i ed of t he
mast odon and sea ser pent skel et on. ' Kendal l sai d sl owl y, '
of us sl ept
t hat ni ght . ' J ul i a t ur ned t o Woody. ' Chr i st mas, she t ook
you skat i ng.
You f el l down and br oke a t oot h. When you wer e seven year s
ol d, you f el l
out of a t r ee and had t o have your l eg st i t ched up. You
had a scar . '
Woody sai d r el uct ant l y, ' st i l l do. ' , She t ur ned t o t he
ot her s.
" One of you was bi t t en by a dog. I f or got whi ch one. My
mot her r ushed
you t o t he emer gency r oomat Massachuset t s Gener al . ' Tyl er
nodded. ' had
t o have- shot s agai nst r abi es. ' Her wor ds wer e comi ng out
i n a t or r ent
now. ' , when you wer e ei ght year s ol d, you r an away. You
wer e goi ng t o
Hol l ywood t o become an act or . Your f at her was f ur i ous wi t h
you. He made
you go t o your r oomwi t hout - di nner . Mot her sneaked some
f ood up t o your
r oom. ' Woody nodded, si l ent . ' . . . I don' t know what el se
I can t el l
you. I . . . She suddenl y r emember ed somet hi ng. ' have a
phot ogr aph i n my
pur se. ' She opened her pur se and t ook i t out . She handed
t he pi ct ur e t o
Kendal l . 154 They al l gat her ed ar ound t o l ook at i t . I t
was a pi ct ur e of
t he t hr ee of t hemwhen t hey wer e chi l dr en, st andi ng next
t o an
at t r act i ve young woman i n a gover ness' s uni f or m.
" Mot her gave me t hat . ' Tyl er asked, ' she l eave you
anyt hi ng el se?" She
shook her head. ' . I ' msor r y. She di dn' t want anyt hi ng
ar ound t hat
r emi nded. her of Har r y St anf or d. ' ' you, of cour se, ' Woody
sai d.
She t ur ned t o hi m, def i ant l y. ' don' t car e whet her you
bel i eve me or
not . You don' t under st and . . . I . . . I was so hopi ng - '
Sl i d, br oke of f .
Tyl er spoke. ' my si st er sai d, your sudden appear ance i s
r at her a shock
f or us. I mean . . . someone appear i ng out of nowher e and
cl ai mi ngt o be a
member of t he f ami l y . . . you can see our pr obl em. I t hi nk
we need a
l i t t l e t i me t o di scuss t hi s. ' ' cour se, I under st and. ' '
ar e you
st ayi ng?, ' t he Tr emont House. ' ' don' t you go back
t her e, ? We' l l have a
car t ake you. And we' l l be i n t ouch shor t l y. ' She nodded.
' r i ght . ' She
l ooked at each of t hemf or a moment , and t hen sai d sof t l y,
" No mat t er
what you t hi nk - you' r e my f ami l y. ' ' ' l l wal k you t o t he
door , ' Kendal l
sai d. She smi l ed. ' ' s al l r i ght . I can f i nd my own way. I
f eel as- i f I
know ever y i nch of t hi s house. ' 155 They wat ched her t ur n
and wal k out
of t he r oom. Kendal l sai d, ' Wel l l I t . . . i t l ooks as t hough
we have a
si st er . ' 11 don' t bel i eve i t , ' Woody r et or t ed. ' seems t o
me . . . ' Mar c
began. They wer e - al l t al ki ng at once. Tyl er r ai sed a
hand. ' i sn' t
get t i ng us anywher e. Let ' s l ook at t hi s l ogi cal l y. I n a
sense, t hi s
per son i s on t r i al her e and we' r e her j ur or s. I t ' s up t o
us t o det er mi ne
her i nnocence or gui l t . I n a j ur y t r i al , t he deci si on must
be unani mous.
We must al l agr ee. ' Woody nodded.
" Ri ght . ' Tyl er sai d, ' I woul d l i ke t o cast t he f i r st
vot e. I t hi nk t he
l ady i s a f r aud! ' f r aud? How can she be?' Kendal l
demanded. ' coul dn' t
possi bl y know al l t hose i nt i mat e det ai l s about us i f she
wer en' t r eal . '
Tyl er t ur ned t o her . ' how many ser vant s wor ked i n t hi s
house when we
wer e chi l dr ent Kendal l l ooked at hi m, puzzl ed.
" Why?' ' , r i ght ? And some - of t hemwoul d have known
ever yt hi ng t hi s
young l ady t ol d us. Over t he year s, t her e have been mai ds,
chauf f eur s,
but l er s, chef s. Any one of t hemcoul d have gi ven her t hat
phot ogr aph as
wel l . ' ' mean . . . she coul d be i n l eague wi t h someone?2
" One or mor e, '
Tyl er sai d. ' ' s not f or get t hat t her e' s an enor mous amount
of money
i nvol ved. ' 156 ' says she doesn' t want t he money.
Mar c r emi nded t hem. Woody nodded. ' , t hat ' s what she
says. ' He l ooked at
Tyl er . " But how do we pr ove she' s a f ake? Ther e' s no way
t hat - ' i s a
way, ' Tyl er sai d t hought f ul l y. They al l t ur ned t o hi m.
" How?' Mar c asked. ' ' l l , , have t he answer f or you
t om6r r ow. ' Si mon
Fi t zger al d sai d sl owl y, ' you sayi ng t hat J ul i a St anf or d
has appear ed
af t er al l t hese year st - ' woman who cl ai ms she' s J ul i a
St anf or d has
appear ed. ' Tyl er cor r ect ed hi m. ' you don' t bel i eve her t
St eve asked.
" Absol ut el y not . The onl y so- cal l ed - pr oof of her i dent i t y
t hat she
of f er ed wer e some i nci dent s f r omour chi l dhood t hat at
l east a dozen
f or mer empl oyees coul d have been awar e of and an ol d
phot ogr aph t hat
r eal l y doesn' t pr ove a t hi ng. She coul d be i n l eague wi t h
any one of
t hem. I i nt end t o pr ove she' s a f r aud. ' St eve f r owned. '
do you. pr opose
t o do t hat ?' ' I t s ve I ' r y si mpl e. I want a DNA t est
done. ' St eve
Sl oane was sur pr i sed. ' woul d mean exhumi ng your f at her ' s
body. ' ' . '
Tyl er t ur ned t o Si mon Fi t zger al d. ' t hat be a pr obl emt '
t he
ci r cumst ances, I coul d pr obabl y obt ai n an exhumat i on
or der . Has she
agr eed t o t hi s t est ?' 157 ' haven' t asked her yet . I f she
r ef uses, i t ' s
an af f i r mat i on t hat she' s af r ai d of t he r esul t s! He
hesi t at ed. ' have t o
conf ess t hat I don' t l i ke doi ng t hi s. But I t hi nk i t ' s t he
onl y way we
can det er mi ne t he t r ut h. ' Fi t zger al d was t hought f ul f or a
moment . ' Ver y
wel l . ' He t ur ned t o St eve, ' you handl e t hi st ' c9ur se. '
He l ooked at
Tyl er . ' ' r e pr obabl y f ami l i ar wi t h t he pr ocedur e. The next
of ki n - i n
t hi s case, any of t he deceased' s chi l dr en - has t o apvl y
t o t he
cor oner ' s of f i ce f or an exhumat i on per mi t . You' l l have t o
t el l t hemt he
r eason f or t he r equest . I f i t ' s appr oved, t he cor oner ' s
of f i ce wi l l
cont act t he f uner al home and gi ve t hemper mi ssi on t o go
ahead. Someone
f r omt he cor onees of f i ce has t o be pr esent at t he
exhumat i on! ' l ong
wi l l t hi s t ake?' Tyl er asked. ' ' d say t hr ee or f our days
t o get an
appr oval . Today i s Wednesday. We shoul d be abl e t o exhume
t he body on
Monday. ' ' ! Tyl er hesi t at ed. ' ' r e goi ng t o need. a DNA
exper t , someone
who wi l l be convi nci ng i n a cour t r oom, i f i t ever goes
t hat f ar . I was
hopi ng you mi ght know someone! . St eve sai d, J know j ust
t he man. Hi s
name i s Per r y Wi nger .
He' s her e i n Bost on. He' s gi ven exper t t est i mony i n t r i al s
al l over t he
count r y. I ' l l cal l hi m. ' ' ' d appr eci at e i t . The sooner we
get t hi s over
wi t h, t he bet t er i t wi l l be f or al l of us! 158 - t en
O' cl ock t he
f ol l owi ng mor ni ng, Tyl er wal ked t o t he Rose Hi l l l i br ar y,
wher e Woody,
Peggy, Kendal l and Mar c wer e wai t i ng. At Tyl er ' s si de was
a st r anger . 61
want you t o meet Per r y Wi nger , ' Tyl er sai d. ' i s het woody
asked.
" He' s our DNA exper t . ' Kendal l l ooked at Tyl er . ' i n t he
wor l d do we
need a DNA exper t f or t Tyl er sai d, ' pr ove t hat t hi s
st r anger , who so
conveni ent l y appear ed out of nowher e, i s an i mpost or . I
have no
i nt ent i on of l et t i ng her get away wi t h t hi s. ' 6you@r e
goi ng t o di g t he
ol d man upon' Woody asked. ' ' s r i ght . I have our at t or neys
wor ki ng on t he
exhumat i on or der now. I f t he woman i s our hal f si st er , t he
DNA wi l l
pr ove i t . I f she' s not - i t wi l l pr ove t hat , t oo. Mar c
sai d, ' ' maf r ai d
I don' t under st and about t hi s DNA. ' Per r y Wi nger cl ear ed
hi s t hr oat .
" Si mpl y put , deoxyr i bonucl ei c aci d - or DNA - i s t he
mol ecul e of
her edi t y. I t cont ai ns each i ndi vi dual ' s uni que genet i c
code. , i t be
ext r act ed f r omt r aces of bl ood, semen, sal i va, hai r r oot s,
and even
bone. Tr aces of i t can l ast i n a cor pse f or mor e t han
f i f t y year s. ' '
see. So i t i s r eal l y qui t e si mpl e, ' Mar c sai d. Per r y
Wi nger f r owned.
" Bel i eve me, i t i s not . Ther e ar e t wo t ypes of DNA
t est i ng. A PCR t est ,
whi ch t akes t hr ee days t o get r esul t s, and t he mor e
compl ex RFLP 159
t est , whi ch t akes si x t o ei ght weeks. For our pur poses,
t he si mpl er t est
wi l l be suf f i ci ent . ' ' do you do t he t est ?' Kendal l asked.
' ar e sever al
st eps. Fi r st , t he sampl e i s col l ect ed and t he DNA i s cut
i nt o f r agment s.
The f r agment s ar e sor t ed by l engt h by pl aci ng t hemon a
bed of gel and
appl yi ng an el ect r i c cur r ent . The DNA, whi ch i s negat i vel y
char ged,
moves t owar d t he posi t i ve and, sever al hour s l at er , t he
f r agment s have
ar r anged t hemsel ves by l engt h. ' He was j ust get t i ng war med
up. '
chemi cal s ar e used t o spl i t t he DNA f r agment s apar t , t hen
t he f r agment s
ar e t r ansf er r ed t o a nyl on sheet , whi ch i s i mmer sed i n a
bat h, and
r adi oact i ve pr obes - ' The eyes of hi s l i st ener s wer e
begi nni ng t o gl aze
over . ' accur at e i s t hi s t est t Woody i nt er r upt ed. ' ' s one
hundr ed
per cent accur at e i n det er i ni f f i ng i f t he man i s not t he
f at her . I f t he
t est i s posi t i ve, i t ' s ni net y- ni ne poi nt ni ne per cent
aecur at e. Woody
t ur ned t o hi s br ot her . ' , you' r e a j udge. Let ' s say f or
t he sake of
ar gument t hat she r eal l y i s Har r y St anf or d' s chi l d. Her
mot her and our
f at her wer e never mar r i ed. Why shoul d she be ent i t l ed t o
anyt hi ng?' '
t he l aw, ' Tyl er expl ai ned, ' i f our f at her ' s pat er ni t y i s
est abl i shed,
she woul d be ent i t l ed t o an equal shar e wi t h t he r est of
us. ' ' I say
l et ' s go ahead wi t h t he damned DNA t est and expose her ! '
160 0" , Tyl er ,
Woody, Kendal l , Mar c and J ul i a wer e seat ed a t abl e i n t he
di ni ng- r oom
r est aur ant at t he Tr emont House. Peggy r emai ned behi nd at
Rose Hi l l . '
t hi s t al k about di ggi ng up a body gi ves me t he cr eeps, '
she sai d. Now
t he gr oup was f aci ng t he woman cl ai mi ng t o - be J ul i a
St anf or d. 11 don' t
under st and. what you' r e aski ng me t o do. ' ' ' s r eal l y ver y
si mpl e, ' Tyl er
i nf or med her . ' doct or wi l l t ake a ski n sampl e f r omyou t o
compar e wi t h
our f at her ' s. I f t he DNA mol ecul es mat ch, i t ' s posi t i ve
pr oof t hat
you' r e r eal l y hi s daught er . On t he ot her hand, i f you' r e
not wi l l i ng t o
t ake t he t est . .
" I . . . I don' t l i ke i t . ' Woody cl osed i n. ' not t ' don' t
know. ' She
shudder ed. ' i dea of di ggi ng up my f at her ' s body t o . . . t o
. . . ' ' pr ove
who you ar e. ' She l ooked i nt o each of t hei r f aces. ' wi sh
al l of you
woul d - ' ?' ' ' s no way I can convi nce you, i s t her et ' , "
Tyl er sai d. '
t o t ake t hi s t est . ' Ther e was a l ong si l ence. ' r i ght .
I ' l l do i t . ' t
The exhumat i on or der had been mor e di f f i cul t t o obt ai n
t han anyone had
ant i ci pat ed. Si mon Fi t zger al d had spoken t o t he cor oner
per sonal l y. 161
' ! For God' s sake, Si mon! I can' t do t hat ! Do you know
what a st i nk t hat
woul d cause? I mean, we ar en' t deal i ng wi t h J ohn Doe her e;
we' r e deal i ng
wi t h Har r y St anf or d. I f t hi s ever l eaked out , t he medi a
woul d have a
f i el d day! ' ' , t hi s i s i mpor t ant .
Bi l l i ons of dol l ar s ar e at st ake her e. So you make sur e i t
doesn' t l eak
out . ' ' ' t t her e some ot her way you can . . . T ' ' maf r ai d
not . The woman
i s ver y convi nci ng. ' . ' But t he f ami l y i s not convi nced. '
' . ' ' you t hi nk
she' s a f r aud, Si mont ' , I don' t know. But my opi ni on
doesn' t mat t er . I n
f act , none of our opi ni ons mat t er s. A cour t wi l l demand
pr oof , and t he
DNA t est wi l l pr ovi de t hat . ' The cor oner shook hi s head. '
knew ol d
Har r y St anf or d. He woul d have hat ed t hi s. I r eal l y
shoul dn' t l et . . . ' -
' you wi l l . ' The cor oner si ghed. ' suppose so.
Woul d you do me a f avor t ' cour se. ' ' t hi s qui et . Let ' s
not have a medi a
ci r cus. ' ' have my wor d. Top secr et . I ' l l have j ust t he
f ami l y t her e. ' '
do you want t o do t hi st ' woul d l i ke t o do i t on Monday. '
162 The
cor oner si ghed agai n. ' r i ght . I ' l l cal l t he ner al home.
You owe me one,
Si mon. ' ' won' t f or get t hi s. ' At ni ne o' cl ock Monday
mor ni ng, t he
ent r ance t o t he sect i on of Mount Aubur n Cemet er y wher e
Har r y St anf or d' s
body was bur i ed was t empor ar i l y cl osed of f ' mai nt enance
r epai r s' . No
st r anger s wer e al l owed i nt o t he gr ounds. Woody, Peggy,
Tyl ei ' , Kendal l ,
Mar c, J ul i a, Si mon Fi t zger al d, St eve Sl oane, and Dr .
Col l i ns, a
r epr esent at i ve f r omt he cor oner ' s of f i ce, st ood at t he
si t e of Har r y
St anf or d' s gr ave, wat chi ng f our empl oyees of t he cemet er y
r ai se , hi s
cof f i n. Per r y Wi nger wai t ed of f t o t he si de. When t he
cof f i n r eached
gr ound l evel , t he f or eman t ur ned t o t he gr oup. ' do you
want us t o do
nowt ' i t , pl ease, ' Fi t zger al d sai d. He t ur ned t o Per r y
Wi nger . ' l ong
wi l l t hi s t aket ' mor e t han a mi nut e. I ' l l j ust get a
qui ck ski n
sampl e. ' I ' r i ght , ' Fi t zger al d sai d.
He nodded t o t he f or eman. ' ahead. ' The f or eman and hi s
assi st ant s began
t o unseal t he cof f i n. I ' don' t want t o see t hi s, ' Kendal l
sai d.
" Do we have t ot ' ! ' Woody t ol d her . ' r eal l y do. ' They al l
wat ched,
f asci nat ed, as t he l i d of t he cof f i n 163 was sl owl y
r emoved and pushed
t o one si de. They st ood t her e, st ar i ng down. ' , my God! '
Kendal l
excl ai med. The cof f i n was empt y.
Chapt er Four t een.
Back at Rose Hi l l , Tyl er had j ust got t ei of f t he phone. '
says t her e
won' t be any medi a l eaks. The cemet er y cer t ai nl y doesn' t
want t hat ki nd
of bad pubf i ci t y. The cor oner has or der ed Dr . Col l i ns t o
keep hi s mout h
shut , and Per r y Wi nger can be t r ust ed not t o t al k. ' @
Woody wasn' t
payi ng any at t ent i on. ' don' t know how t he bi t ch di d i t ! '
he sai d. ' she
i sn' t goi ng t o get away wi t h i t ! ' He gl ar ed at t he ot her s.
' suppose you
don' t t hi nk she ar r anged i t t Tyl er sai d sl owl y, ' ' maf r ai d
I have t o
agr ee wi t h you, Woody. No one el se, possi bl y coul d have
had a r eason f or
doi ng t hi s. The woman i s cl ever and r esour cef ul , and she' s
obvi ousl y pot
wor ki ng al one. I ' mnot sur e exact l y what we' r e up
agai nst . ' ' ar e we
goi ng t o do now?' Kendal l asked. Tyl er shr ugged.
" Fr ankl y, I don' t know. I wi sh I di d* I ' msur e she pl ans
t o go t o cour t
t o cont est t he wi l u ' she have a chance of wi nni ng?' Peggy
asked
t i mi dl y. 165 ' ' maf r ai d she does. She' s ver y per suasi ve.
She had - some
of us convi nced. ' ' must be somet hi ng we can do, ' Mar c
excl ai med.
" What about br i ngi ng t he pol i ce i n on t hi s?, ' says
t hey' r e al r eady
l ooki ng i nt o t he di sappear ance of t he body, and t hey' ve
come t o a dead
end. No pun i nt ended, ' Tyl er sai d. ' ' s mor e, t he pol i ce
want t hi s kept
qui et , or t hey' l l have ever y wei r do i n t own t ur ni ng up a
body. ' ' can
ask t hemt o i nvest i gat e t hi s phony! ' Tyl er shook hi s head.
' i s not a
pol i ce mat t er . I t ' s a pr i vat e - ' He st opped f or a moment ,
t hen sai d
t hought f ul l y, ' know . . . ' ' ?' ' coul d hi r e a pr i vat e
i nvest i gat or t o t r y
t o expose her . ' ' ' s not a bad i dea. Do you know onet ' ,
not l ocal l y. But
we coul d ask Fi t zger al d t o f i nd someone. Or . . . ' He
hesi t at ed. ' ' ve
never met hi m, but I ' ve hear d about a pr i vat e det ect i ve
t he di st r i ct
at t or ney i n Chi cago uses a gr eat deal .
He has an excel l ent r eput at i on. ' Mar c spoke up. ' don' t we
f i nd out i f
we can hi r e hi m?' Tyl er l ooked ar ound. ' ' s up t o t he r est
of you. ' ' can
we l oset Kendal l asked. ' coul d be expensi ve, ' Tyl er
war ned. Woody
snor t ed. ' ? We' r e t al ki ng about bi l l i ons of dol l ar s. ' 166
Tyl er nodded.
' cour se. You' r e r i ght . ' ' ' s hi s namet Tyl er f r owned. '
can' t r emember .
Si mpson. Si mmons . . . No, t hat ' s not i t . I t sounds
somet hi ng l i ke t hat . I
can cal l t he di st r i ct at t or ney' s of f i ce i n Chi cago. ' The
gr oup wat ched
as Tyl er pi cked up t he t el ephone @on t he consol e and
di al ed a number .
Two mi nut es l at er , he was speaki ng t o an assi st ant
di st r i ct at t or ney. '
i s J udge Tyl er St anf or d. I xi f i der st and t hat your of f i ce
r et ai ns a
pr i vat e det ect i vel r om, t i me t o t i me who does excel l ent
wor k f or you. Hi s
name i s somet hi ng l i ke Si mmons or =' The voi ce on t he
ot her end sai d, ' ,
you must mean Fr ank Ti mmons. ' ' ! Yes, t hat ' s i t . ' Tyl er
l ooked at t he
ot her s and smi l ed. ' wonder i f you coul d gi ve me hi s
t el ephone number so
I can cont act hi mdi r ect l y?' Af t er he wr ot e down t he
t el ephone number ,
Tyl er r epl aced t he r ecei ver . He t ur ned t o t he gr oup, and
sai d, " Wel l . ,
t hen, i f we al l agr ee, I ' l l t r y t o r each hi m. ' Ever yone
nodded.
The f ol l owi ng af t er noon, Cl ar k came i nt o t he dr awi ng r oom,
wher e t he
gr oup was wai t i ng. ' . Ti mmons i s her e. ' He was a man i n
hi s f or t i es,
wi t h a pal e compl exi on and t he sol i d bui l d of a boxer . He
had a br oken
nose and br i ght , i nqui si t i ve eyes. He l ooked f r omTyl er t o
167 Mar c and
Woody, quest i oni ngl y. ' St anf or d?' Tyl er nodded. ' ' mJ udge
St anf or d. ' '
Ti mmons, ' he sai d. ' have a seat , Mr . Ti mmons. "
" Thank you. ' He sat down. ' ' r e t he one who t el ephoned,
r i ght ?' ' . "
" To be honest , I don' t know what I can do f or you. I don' t
have any
of f i ci al connect i ons her e. ' ' i s pur el y unof f i ci al , ' Tyl er
assur ed hi m.
' mer el y want t o t r ace t he backgr ound of a young woman. ' '
t ol d me on
t he phone she cl ai ms t o be your hal f si st er , and t her e' s
no way of
r unni ng a DNA t est . ' ' ' s r i ght , ' Woody sai d. He l ooked at
t he gr oup. '
you don' t bel i eve she' s your hal f si st er t Ther e was a
moment ' s
hesi t at i on. ' don' t , ' Tyl er t ol d hi m. ' t he ot her hand,
i t ' s j ust
possi bl e t hat she i s t el l i ng t he t r ut h. What we want t o
hi r e you t o do
i s pr ovi de i r r ef ut abl e evi dence t hat she i s ei t her genui ne
or a f r aud. '
' enough. I t wi l l cost you a t housand dol l ar s a day and
- expenses. '
Tyl er sai d, ' t housand . . . T ' ' l l pay i t . ' Woody cut i n.
" I ' l l need al l t he i nf or mat i on you have on t hi s woman. '
Kendal l sai d,
" Ther e doesn' t seemt o be ver y much. ' 168 I Q `@Tyl er spoke
up. ' has no
pr oof of any ki nd. She cami n wi t h a l ot of st or i es t hat
she saysber
mot her t ol d her about our chi l dhood, and He hel d up a
band. ' i t .
Who was her mot her t ' pur por t ed mot her was a gover ness we
had as
chi l dr en named Rosemar y Nel son. ' ' happened t o her ?' They
l ooked at one
anot her uncomf or t abl y. Woody spoke up. ' had an ai r wi t h
our f at her and
got pr egnant . She r an away and had a baby gi r l . ' He
shr ugged.
" She di sappear ed. ' ' see. And t hi s woman cl ai ms t o be her
chi l d?"
" That ' s r i ght . ' ' ' s not a l ot t o go on. ' He sat t her e,
t hi nki ng.
Fi nal l y he l ooked up. ' r i ght . I ' l l see what I can do. '
' ' s al l we ask, '
Tyl er sai d. The f i r st move he made was t o go t o t he Bost on
Publ i c
Li br ar y and r ead al l t he mi cr of i che about t he
t went y- si x- year - ol d
scandal i nvol vi ng Har r y St anf or d, t he gover ness, and Mr s.
St anf or d' s
sui ci de. Ther e was enough mat er i al f or a novel . Hi s next
st ep was t o
vi si t Si mon Fi t zger al d. ' name i s Fr ank Ti mmons. I ' m'
know who you
ar e, . Mr . Ti mmons. J udge St anf or d asked me t o cooper at e
wi t h you. What
can I do f or yout ' want t o t r ace Har r y St anf or d' s
i l l egi t i mat e
daught er . She' d be about t went y- ei ght , r i ght ?' 169 ' . She
was bor n
August ni nt h, 1969, at St . J oseph' s Hospi t al i n Mi l waukee,
Wi sconsi n.
Her mot her named- her J ul i a. ' He shr ugged. ' di sappear ed.
I ' maf r ai d
t hat ' s al l t he i nf or mat i on we have. ' ' ' s a begi nni ng, ' he
sai d. ' ' s a
begi nni ng. ' Mr s. Dougher t y, t he super i nt endent at St .
J oseph' s Hospi t al
i n Mi l waukee, was a gr ay- hai r ed woman i n her si xt i es. ' ,
of cour se, I
r emember , ' she sai d. ' coul d I ever f or get i t ? Ther e was a
t er r i bl e
scandal . Ther e wer e st or i es i n al l t he newspaper s. The
r epor t er s her e
f ound out who she was, and t hey woul dn' t l eave t he poor
gi r l al one. "
" Wher e di d she go when she and t he baby l ef t her et ' don' t
know. She
l ef t no f or war di ng addr ess. ' ' she pay her bi l l i n f ul l
bef or e she l ef t ,
Mr s. Dougher t y?' ' a mat t er of f act . . . she di dn' t . ' ' do
you happen t o
r emember t hat t . ' Because i t was so sad. I r emember she sat
i n t hat ver y
chai r you' r e si t t i ng i n, and she t ol d me t hat she coul d
pay onl y par t of
her bi l l , but she pr omi sed t o send me t he money f or t he
r 9st of i t .
Wel l , t hat was agai nst hospi t al r ul es, of cour se, but I
f el t so sor r y
f or her , she was so i l l when - she l ef t her e, and I sai d
yes. "
" And di d she send you t he r est of t he moneyt ' cer t ai nl y
di d. About t wo
mont hs l at er . Now 170 I r ecal l she had got t en a j ob at
some secr et ar i al
ser vi ce. ' ' woul dn' t happen t o r emember wher e t hat was,
woul d yout ' .
Goodness, t hat was about t went y- f i ve year s ago, Mr .
Ti mmons. ' ' .
Dougher t y, do you keep al l your pat i ent s' r ecor ds on f i l et
' cour se. '
She l ooked up at hi m. ' you want me t o go t hr ough t he
r ecor dst He smi l ed
pl easant l y. ' you woul dn' t mi nd. ' ' i t hel p Rosemar yt '
coul d mean a
gr eat deal t o her . ' ' you' l l excuse me. " Mr s. Dougher t y
l ef t t he of f i ce.
She r et ur ned f i f t een mi nut es l at er , hol di ng a paper i n her
hand. ' i t
i s. Rosemar y Nel son. The r et ur n addr ess i s, The El i t e
Typi ng Ser vi ce.
Omaha, Nebr aska. ' The El i t e Typi ng Ser vi ce was r un by a
Mr . Ot t o
Br oder i ck, a man i n hi s si xt i es. ' hi r e so many t empor ar y
empl oyees, ' he
pr ot est ed. ' do you expect me t o r emember someone who
wor ked her e t hat
l ong agot ' was a r at her speci al case. She was a si ngl e
woman, i n her
l at e t went i es, i n poor heal t h. She had j ust had a baby and
' ! ' ' ' s
r i ght . Why do you r emember her t 171 ' , I l i ke t o associ at e
t hi ngs, Mr .
Ti mmons. Do you know what mnemoni cs 1st ' . ' ' , t hat ' s what
I use. I
associ at e wor ds. Ther e was a movi e out cal l ed Rosemar y' s
Baby. So when
Rosemar y came i n and t ol d me she had a baby, I put t he t wo
t hi ngs
t oget her and * * *' ' l ong was Rosemar y Nel son wi t h yout
' , about a
year , I guess.
Then t he pr ess f ound out who she was, somehow, and t hey
woul dn' t l eave
her al one. She l ef t t own i n t he mi ddl e of t he ni ght t o get
away f r om
t hem. ' ' . Br oder i ck, do you have any i dea wher e Rosemar y
Nel son went
when she l ef t her e?' ' , I t hi nk. She want ed a war mer
cl i mat e. I
r ecommended her t o an agency I knew t her e. ' ' I have t he
name of t hat
agencyt ' . I t ' s t he Gal e Agency. I can r emember i t becauge
I associ at ed
i t wi t h t he bi g st or ms t hey have down i n Fl or i da ever y
year . " Ten days
af t er hi s meet i ng wi t h t he St anf or d f ami l y, he r et ur ned t o
Bost on. He
had t el ephoned ahead, and t he f ami l y was wai t i ng f or hi m.
They wer e seat ed i n a semi ci r cl e, f aci ng hi mas he ent er ed
t he dr awi ng
r oomat Rose Hi l l . ' sai d you had some news f or us, Mr .
Ti mmons, " Tyl er
sai d. ' ' s r i ght . ' He opened a br i ef case and pul l ed out 172
paper s. ' has
been a most i nt er est i ng case, ' e sai d. ' I began " Cut t o
t he chase, '
Woody sai d i mpat i ent l y. ' she " , a f r aud or nof f He l ooked
up. ' you
don' t mi nd, Mr . St anf or d, I y ul d l i ke t o pr esent t hi s i n
i n own way. '
Tyl er gave Woody a war ni ng l ook. ' ' s f ai r enough. Pl ease
go ahead. ' ,
They wat ched hi mconsul t hi s noi i s. ' St anf or d gover ness,
Rosemar y
Nel son, had a f emal e chi l d si r ed by Har r y St anf or d. She
and t he chi l d
went t o Omaha, Nebr aska, wher e she went t o wor k f or The
El i t e Typi ng
Ser vi ce. Her empl oyer t ol d me t hat she had di f f i cul t y wi t h
t he weat her .
' , I t r aced her and her daught er t o Fl or i da, wher e she
wor ked f or t he
Gal e Agency. They moved ar ound a gr eat deal . I f ol l owed
t he t r ai l t o San
Fr anci sco, wher e t hey wer e l i vi ng up t o t en year s ago.
That was t he end
of t he t r ai l . Af t er t hat , t hey di sappear ed! ' l ooked up.
' ' s i t ,
Ti mmonst Woody demanded. ' l ost t he t r ai l t en year s agot
' , t hat i s not
i t ! He r eached i nt o hi s br i ef case and t ook out anot her
paper . '
daught er , J ul i a, appl i ed f or a dr i ver ' s l i cense when she
was sevent een!
' good i s t hat Mar c asked. ' t he st at e of Cal i f or ni a d
r i ver s ar e
r equi r ed t o have t hei r f i nger pr i nt s t aken. ' He hel d up a
car d. ' ar e t he
r eal J ul i a St anf or d' s f i nger pr i nt s! 173 Tyl er sai d,
exci t edl y, ' see! I f
t hey mat ch - ' , ' Then she woul d r eal l y be our si st er . '
Woody i nt er r upt ed.
He nodded. ' ' s r i ght . I br ought a por t abl e f i nger pr i nt ki t
wi t h me, i n
case you want t o check her out now. I s she her et Tyl er
sai d, ' ' s at a
l ocal hot el . I ' ve been t al ki ng t o her ever y mor ni ng,
t r yi ng t o per suade
her t o st ay her e unt i l we get t hi s r esol ved. ' ' ' ve got
her ! ' Woody sai d.
' ' s get over t her e! ' Hal f an hour l at er , t he gr oup was
ent er i ng a hot el
r oomat t he Tr emont House. As t hey wal ked i n, she was
packi ng a
sui t case. ' ar e you goi ng?' Kendal l asked. She t ur ned t o
f ace t hem.
" Home. I t was a mi st ake f or me t o come her e i n t he f i r st
pl ace. ' Tyl er
sai d, ' can' t bl ame us f or . . . T She t ur ned on hi m,
f ur i ous. ' si nce I
ar r i ved, I ' ve been met wi t h not hi ng but suspi ci on. You
t hi nk r came her e
t o t ake some money away f r omyou. Wel l , I di dn' t . I came
because I
want ed t o f i nd my f ami l y. I . . . never mi nd. ' She r et ur ned
t o her
packi ng. _Tyl er sai d, ' i s Fr ank Ti mmons. He' s a pr i vat e
det ect i ve. ' She
l ooked up. ' what ? AmI bei ng ar r est ed?' ' , ma' am.
J ul i a, St anf or d obt ai ned a dr i ver ' s l i cense i n San
Fr anci sco when she
was sevent een year s ol d. ' 174 : st opped. ' ' s r i ght . I s
t hat agai nst t he
l aw?' ' , ma' am. The poi nt i s ' poi nt i s' - Tyl er
i nt er r upt ed - ' t hat J ul i a
St an- ' , ' f or d' s f i nger pr i nt s ar e on t hat l i cense. ' She
l ooked at t hem. '
don' t under st and. What . . . T Woody spoke up. ' want t o
check t hem
agai nst your f i nger pr i nt s. ' Her l i ps t i ght ened. ' ! I won' t
al l ow i d' '
you sayi ng t hat you won' t kf us t ake your f i nger pr i nt st
' ' s r i ght . ' '
not ?' Mar c asked. Her body was r i gi d. ' al l of you make me
f eel l i ke I ' m
some ki nd of cr i mi nal . Wel l , I ' ve had enough! I want you
t o l eave me
al one. ' Kendal l sai d gent l y, ' i s your chance t o pr ove who
you r eal l y
ar e. We' ve been as upset by al l t hi s as you have. We woul d
l i ke t o
set t l e i t . " She st ood t her e, l ooki ng i nt o t hei r f aces, one
by one.
Fi nal l y she sai d wear i l y, ' r i ght . Let ' s get t hi s over
wi t h. ' ' . ' ' .
Ti mmons . .
. `: 4<3' ' Tyl er sai d. ' . ' He t ook out a smal l f i nger pr i nt
ki t and set i t up on
t he t abl e. He opened t he i nk pad. ' , i f you' l l j ust st ep
over her e,
pl ease. ' The ot her s wat ched as she wal ked over t o t he
t abl e. He pi cked
up her hand and, one by one, pr essed her f i nger t i ps ont o
t he pad.
Next , hepr essed t hemont o a 175 pi ece of whi t e paper . ' .
That wasn' t so
bad, was i t t He pl aced t he dr i vees l i cense next t o t he
f r esh
f i nger pr i nt s. The gr oup wal ked over t o t he t abl e and
l ooked down at t he
t wo set s of pr i nt s. They wer e i dent i cal . Woody' was t he
f i r st t o speak.
" They' r e . . . t he . . . same. ' Kendal l was l ooki ng at her
wi t h a mi xt ur e of
f eel i ngs. ' r eal l y ar e our si st er , ar en' t yout She was
smi l i ng t hr ough
her t ear s. ' ' s what I ' ve been t r yi ng t o t el l you. '
Ever ybody - was
suddenl y t al ki ng at once. ' ' s i ncr edi bl e . . . ! ' ' al l
t hese year s . . '
di dn' t your mot her ever come back . . . T ' ' msor r y we gave
you such a bad
t i me. ' Her smi l e l i t up t he r oom. ' ? s al l r i ght .
Ever yt hi ng' s al l r i ght now. ' Woody pi cked up t he
f i ngqr pr i nt car d and
l ooked at i t i n awe. ' God! Thi s i s a bi l l i on- dol l ar
car d. ' He put t he
car d i n hi s pocket . ' ' mgoi ng t o have i t br onzed. ' Tyl er
t ur ned, t o t he
gr oup. ' cal l s f or a r eal cel ebr at i on! I suggest we al l go
back t o Rose
Hi l l . ' He t ur ned t o her and smi l ed. ' ' l l gi ve you a
wel come home par t y.
Let ' s get you checked out of her e. ' She l ooked ar ound at
t hem, and her
eyes wer e 176 shi ni ng. I t , s l i ke a dr eamcome t r ue. I
f i nal l y have a
f ami l y! ' Hal f an hour l at er t hey wer e back at Rose Hi l l ,
and she was
set t l i ng i nt o her new r oom. The ot her s wer e downst ai r s,
t al ki ng
exci t edl y. ' must f eel as t hough she' s j ust been t hr ough
t he
I nqui si t i on, ' Tyl er mused. ' has, ' Peggy r epl i ed. ' dodi
know how she
st ood i t . ' Kendal l sai d, ' wonder how she' s goi ng t o
adj ust t o her new
l i f e. ' ' same way we' r e al l goi ng t o adj ust , ' Woody sai d
dr yl y.
" Wi t h a l ot of champagne and cavi ar . ' Tyl er r ose. ' , f or
one, amgl ad
i t ' s f i nal l y set t l ed. Let me go up and see i f she needs
any hel p. ' He
went upst ai r s and wal ked al ong t he cor r i dor t o her r oom.
He knocked at
her door and cal l ed l oudl y, ' ' ' s open. Come i n. ' He st ood
i n t he
door way, and, t hey st ar ed si l ent l y at each ot her . And t hen
Tyl er
car ef ul l y cl osed t he door , hel d out hi s hands, and br oke
i nt o a sl ow
gr i n. When he spoke, he sai d, ' di d i t , Mar go! We di d i t ! "
Chapt er Fi f t een.
He had pl ot t ed i t wi t h t he i nef f abl & ski l l of a chess
mast er . Onl y t hi s
had been t he most l ucr at i ve chess game i n hi st or y, wi t h
st akes of
bi l l i ons of dol l ar s - and he had won! He was f i l l ed wi t h a
sense of
i nvi nci bl e power . I s t hi s how you f el t when you cl osed a
bi g deal ,
Fat her ? Wel l , t hi s i s a bi gger deal t han you ever made.
r ve pl anned t he
cr i me of t he cent ur y, and r ve got t en away wi t h i t . I n a
sense, i t had
al l st ar t ed wi t h Lee. Beaut i f ul , wonder f ul Lee. The per son
he l oved most
i n t he wor l d. They had met i n t he Ber l i n, t he gay bar on
West Bel mont
Avenue. Lee was t al l and muscul ar and bl ond, and he was
t he most
beaut i f ul man Tyl er had ever seen. Thei r meet i ng had
st ar t ed wi t h, ' I
buy you a dr i nk?' Lee had l ooked hi mover and nodded. '
woul d be ni ce. '
Af t er t he second dr i nk, Tyl er had sai d, ' don' t we have a
dr i nk over at
my pl acet Lee had smi l ed. ' ' mexpensi ve. ' 181 ' 1@e '
expensi vet '
hundr ed dol l ar s f or t he ni ght . ' Tyl er had not hesi t at ed.
' ' s go. ' They
spent t he ni ght at Tyl er ' s home. Lee was war mand
sensi t i ve and car i ng,
and Tyl er f el t a cl oseness t o hi mt hat he had never had
wi t h any ot her
human bei ng. He was f l ooded Wi t h emot i ons he had not known
exi st ed. By
mor ni ng, Tyl er was madl y i n l ove. I n t he past , he had
pi cked up young
men at t he Cai r o and t he Bi j ou Theat er and sever al ot her
gay hangout s i n
Chi cago, but now he knew t hat al l t hat was goi ng t o
change. Fr omnow on,
he want ed onl y Lee. I n t he mor ni ng, whi l e Tyl er was
pr epar i ng br eakf ast ,
he sai d, ' woul d you l i ke t o do t oni ght t Lee l ooked at hi m
i n sur pr i se.
' . I have a dat e t oni ght . " Tyl er f el t as t hough he had
been hi t i n t he
st omach. ' , Lee, I t hought t hat you and I . . . ' ' , dear ,
I ' ma ver y
val uabl e pi ece of mer chandi se. I go t o t he hi ghest bi dder .
I l i ke you,
but I ' maf r ai d you r eal l y can' t af f or d me. ' ' can gi ve you
anyt hi ng you
want , ' Tyl er sai d.
Lee smi l ed l azi l y. ' ? Wel l , what I want i s a t r i p t o St .
Tr opez on a
beaut i f ul whi t e yacht . Can you af f or d t hat t ' , I ' mr i cher
t han al l your
f r i ends put t oget her . ' 182 ' ? I t hought you sai d you ar e a
j udge. . ' ' , I
am, yes, but I ' mgoi ng t o be r i ch. I mean . . . ver y r i ch. '
Lee put hi s
ar mar ound hi m. ' ' t f r et , Tyl er . I ' mf r ee a week f r om
Thur sday. Those
eggs, l ook del i ci ous. ' That was t he begi nni ng. Money had
been i mpor t ant
t o Tyl er bef or e, but now i t became an obsessi on. He needed
i t f or Lee.
He coul d not get hi mout of hi s mi nd. The t hought of hi m
maki ng 16- 4e
wi t h ot her men was unbear abl e. r ve got t o have hi mf or my
own. Fr omt he
age of t wel ve, Tyl er had known t hat he was homosexual .
One day, hi s f at her had caught hi mf ondl i ng and ki ssi ng a
boy f r omhi s
school , and Tyl er had bor ne t he f ul l br unt of hi s f at her ' s
f ur y. ' can' t
bel i eve I have a son, who' s a f aggot ! Now t hat I know your
di r t y l i t t l e
secr et , I ' mgoi ng t o keep a cl ose eye on you, si st er . '
Tyl et ' s mar r i age
was a cosmi c j oke, per pet r at ed by a god wi t h a macabr e
sense of humor .
' ' s someone I want you, t o meet , ' Har r y St anf or d sai d. I t
was Chr i st mas
and Tyl er was at Rose Hi l l f or t he hol i days. Kendal l and
Woody had
al r eady made t hei r depar t ur es and Tyl er was pl anni ng hi s
when t he
bombshel l dr opped. ' ' r e goi ng t o get mar r i ed. ' ' ? That ' s
out of t he
quest i on! I don' t . . 183 ' t o me, si st er . Peopl e ar e
begi nni ng t o t al k
about you, and I can' t have t hat . I t ' s bad f or my
r eput at i on. I f you get
mar r i ed, t hat wi l l shut t hemUP- 0 Tyl er was def i ant . '
don' t car e what
peopl e say. Thi s i s my l i f e. ' ' I want i t t o be a r i ch
l i f e f or you,
Tyl er . I ' mget t i ng ol der . Pr et t y soon . . . ' - He shr ugged.
The car r ot and
t he st i ck. Naomi Schuyl er was a pl ai n- l ooki ng woman, f r om
a mi ddl e- cl ass
f ami l y, whose f l ami ng desi r e i n l i f e was
t o' bet t er ' her sel f . She was so
i mpr essed by Har r y St anf or d' s name t hat she woul d pr obabl y
have mar r i ed
hi s son i f he wer e pumpi ng gas i nst ead of bei ng a j udge.
Har r y St anf or d
had t aken Naomi t o bed once.
When someone asked hi mwhy, St anf or d r epl i ed, ' she was
t her e. " She
qui ckl y bor ed hi m, and he deci ded she woul d be per f ect f or
Tyl er .
What Har r y St anf or d want ed, Har r y St anf or d got . The
weddi ng t ook pl ace
t wo mont hs l at er . I t was a smal l weddi ng - one hundr ed and
f i f t y peopl e
- and t he br i de and gr oomwent t o J amai ca f or t hei r
honeymoon. I t was a
f i asco. On t hei r weddi ng ni ght Naomi sai d, ' ki nd of man
have I mar r i ed,
f or God' s sake? What have you got a di ck f or t 184 Tyl er
t r i ed t o r eason
wi t h her . ' don' t need sox. We can l i ve separ at e l i ves.
We' l l st ay t oget her , but we' l l each have our own . . .
f r i ends. ' ' ' r e
damned r i ght , we wi l l ! ' Naomi t ook out her vengeance on
hi mby becomi ng
a bl ack- bel t shopper . She bought ever yt hi ng at t he most
expensi ve st or es
i n t he ci t y, and t ook shoppi ng t r i ps t o New Yor k. 11 can' t
af f or d your
ext r avagances on my i ncome, 5 Tyl er pr ot est ed. ' get a
r ai se.
I ' myour wi f e. I ' ment i t l ed t o be 5 suppor t ed. Tyl er went
t o hi s f at her
and expl ai ned t he si t uat i on. Har r y St anf or d gr i nned. ' can
be damned
expensi ve, can' t t hey9 You' l l j ust have t o handl e i t . ' ' ,
Fat her , I need
some - 5 ' you' l l have al l t he money i n t he wor l d. ' Tyl er
t r i ed t o
expl ai n i t t o Naomi , but she had no i nt ent i ons of wai t i ng
unt i l ' ' . She
sensed t hat t hat ' ' mi ght never come. When Naomi had
squeezed what she
coul d out of Tyl er , she sued f or di vor ce, set t l ed f or what
was l ef t of
hi s bank account , and di sappear ed.
, When Har r y St anf or d hear d t he news, he sai d, ' Once a
f aggot , al ways a
f aggot . ' And t hat was t he end of t hat . Hi s f at her went out
of hi s way t o
demean Tyl er . One day, when Tyl er was on t he bench, i n t he
mi ddl e of a
185 t r i al , hi s bai l i f f came up t o hi mand whi sper ed, ' me,
Your Honor
. . . ' Tyl er had t ur ned t o hi m, i mpat i ent l y. ' ' ' s a
t el ephone cal l f or
you. ' ' ? What ' s t he mat t er wi t h you? I ' mi n t he mi ddl e of
- ' ' ' s your
f at her , Your , Honor . He says i t ' s ver y ur gent and he must
t al k t o you
i mmedi at el y. ' Tyl er was f ur i ous. Hi s f at her had no r i ght
t o i nt er r upt
hi m. He was t empt ed t o i gnor e t he cal l . But on t he ot her
hand, i f i t was
t hat ur gent . . ' . Tyl er st ood up. ' i s r ecessed f or f i f t een
mi nut es. '
Tyl er hur r i ed i nt o hi s chamber s and pi cked up t he
t el ephone. ' ' hope
I ' mnot di st ur bi ng you, Tyl er . ' Ther e was mal i ce i n hi s
voi ce. ' a
mat t er of f act , you ar e.
I ' mi n t he mi ddl e of a t r i al and - ' ' , gi ve hi ma t r af f i c
t i cket and
f or get i t . ' ' . . ' need your hel p wi t h a ser i ous pr obl em. '
' ki nd of
pr obl emt ' chef i s st eal i ng f r omme. ' Tyl er coul d not
bel i eve what he
was hear i ng. He was so angr y he coul d har dl y speak. '
cal l ed me of f t he
bench because . . . T ' ' r e t he l aw, ar en' t you? Wel l , he' s
br eaki ng t he
l aw. I want you t o come back t o Bost on and 186 check out
my whol e st af f .
They' r e r obbi ng me bl i nd! ' I t was al l Tyl er coul d do t o
keep f r om
expl odi ng. ' . . . ' ' j ust can' t t r ust t hose damn empl oyment
agenci es. '
' ' mi n t he mi ddl e of a t r i al . I cant possi bl y go t o Bost on
now. $ Ther e
was a moment of omi nous si l ence. ' di d YOU' sayt ' sai d
. . . ' ' ar en' t t o
di sappoi nt me agai n, ar e you, 90mg Tyl er ? Maybe I shoul d
t al k t o
Fi t zger al d abodt some changes i n my wi l l . ' And t her e was
t he car r ot
agai n. The money. Hi s shar e of t he bi l l i ons of dol l ar s
wai t i ng f or hi m
when hi s f at her di ed. Tyl er cl ear ed hi s t hr oat . ' you
coul d send your
pl ane f or me . . . ' ' , no! I f you pl ay your car ds r i ght ,
j udge, t hat pl ane
wi l l bel ong t o you one day.
J ust t hi nk about t hat . Meanwhi l e, f l y commer ci al l i ke
ever yone el se. But
I want you t o get your ass back her e! ' The Fi ne went dead.
Tyl er sat
t her e, f i l l ed wi t h humi l i at i on. My f at her has done t hi s t o
me al l my
l i f e. To hel l wi t h hi m! I won' t go. I won' t go. . Tyl er
f l ew t o Bost on
t hat eveni ng. 187 Har r y St anf or d empl oyed a st af f of
t went y- t wo. Ther e
was a phal anx of secr et ar i es, but l er s, housekeeper s,
mai ds, chef s,
chauf f eur s, gar dener s, and a bodyguar d. ' , ever y damned
one of t hem, '
Har r y St anf or d compl ai ned t o Tyl er . ' you' r e so wor r i ed,
why don' t you
hi r e a pr i vat e det ect i ve or go t o t he pol i cet ' I have
you, ' Har r y
St anf or d sai d. ' ' r e a j udge, r i ght ? Wel l , you j udge t hem
f or me. ' I t was
pur e mal evol ence. Tyl er l ooked ar ound t he huge house wi t h
i t s exqui si t e
f ur ni t ur e and pai nt i ngs, and he t hought of t he dr ear y
l i t t l e house he
l i ved i n. Thi s i s what I deser ve t o have, he t hought .
And one day, r 1l have i t . Tyl er t al ked t o t he but l er ,
Cl ar k, and ot her
seni or member s of t he st af f . He i nt er vi ewed t he ser vant s,
one by one,
and checked t hei r r esumes. Most of t he empl oyees wer e
f ai r l y new because
Har r y St anf or d was an i mpossi bl e man t o wor k f or . The
st af f t ur nover at
t he house was ext r aor di nar y. Some of t heml ast ed onl y a
day or t wo. A
f ew new empl oyees wer e gui l t y of pet t y pi l f er i ng, and one
was an
al cohol i c, but ot her t han t hat , Tyl er coul d see no
pr obl em. Except f or
Dmi t r i Kami nsky. Dmi t r i Kami nsky had been hi r ed by hi s
f at her as a
bodyguar d and masseur . - Si t t i ng on t he bench ' had made
Tyl er a good
j udge of char act er , and t her e was 188 somet hi ng about
Dmi t r i t hat Tyl er
i nst ant l y mi st r ust ed - He was t he most r ecent empl oyee.
Har r y St anf or d' s
f or mer bodyguar d had qui t - , Tyl er coul d i magi ne why - and
he had
r ecommended Kami nsky. The man was huge, wi t h a bar r el
chest and l ar ge,
muscul ar ar ms. He spoke Engl i sh wi t h a t hi ck Russi an
accent . ' want t o
see met ' . ' Tyl er gest ur ed t o a chai r . ' , down. ' He had
l ooked at t he
man' s empl oyment r ecor d, and i t had t ol d hi mver y l i t t l e,
except t hat
Dmi t r i had come f r omRussi a r ecent l y. ' wer e bor n i n
Russi at ' . ' He was
wat chi ng Tyl er war i l y. ' par t ?' ' . "
" Why di d you l eave Russi a t o come t o Amer i cat Kami nsky
shr ugged. ' i s
mor e oppor t uni t y her e. ' Oppor t uni t y f or what ? Tyl er
wonder ed. Ther e was
somet hi ng evasi ve _about t he man' s manner . They spoke f or
t went y
mi nut es, and at t he end of - t hat t i me , was convi nced t hat
Dmi t r i
Kami nsky was conceal i ng somet hi ng. Tyl er t el ephoned Fr ed
Mast er son, an
acquai nt ance of hi s wi t h t he FBI . ' , I want you t o do me a
f avor . "
" Sur e. I f I ' mever i n Chi cago, wi l l you f i x my t r af f i c
t i cket st ' ' m
ser i ous. ' 189 ' . ' ' want you t o check on a Russi an who
came over her e
si x mont hs ago. ' ' a mi nut e. You' r e t al ki ng CI A, ar en' t
yout " Maybe, but
I don' t know anyone at CI A. ' ' do U ' , i f you coul d do
t hi s f or me, I
woul d r eal l y be gr at ef ul . ' Tyl er hear d a si gh.
" Okay. What ' s hi s namet ' Kami nsky. ' ' ' l l t el l you what
I ' l l do.
I know someone at t he Russi an Embassy i n DC. I ' l l see i f
he has any
i nf or mat i on on Kami nsky. I f not , I ' maf r ai d I can' t hel p
you. ' ' ' d
appr eci at e i t . ' That eveni ng, Tyl er had di nner wi t h hi s
f at her .
Subconsci ousl y, Tyl er had hoped t hat hi s f at her woul d have
aged, woul d
have become mor e f r agi l e, mor e vul ner abl e wi t h t i me.
I nst ead, Har r y St an
*f or d l ooked hal e and hear t y, i n hi s pr i me. He' s goi ng t o
l i ve f or ever .
Tyl er t hought despai r i ngl y. He' l l out l i ve al l of us. The
conver sat i on at
di nner was compl et el y one si ded. ' j ust cl osed a deal t o
buy t he' power
company i n Hawai i . . . - ' ' mf l yi ng over t o Amst er damnext
week t o
st r ai ght en out some GATT compl i cat i on . . . 190 ' secr et ar y
of st at e has
i nvi t ed me t o accompany hi mt o Chi na- ' Tyl er scar cel y got
i n a wor d.
At t he end of t he meal , hi s f at her r ose. ' ar e you comi ng
al ong wi t h t he
ser vant pr obl em?' ' ' mst i l l checki n g t hemout , Fat her . '
' , don' t t ake
f or ever , ' hi s f at her gr owl ed, and wal ked out of t he r oom.
The f ol l owi ng
mor ni ng, Tyl er r ecei ved a cal l f r omFr ed Mast er son at t he
FBI .
" Tyl er ?' ' . ' ' pi cked a r eal beaut y. ' 40ht ' Kami nsky was
a hi t man f or
pol gopr udnenskaya. ' ' ' t @e hel l i s t hat ' ' l l expl ai n.
Ther e ar e ei ght cr i mi nal gr oups t hat have t aken over i n
Moscow. They al l
f i ght among t hemsel ves, but t he t wo most power f ul gr oups
ar e t he
chechens and t he pol gopr udnenskaya. Your f r i end Kami nsky
wor ked f or t he
second gr oup. Thr ee mont hs ago, t hey handed hi ma cont r act
on one of t he
l eader s of t he chechens. I nst ead of car r yi ng out t he
cont r act , Kami nsky
went t o hi mt o make a bet t er deal . The pol gopr udnenskaya
f ound out about
i t and put out a cont r act on Kami nsky. Gangs have a quai nt
cust omover
t her e. Fi r st t hey chop of f your f i nger s, t hen t hey 191 l et
you bl eed f or
a whi l e, and t hen t hey shoot you. ' ' God! ' ' got hi msel f
smuggl ed- out
of Russi a, but t hey' r e st i l l l ooki ng f or hi m. And l ooki ng
har d. ' ' ' s
i ncr edi bl e, ' Tyl er sai d. ' ' s not al l . He' s al so want ed by
t he st at e
pol i ce f or a f ew mur der s. I f you know wher e he i s, t hey' d
l ove t o have
t hat i nf or mat i on. ' Tyl er was t hought f ul f or a moment . He
coul d not
af f or d t o get i nvol ved i n t hi s. I t coul d mean gi vi ng
t est i mony and
wast i ng a l ot of t i r ne. ' have no i dea. I was j ust
checki ng hi mout f or
a Russi an f r i end. Thanks, Fr ed. ' Tyl er f ound Dmi t r i
Kami nsky i n hi s
r oom, r eadi ng a har dcor e por no magazi ne. Dmi t r i r ose as
Tyl er wal ked
i nt o t he r oom. ' want you t o pack your t hi ngs and get out
of her e. '
Dmi t r i st ar ed at hi m. ' ' s t he mat t er t Tmgi vi ng you a
choi ce. You' r e
ei t her out of her e by t hi s af t er noon, or I ' l l t el l t he
Russi an pol i ce
wher e you ar e. ' Dmi t r i ' s f ace t ur ned pal e. ' you
under st and?' ' . I
under st and. ' Tyl er went t o see hi s f at her . He' s goi ng t o
be pl eased, he
t hought . r ve done hi ma r eal f avor . He f ound hi mi n t he
st udy. 192 '
checked on al l t he st af f , ' Tyl er sai d, ' . . . " " I ' mi m.
Di d you f i nd any
l i t t l e boys t o t ake t o bed wi t h yout Tyl er ' s f ace t ur ned
r ed. ' . . ' ' r e a
queer , Tyl er , and you' l l al ways be a queer . I don' t know
how t he hel l
anyt hi ng l i ke you came f r ommy l oi ns. Go on back t o
Chi cago wi t h your
gut t er f r i ends. ' Tyl er st ood t her e, f i ght i ng t o cont r ol
hi msel f . ' , ' he
sai d st i f f l y. He st ar t ed t o l eave. ' t her e anyt hi ng about
t he st af f you
f ound out t hat I shoul d knowt Tyl er t ur ned and st udi ed hi s
f at her a
moment . ' , ' he sai d sl owl y. ' . ' When Tyl er - went t o
Kami nsky' s r oom, he
was packi ng.
, ' ' mgoi ng, ' Kami nsky sai d sul l enl y. ' ' t . I ' ve changed my
mi nd. " Dmi t r i
l ooked up, puzzl ed. ' ' don' t want you t o l eave. I want
you t o st ay on
as my f at her ' s bodyguar d. ' ' about . . . you know, t he ot her
t hi ng?' ' ' r e
goi ng t o f or get about t hat . ' Dmi t r i was wat chi ng hi m,
war i l y. ' ? What do
you want me t o dot ' ' d l i ke you t o be my eyes and ear s
her e. I need
someone t o keep an eye on my f at her , and l et me know what
goes on. ' 193
. ' Why shoul d I T ' i f you do as I say, I ' mnot goi ng t o
t ur n you over t o
t he Russi ans. And because I ' mgoi ng t o make you a r i ch
man. ' Dmi t r i
Kami nsky st udi ed hi ma moment . A sl ow gr i n l i t hi s f ace.
' ' l l st ay. ' I t
was t he openi ng gambi t . The f i r st pawn had been movea d.
That had been
t wo year s ear l i er . Fr omt i me t o t i me, Dmi t r i had passed on
i nf or mat i on
t o Tyl er . I t was most l y uni mpor t ant gossi p about Har r y
St anf or d' s l at est
r omance or bi t s of busi ness t hat Dmi t r i had over hear d.
Tyl er had begun
t o t hi nk he had made a i ms- , t ake, t hat he shoul d have
t ur ned Dmi t r i i n
t o t he pol i ce. And t hen t he f at ef ul t el ephone cal l had
come f r om
Sar di ni a, and t he gambl e had pai d of f . ' ' mwi t h your
f at her on hi s
yacht . He j ust cal l ed hi s at t or ney. He' s meet i ng On i n
Bost on Monday t o
change hi s wi l l . ' Tyl er t hought of al l t he humi l i at i ons
hi s f at her hadd
heaped on hi mt hr ough t he year s, and he was f i l l ed wi t h a
t er r i bl e r age.
I f he changes hi s wi l l , I ' ve t aken al l t hose year s of
abusef or not hi ng.
- r mnot goi ng t o l et hi mget away wi t h t hi s!
Ther e i s onl y one way t o st op hi m. ' , I want you t o cal l
me agai n on
Sat ur day. ' ' . ' Tyl er r epl aced t he r ecei ver and sat t her e,
t hi nki ng. I t
was t i me t o br i ng i n t he kni ght .
Chapt er Si xt een.
I n t he Ci r cui t Cour t of Cook C6unt y, t her e was a const ant
ebb and f l ow
of def endant s accused of ar son, r ape, dr ug deal i ng,
mur der , and a
var i et y of ot her i l l egal and unsavor y act i vi t i es. I n t he
cour se of a
mont h, J udge Tyl er St anf or d deal t wi t h at l east hal f a
dozen mur der
cases. The maj or i t y never went t o t r i al si nce t he
at t or neys f or t he
def endant woul d of f er t o pl ea bar gai n, and because t he
cour t cal endar s
and pr i sons wer e so over cr owded, t he St at e woul d usual l y
agr ee. The t wo
si des woul d t hen st r i ke a deal and go t o J udge St anf or d
f or hi s
appr oval . The case of Hal Baker was an except i on. Hal
Baker was a man
wi t h good i nt ent i ons and bad l uck. When he was f i f t een,
hi s ol der
br ot her had t al ked hi mi nt o hel pi ng hi mr ob a gr ocer y
st or e. Hal had
t r i ed t o di ssuade hi m, and when he coul dn' t , he went al ong
wi t h hi m. Hal
was caught , and hi s br ot her escaped. Two year s l at er , when
Hal Baker got
out of r ef or mschool , he was det er mi ned never t o get i n
t r oubl e wi t h 195
t he l aw agai n. One mont h l at er , he accompani ed a f r i end t o
a j ewel r y
st or e. ' want t o pi ck out a r i ng f or my, gi r l f r i end. ' Once
i nsi de t he
st or e, hi s f r i end pul l ed out a gun and yel l ed, ' , i s a
hol dup! ' . I n t he
ensui ng exci t ement , a cl er k was shot t o deat h. Hal Baker
was caught and
ar r est ed f or ar med r obber y. Hi s f r i end escaped. Whi l e
Baker was i n
pr i son, Hel en Gowan, a soci al wor ker who had r ead about
hi s case and
f el t sor r y f or hi m, went t o vi si t hi m. I t was l ove at
f i r st si ght , and
when Baker was r el eased f r ompr i son, he and Hel en wer e
mar r i ed. Over t he
next ei ght year s, t hey had f our l ovel y chi l dr en. Hal Baker
ador ed hi s
f ami l y. Because of hi s pr i son r ecor d, he had a di f f i cul t
t i me f i ndi ng
j obs, and t o suppor t hi s f ami l y he r el uct ant l y went t o
wor k f or hi s
br ot her , car r yi ng out var i ous- act s of ar son, r obber y and
assaul t .
Unf or t unat el y f or Baker , he was caught f l agr ant e del i ct o
i n t he
commi ssi on of a bur gl ar y. He was ar r est ed, hel d i n j ai l ,
and t r i ed i n
J udge Tyl er St anf or d' s cour t . - I t was t i me f or sent enci ng.
Baker was a
second of f ender wi t h a bad j uveni l e r ecor d, and i t was
such a cl ear - cut
case t hat t he assi st ant di st r i ct at t or neys wer e maki ng
bet s on how many
year s J udge St anf or d woul d gi ve Baker . ' ' l l t hr ow t he book
at hi m! " one
of t hemsai d. ' ' l l bet he gi ves hi mt went y 196 year s.
St anf or d' s not
cal l ed t he Hangi ng J udge f or not hi ng. ' Hal Baker , who f el t
deep i n hi s
hear t t hat he was i nnocent , was act i ng as hi s own
at t or ney. He st ood
bef or e t he bench, dr essed i n hi s best sui t , and sai d, '
Honor , I know I
made a mi st ake, but we' r e al l human, ar en' t we? I have a
wonder f ul wi f e
and f our chi l dr en. I wi sh you coul d meet t hem, Your Honor
- t hey' r e
gr eat . What I di d, I di d f or t hem. ' Tyl er St anf or d sat on
t he bench,
l i st eni ng, hi s f ace i mpassi ve. He was wai t i ng f or Hal
Baker t o f i ni sh so
he coul d pass sent ence. Does t hi sf ool - r eal l y t hi nk he' s
goi ng t o get of f
wi t h t hat st upi d sob st or y? Hal Baker was f i ni shi ng, ' . . .
and so you
see, Your Honor , even t hough I di d t he wr ong t hi ng, I di d
i t f or t he
r i ght r eason: f ami l y. I don' t have t o t el l you how
i mpor t ant t hat i s. I f
I go t o pr i son, my wi f e and chi l dr en wi l l ' . I know I made
a mi st ake,
but I ' mwi l l i ng t o make up f or i t . I ' l l do. anyt hi ng you
want me t o do,
Your Honor . . . ' And t hat was t he phr ase t hat caught Tyl er
St anf or d' s
at t ent i on. He l ooked at t he def endant bef or e hi mwi t h a
new i nt er est . '
you want me t o do. ' Tyl er suddenl y had t he same i nst i nct
he had had
about Dmi t r i Kami nsky. Her e was a man who mi ght be ver y
usef ul one day.
To t he pr osecut or ' s ut t er ast oni shment , Tyl er sai d, " Mr .
Baker , t her e
ar e ext enuat i ng ci r cumst ances i n t hi s case. Because of
t hemand because
of your f ami l y, I 197 amgoi ng t o put you on pr obat i on f or
f i ve year s. I
wi l l expect you t o per f or msi x hundr ed hour s of publ i c
ser vi ce. Come
i nt o my chamber s, and we wi l l di scuss - i t . ' I n t he pr i vacy
of hi s
chamber s, Tyl er sai d, ' know, I coul d st i l l send you t o
pr i son f or a
l ong, l ong t i me. ' Hal Baker t ur ned pal e. ' , Your . Honor !
You sai d . . . '
Tyl er l eaned f or war d. ' you know t he most i D mpr essi ve
t hi ng about yout
Hal Baker sat t her e, t r yi ng t o t hi nk what was i mpr essi ve
about hi msel f .
' , Your Honor . ' ' f eel i ngs about your f ami l y, ' Tyl er sai d
pi ousl y. '
r eal l y admi r e t hat . ' Hal Baker br i ght ened. ' you, si r .
They' r e t he most
i mpor t ant t hi ng i n- t he wor l d t o me. I ' you woul dn' t want
t o l ose t hem,
woul d you? I f I sent you t o pr i son, your I chi l dr en woul d
gr ow up wi t hout
you; your wi f e woul d pr obabl y f i nd anot her man. Do you see
what I ' m
get t i ng al l Hal Baker was baf f l ed. ' . . . no, Your Honor .
Not exact l y. '
' ' msavi ng your f ami l y f or you, Baker . I woul d t hi nk you' d
be gr at ef ul . '
Hal Baker sai d f er vent l y, ' , I am, Your Honor ! I can' t
t el l you how
gr at ef ul I am. "
" Per haps you can pr ove i t t o me i n t he f ut ur e. I may be
cal l i ng on you
t o do some l i t t l e er r ands f or i ne. ' 198 ' ! ' . I ' mpl aci ng
you on
pr obat i on, and i f I shoul d f i nd anyt hi ng i n your behavi or
t hat
di spl eases me . . . ' ' j ust t el l me what you want , ' Baker
begged.
" I ' l l l et you know when t he t i me comes. Meanwhi l e, t hi s
wi l l be st r i ct l y
conf i dent i al bet ween t he t wo of us. ' Hal Baker put hi s
hand over hi s
hear t . ' woul d di e bef or e I ' d t el l anyone. ' ' ' r e r i ght , '
Tyl er assur ed
hi m. I t was a shor t t i me af t er t hat when Tyl er r ecei ved
t he phone cal l
f r omDmi t r i Kami nsky. ' f at her j ust cal l ed hi s at t or ney.
He' s meet i ng hi mi n Bost on on Monday t o change hi s wi l l . '
Tyl er knew
t hat he had t o see t hat wi l l . I t was t i me t o cal l Hal
Baker . ' . . . t he
name of t he f i r mi s Renqui st , Renqui st , & Fi t zger al d. Make
a copy of t he
wi l l and br i ng i t t o me. ' ' pr obl em. I ' l l t ake car e of i t ,
Your Honor . '
Twel ve hour s, l at er , Tyl er had a copy of t he wi l l i n hi s
hands.
He r ead i t and was f i l l ed wi t h a sense of el at i on. He and
Woody and
Kendal l wer e t he sol e hei r s. And on Monday Fat her i s
pl anni ng t o change
t he wi l l . The bast ar d i s goi ng t o t ake i t away f r omj ust
Tyl er t hought
bi t t er l y. Af t er al l we' ve gone t hr ough. . , t hose bi l l i ons
bel ong t o us.
He' s made us ear n t hem! Ther e was onl y one way t o st op
hi m. 199 When
Dmi t r i ' s second t el ephone cal l came, Tyl er sai d, 1 want
you t o ki l l hi m.
Toni ght . ' Ther e was a l ong si l ence. ' i f I ' mcaught . . ' ' t
get caught .
You' l l be at sea. A l ot of t hi ngs can happen t her e. ' '
r i ght .
When i t ' s over . . . T ' money and a pl ane t i cket t o
Aust r al i a wi l l be
wai t i ng f or you. ' And t hen l at er , t he l ast wonder f ul phone
cal l . ' di d
i t . I t was easy. ' ' ! No! No! I want t o hear t he det ai l s.
Tel l me
ever yt hi ng. Don' t l eave anyt hi ng out . . . ' And as Tyl er
l i st ened, he
coul d vi sual i ze t he scene unf ol di ng bef or e hi s eyes. '
wer e i n a bad
st or mon our way t o Cor si ca. He cal l ed and asked me t o
come t o hi s cabi n
and gi ve hi ma massage . . Tyl er f ound hi msel f gr i ppi ng t he
phone. ' .
Go on . . . ' Dmi t r i had f ought t o keep hi s bal ance agai nst
t he wi l d
pi t chi ng of t he yacht as he headed f or Har r y St anf or d' s
st at er oom. He
knocked at t he cabi n door and, af t er a, moment , he hear d
St anf or d' s
voi ce. ' i n! ' St anf or d yel l ed. He was st r et ched out on t he
massage
t abl e. ' ' s my l ower back. ' ' ' l l t ake car e of i t . J ust
r el ax, Mr .
St anf or d. ' Dmi t r i went over t o t he massage t abl e and
spr ead oi l on
St anf or d' s back. Hi s st r ong f i nger s went t o wor k, 200
ski l l f ul l y
kneadi ng t he t i ght muscl es. He coul d f eel St anf or d begi n
t o r el ax. '
f eel s good. ' St anf or d si ghed. ' you. ' The massage l ast ed
an hour , and
when Dmi t r i was t hr ough, St anf or d was al most asl eep. ' ' m
goi ng t o r un a
war mbat h f or you, ' Dmi t r i sai d. He went i nt o t he
bat hr oom, st umbl i ng
wi t h t he mot i on of t he shi p. He t ur ned on t he war m
seawat er t ap i n t he
bl ack onyx t ub and r et ur ned t o t he bedr oom. St anf or d was
st i l l l yi ng on
t he t abl e, hi s eyes cl osed. ' . St anf or d . . St anf or d opened
hi s eyes. '
bat h i s r eady. ' ' don' t t hi nk I need' . . ' wi l l r eal l y make
sur e you get
a good ni ght ' s sl eep. ' He hel ped St anf or d of f t he t abl e
and st eer ed hi m
t owar d t he bat hr oom. Dmi t r i wat ched Har r y St anf or d l ower
hi msel f i nt o,
t he t ub. St anf or d l ooke&up i nt o Dmi t r i ' s col d eyes, and i n
t hat i nst ant ,
hi s i nst i nct t ol d hi mwhat was about t o happen. ' ! ' he
cr i ed. He st ar t ed
t o get up. Dmi t n put hi s huge hands on t op of Har r y.
St anf or d' s head and
pushed hi munder t he wat er .
St anf or d st r uggl ed vi ol ent l y, t r yi ng t o come up f or ai r ,
but he was no
mat ch f or t he gi ant . Dmi t r i hel d hi munder whi l e t he
seawat er got i nt o
hi s vi ct i m' s l ungs, and f i nal l y al l movement st opped. He
st ood t her e,
201 br eat hi ng har d, t hen st agger ed i nt o t he ot her r oom.
Dmi t r i went over
t o t he desk, f i ght i ng t he r ol l i ng mot i on of t he shi p,
pi cked up some
paper s and sl i d open t he gl ass door t o t he out si de
ver anda, l et t i ng i n
t he howl i ng wi nd. He scat t er ed some of t he paper s OPI t he
ver anda and
t hr ew some over boar d. Sat i sf i ed, he r et ur ned t o t he
bat hr oomonce mor e
and pul l ed St anf or d' s body out of t he t ub. He dr essed hi m
i n hi s
paj amas, r obe and sl i pper s, and car r i ed t he body out ont o
t he ver anda.
Dmi t r i st ood at t he r ai l i ng a moment , t hen heaved t he body
over boar d. He
count ed t o f i ve seconds, t hen pi cked up t he t el ephone and
shout ed, '
over boar d! ' Li st eni ng t o Dmi t r i r ecount t he st or y of t he
mur der , Tyl er
f el t a sexual t hr i l l . He coul d t ast e t he seawat er f i l l i ng
hi s f at her ' s
l ungs and f eel t he gaspi ng f or br eat h, t he t er r or . And
t hen not hi ngness.
I t ' s over , Tyl er t hought . Then he cor r ect ed hi msel f . No.
The game i s
j ust begi nni ng. I t ' s t i me t o pl ay t he queen.
Chapt er Sevent een.
The l ast chess pi ece f el l i nt o pl ace by acci dent . Tyl er
had been
t hi nki ng about hi s f at her ' s wi l l , and he f el t out r aged
t hat Woody and
Kendal l wer e get t i ng an equal shar e of t he est at e wi t h
hi m. They don' t _
deser ve i t . I f i t had not been f or me, t hey bot h woul d
have been cut out
of t he wi l l compl et el y. They woul d have had not hi ng. I t ' s
not f ai r , but
what can I do about i t ? He had t he one shar e of st ock t hat
hi s mot her
had gi ven hi ml ong ago, and he r emember ed hi s f at her ' s
wor ds: ' do you
t hi nk he' s goi ng t o do wi t h t hat shar e? Take over t he
company?"
Toget her , Tyl er t hought , Woody and Kendal l have t wo- t hi r ds
of Fat her ' s
St anf or dunt er pr i ses st ock. How can I get cont r ol wi t h onl y
my one ext r a
shar e? And t hen t he answer came t o hi m, and i t was so
i ngeni ous t hat i t
st unned hi m. ' shoul d i nf or myou t hat t her e i s a
possi bi l i t y of anot her
hei r bei ng i nvol ved . . . Your f at her ' s wi l l speci f i cal l y
pr ovi des t hat
t he est at e i s t o be di vi ded equal l y among 203 hi s i ssue.
Your f at her
si r ed a chi l d by a gover ness who wor ked her e . . . ' I f J ul i a
showed up,
t her e woul d be f our of us, Tyl er t hought . And i f I coul d
cont r ol her
shar e, I woul d t hen havef i f t y per cent of Fat her ' s st ock
pl us t he one
per cent I al r eady own. I coul d t ake over St anf or d
Ent er pr i ses. I coul d
si t i n my f at her ' s chai r . Hi s next t hought was, Rosemar y
i s dead, and
she pr obabl y never t ol d her daught er who her f at her was.
Why does i t have
t o be t he r eal J ul i a St anf or d? The answer was Mar go
Posner . He had f i r st
encount er ed her t wo mont hs ear l i er , as cour t was cal l ed
i nt o sessi on.
The bai l i f f had t ur ned t o t he spect at or s i n t he cour t r oom.
' , oyez.
The Ci r cui t Cour t of Cook Count y i s now i n sessi on, t he
Honor abl e J udge
Tyl er St anf or d pr esi di ng. Al l r i se. ' Tyl er wal ked i n f r om
hi s chamber s
and sat down at t he bench. He l ooked down at t he docket - .
The f i r st case
was St at e of I l l i noi s v. Mar go Posner . The char ges wer e
assaul t and
at t empt ed mur der . The pr osecut i ng at t or ney r ose. ' Honor ,
t he def endant
i s a danger ous per son who shoul d be kept of f t he st r eet s
of Chi cago. The
St at e wi l l pr ove t hat t he def endant has a l ong cr i mi nal
hi st or y. She has
been convi ct ed of shopl i f t i ng, l ar ceny, and i s a known
pr ost i t ut e. She
was one of a st abl e of women wor ki ng f or a not or i ous pi mp
named Raf ael .
I n J anuar y of t hi s 204 year , t hey got i nt o an al t er cat i on
and t he
def endant wi l l f ul l y and col d- bl oodedl y shot hi mand hi s
compani on. ' I
Di d ei t her vi ct i mdi et Tyl er asked. ' , Your Honor .
They wer e hospi t al i zed wi t h ser i ous i nj ur i es. The gun i n
Mar go Posner ' s
possessi on was an i l l egal weapon. ' Tyl er t ur ned t o l ook at
t he
def endant , and be f el t a sense of sur pr i se. She di d not
f i t t ho- i mage of
what he had j ust hear d about her . She was a wel l - dr essed,
at t r act i ve
young woman i n her l at e t went i es, and t her e was a qui et
el egance about
her t hat compl et el y bel i ed t he char ges agai nst her . That
j ust goes t o
pr ove, Tyl er t hought wr yl y, you never know. He l i st ened t o
t he ar gument s
f r ombot h si des, but hi s eyes wer e dr awn t o t he def endant .
Ther e was
some- t hi ng about her t hat r emi nded hi mof hi s si st er .
When t he
summat i ons wer e f i ni shed t he case went t o t he j ur y, and i n
l ess t han
f our hour s t hey r et ur ned wi t h a ver di ct of gui l t y on al l
count s. Tyl er
l ooked down at t he def endant and sai d, ' cour t cannot f i nd
any
ext enuat i ng ci r cumst ances i n t hi s case. You ar e her ewi t h
sent enced t o.
f i ve year s at Dwi ght Cor r ect i onal Cent er . Next case. ' And
i t was not
unt i l Mar go Posner was bei ng l ed away t hat Tyl er r eal i zed
what i t was
about her t hat r emi nded hi mso much of Kendal l . She had
t he same dar k
gr ay eyes. The St anf or d eyes. 205 Tyl er di d not t hi nk
about Mar go Posner
agai n unt i l t he t el ephone cal l f r omDmi t r i . The begi nni ng
chess game had
been successf ul l y compl et ed. Tyl er had pl anned each move
car ef ul l y i n
hi s, mi nd. He' d used t he cl assi cal queen' s gambi t : Decl i ne
openi ng,
movi ng t he queen pawn t wo squar es. I t was t i me t o move
i nt o t he mi ddl e
game. Tyl er went t o vi si t Mar go Posner at t he women' s
pr i son. ' you
r emember met Tyl er asked. She st ar ed at hi m. ' coul d I
f or get you?
You' r e t he one who sent me t o t hi s pl ace. ' ' ar e you
get t i ng al ong?"
Tyl er asked. She gr i maced. ' must be ki ddi ng! I t ' s a
hel l hol e her e. "
" How woul d you l i ke t o get out t ' woul d I . . . ? Ar e you
ser i oust ' ' m
ver y ser i ous. I can ar r ange i t . ' ' , t hat . . . t hat ' s gr eat !
Thanks.
But what do I have t o do f or i t t ' , t her e i s somet hi ng I
want you t o do
f or me. ' She l ooked at hi m, f l i r t at i ousl y. ' . That ' s no
pr obl em. "
" That ' s not what I had i n mi nd. ' She sai d, war i l y, ' What
di d you have i n
mi nd, j udge?' ' want you t o hel p me pl ay a l i t t l ej oke on
someone. ' -
" What ki nd of j oke?' ' want you t o i mper sonat e someone. '
206
" I mper sonat e someone? I woul dn' t know how t o - ' ' ' s
t went y- f i ve t housand
dol l ar s i n i t f or you. ' Her expr essi on changed. ' , ' she
sai d qui ckl y. '
can i mper sonat e anyone. Who di d you have i n mi ndt Tyl er
l eaned f or war d
and began t o t al k. Tyl er had Mar go Posner r el eased i nt o
hi s cust ody. As
he expl ai ned t o Kei t h Per cy, t he chi ef j udge, ' l ear ned
t hat she' s a
ver y t al ent ed ar t i st , and she' s eager t o l i ve a nor mal ,
decent l i f e. I
t hi nk i t ' s i mpor t ant t hat we r ehabi l i t at e t hat t ype of
per son whenever
we can, don' t yout Kei t h was i mpr essed and sur pr i sed.
" Absol ut el y, Tyl er . That ' s a wonder f ul t hi ng you' r e
doi ng. ' Tyl er moved
Mar go i nt o hi s home and spent f i ve f ul l days br i ef i ng her
on t he
St anf or d f ami l y. ' ar e t he names of your br ot her st ' and
Woodr uf f . ' ' . '
' ' s r i ght - Woodr ow. ' ' do we cal l hi mt " Woody. ' ' you
have a si st er t ' .
Kendal l . She' s a desi gner . ' ' she mar r i ed?' ' ' s mar r i ed t o
a Fr enchman.
Hi s name i s . . . Mar c Renoi r . ' ' . ' 207 ' . ' ' was your
mot her ' s nar net
" Rosemar y Nel son. She was a gover ness t o t he St anf or d
chi l dr en. ' ' di d
she l eavet ' got knocked up by . . . ' ' ! ' Tyl er admoni shed
her .
" I mean, she became pr egnant by Har r y St anf or d. ' '
happened t o Mr s.
St anf or dt ' commi t t ed sui ci de. ' ' di d your mot her t el l you
about t he
St anf or d chi l dr ent Mar go st opped t o t hi nk f or a mi nut e. '
" Ther e was t he
t i me you f el l out of t he swan boat . ' ' di dn' t f al l out ! "
Tyl er sai d. '
al most f el l out . ' ' . Woody al most got ar r est ed f or pi cki ng
f l ower s i n
t he Publ i c Gar den. ' ' was Kendal l . . . ' He was r ut hl ess.
They went over
t he scenar i o agai n and agai n, l at e i nt o t he ni ght s, unt i l
Mar go was
exhaust ed. ' was bi t t en by a dog. ' ' was bi t t en by t he
dog. ' She r ubbed
her eyes. ' can' t t hi nk st r ai ght anymor e. I ' mso t i r ed. I
need some
sl eep. ' ' can sl eep l at er ! ' ' l ong i s t hi s goi ng t o go ont
she asked
def i ant l y. 208 ' ' I t hi nk you' r e r eady. Now l et ' s go
t hr ough i t agai n. '
And on i t went , over an dover , unt i l Mar go became l et t er
per f ect . When
t he day f i nal l y - ar r i ved t hat she knew t he answer t o
ever y quest i on
Tyl er asked, he was sat i sf i ed. ' ' r e r eady, ' he sai d. He
handed her some
l egal document s.
" What ' s t hi st ' ' s j ust a t echni cal i t y, ' Tyl er sai d
casual l y. What he had
her si gn was a paper gi vi ng her shar e of t he St anf or d
est at e t o a
cor por at i on cont r ol l ed by a second cor por at i on, whi ch i n
t ur n was
cont r ol l ed by an of f shor e subsi di ar y - of whi ch Tyl er
St anf or d was t he
sol e owner . Ther e was no way t hey coul d t r ace t he
t r ansact i on back t o
Tyl er . Tyl er handed Mar go f i ve t housand, dol l ar s i n cash.
' ' l l get t he
bal ance when t he j ob i s done, ' he t ol d her . ' convi nce
t hemt hat you' r e
J ul i a St anf or d. ' Fr omt he moment Mar go had appear ed at
Rose Hi l l , Tyl er
had pl ayed t he devi l ' s advocat e. I t was t he cl assi c
ant i posi t i onal chess
move. I r msur e you can under st and our posi t i on, Mi ss . . .
er . . . Wi t hout
some Posi t i ve pr oof , t her e' s no way . . . I t hi nk t he l ady
i s af r aud . . . '
many ser vant s wor ked i n t hi s house when we wer e chi l dr en?
. . . Dozens,
r i ght ? And some of t hemwoul d have known ever yt hi ng t hi s
young l ady t ol d
us . . . 209 Any one of t hemcoul d have gi ven her t hat
phot ogr aph Let ' s
not f or get t hat t her e' s an enor mous amount Of money
i nvol ved' Hi s
cr owni ng move had been when he had demanded a DNA t est . He
had cal l ed
Hal Baker and gi ven hi mhi s new i nst r uct i ons: ' up Har r y
St anf or d' s body
and di spose of i t . ' And t hen hi s i nspi r at i on of cal l i ng i n
a pr i vat e
det ect i ve. Wi t h t he f ami l y pr esent , he had t el ephoned t he
di st r i ct
at t or ney' s of f i ce i n Chi cago.
" Thi s i s J udge Tyl er St anf or d I under st and t hat your
of f i ce r et ai ns a
pr i vat e det ect i ve f r omt i me t o t i me who does excel l ent
wor kf or you. Hi s
name i s somet hi ng l i ke Si mmons or - ' ' , you must mean
Fr ank Ti mmons. "
" Ti mmons! Yes, t hat ' s i t . I wonder i f you coul d gi ve me
hi s t el ephone
number so I can cont act hi mdi r ect l y?' I nst ead, he had
summoned Hal
Baker and i nt r oduced hi mas Fr ank Ti mmons. At f i r st Tyl er
had pl anned
f or Hal Baker mer el y t o pr et end t o go t hr ough t he mot i ons
of checki ng on
J ul i a St anf or d, but t hen he deci ded i t woul d make a mor e
i mpr essi ve
r epor t i f Baker r eal l y pur sued i t . The f ami l y had accept ed
Baker ' s
f i ndi ngs wi t hout quest i on. Tyl er ' s pl an had gone of f
wi t hout a hi t ch.
Mar go Posner had pl ayed her par t per f ect l y, and t he
f i nger pr i nt s had
been t he cr owni ng t ouch. Ever yone was convi nced t hat she
was t he r eal
J ul i a St anf or - d. 210 7, f or one, amgl ad i t ' s f i nal l y
set t l ed Let me go
up and see i f she needs any hel p. ' He went upst ai r s and
wal ked al ong t he
cor r i dor t o J ul i a' s r oom. He knocked at her door and
cal l ed l oudl y,
Vul i a?' ' ' s open. Come i n. ' He st ood i n t he door way and
t hey st ar ed
si l ent l y at each ot her . And t hen Tyl er car ef ul l y cl osed
t he door , hel d
out hi s hands, and br oke i nt o a st bw gr i mWhen he spoke,
he sai d, ' di d
i t , Mar go! We di d i t ! "
Chapt er Ei ght een.
I n t he of f i ces of Renqui st , Renqui st & Fi t zger al d, St eve
Sl oane and
Si mon Fi t zger al d wer e havi ng cof f ee. ' t he gr eat har d once
sai d,
" Somet hi ng i s r ot t en i n t he st at e of Denmar k. " ' ' ' s
bot her i ng you?"
Fi t zger al d asked. St eve si ghed. ' ' mnot sur e. I t ' s t he
St anf or d f ami l y.
They puzzl e me! Si mon Fi t zger al d snor t ed. ' t he cl ub. ' '
keep comi ng
back t o t he same quest i on, Si mon, but I can' t f i nd t he
answer t o i t - . '
' ' s t he quest i on?' ' f ami l y was anxi ous t o exhume Har r y
St anf or d' s body
so t hey coul d check hi s DNA agai nst t he woman' s. So I
t hi nk we have t o
assume t hat t he onl y possi bl e mot i ve f or get t i ng r i d of
t he body woul d
be t o ensur e t hat t he woman' s DNA coul d not be checked
agai nst Har r y
St anf or d' s. The onl y one who coul d have anyt hi ng t o gai n
f r omt hat woul d
be t he woman her sel f , i f she wer e a f r aud! ' . ' ' yet t hi s
pr i vat e
det ect i ve, Fr ank Ti mmons - I 212 checked wi t h t he di st r i ct
at t or ney' s
- ) f f i ce i n Chi cago, and he has a gr eat r eput at i on - ca i e
up wi t h
f i nger pr i nt s t hat pr ove she i s t he r eal 3ul i a St anf or d. ,
My quest i on i s,
who t he hel l dug up Har r y St anf or d' s body and whyt " That ' s
a
bi l l i on- dol l ar quest i on. I f . . The i nt er combuzzed. A
secr et ar y' s voi ce
came over t he box. ' . Sl oane, t her e' s- a cal l f or you on
t wo. , St eve
Sl oane pi cked up t he t el ephone on t he desk. ' . .
The voi ce on t he ot her end of t he l i ne sai d, ' . Sl oane,
t hi s i s J udge
St anf or d. I woul d appr eci at e i t i f you coul d dr op by Rose
Hi l l t hi s
mor ni ng. ' St eve Sl oane gl anced at Fi t zger al d. ' . I n about
an hour t " That
wi l l be f i ne. Thank you. ' St eve r epl aced t he r ecei ver . '
pr esence i s
r equest ed at t he St anf or d house. ' ' wonder what t hey
want . "
" Ten t o one t hey want t o speed up t he pr obat e so t hey can
get t hei r
hands on al l - t hat beaut i f ul money. ' ' ? I t ' s Tyl er . How ar e
yout " Fi ne,
t hanks. ' ' r eal l y mi ss you. ' Ther e was a sl i ght pause. '
mi ss you t oo,
Tyl er . ' The wor ds t hr i l l ed hi m. ' , I have some r eal l y
exci t i ng news. I
can' t di scuss i t over t he phone. , but i t ' s 213 somet hi ng
t hat ' s goi ng t o
make you ver y happy. When you and I - ' ' , I have t o go.
Someone' s
wai t i ng f or me. ' ' . . . I The l i ne went dead.
Tyl er sat t her e a moment . Then he t hought , He woul dn' t
have sai d he
mi ssed me i f he di dn' t mean i t . Wi t h t he except i on of
Woody and Peggy,
t he f ami l y was gat her ed i n t he dr awi ng r oomat Rose Hi l l .
St eve st udi ed
t hei r f aces. J udge St anf or d seemed ver y r el axed. St eve
Sl anced at
Kendal l . She seemed unnat ur al l y t ense. Her husband had
come up f r omNew
Yor k t he day bef or e f or t he meet i ng. St eve l ooked over at
Mar c. The
Fr enchman was good- l ooki ng, a f ew year s younger t han hi s
wi f e. And t hen
t her e was J ul i a. She seemed t o be t aki ng her accept ance
i nt o t he f ami l y
ver y cal ml y. I woul d have expect ed someone who had j ust
i nher i t ed a
bi l l i on dol l ar s or so t o be a l i t t l e mor e exci t ed, St eve
t hought . He
gl anced at t hei r f aces agai n, wonder i ng i f one of t hemwas
r esponsi bl e
f or havi ng Har r y St anf or d' s body st ol en, and i f so, whi ch
one? And why' ?
Tyl er was speaki ng. ' . Sl oane, I ' mf ami l i ar wi t h t he
pr obat e l aws i n
I l l i noi s, but I don' t know how much t hey di f f er f r omt he
l aws i n
Massachuset t s. We 214 wer e wonder i ng whet her t her e -
wasn' t some way t o
expedi t e t he pr ocedur e. ' St eve smi l ed t o hi msel f . I shoul d
have made
Si nwn t ake t hat bet . He t ur ned t o Tyl er . ' ' r e al r eady
wor ki ng on i t ,
J udge St anf or d. ' Tyl er sai d poi nt edl y, ' St anf or d name
mi ght be usef ul
i n speedi ng t hi ngs up. ' He' s r i ght about t hat , St eve
t hought . He nodded.
' ' l l do ever yt hi ng I can. I f i t ' s at al l possi bl e t o Ther e
wer e voi ces
f r omt he st ai r case. ' shut up, you st upi d bi t ch! I don' t
want t o hear
anot her wor d. Do you under st andt Woody and Peggy came down
t he st ai r s
and i nt o t he r oom. Peggy' s f ace was badl y swol l en, and she
had a bl ack
eye. Woody was gr i nni ng, and hi s eyes wer e br i ght . ' ,
ever ybody. I hope
t he par t y' s not over . ' The gr oup was l ooki ng at Peggy i n
shock. Kendal l
r ose. ' happened t o yout ' . I . . . I bumped i nt o a door . '
Woody t ook a
seat . Peggy sat next t o hi m. Woody pat t ed her hand and
asked
sol i ci t ousl y, ' you al l r i ght , my dear t Peggy nodded, not
t r ust i ng
her sel f t o speak. ' . ' Woody t ur ned t o t he ot her s. ' , what
di d I mi ss?'
Tyl er l ooked at hi mdi sappr ovi ngl y. ' j ust asked Mr .
Sl oane i f he coul d
expedi t e t he pr obat i ng of t he wi l l . ' Woody gr i nned.
" That woul d be ni ce. ' He t ur ned t o 215 Peggy. ' ' d l i ke
some new cl ot hes,
woul dn' t you, dar l i ngt ' don' t need any new cl ot hes, ' she
sai d t i mi dl y.
' ' s r i ght . You don' t go anywher e, do yout He t ur ned t o t he
ot her s. ' i s
ver y shy. She doesn' t have anyt hi ng t o t al k about , do yout
Peggy got up
and r an out of t he r oom. ' ' l l see i f she' s al l r i ght , '
Kendal l sai d. She
r ose and hur r i ed af t er her . My Godf St eve t hought . I f
Woody behaves l i ke
t hi s i n f r ont of ot her s, what must i t be l i ke when he and
hi s wi f e ar e
al one? Woody t ur ned t o St eve. ' l ong have you been wi t h
Fi t zger al d' s l aw
f i r mt , ' year s. ' ' t hey coul d st and wor ki ng f or my f at her ,
I ' l l never
know. ' St eve sai d car ef ul l y, ' undei st and your f at her was
. . . coul d be
di f f i cul t . ' Woody snor t ed.
. ' Di f f i cul t ? He was a t wo- l egged monst er . Di d you know he
had ni cknames
f or al l of us? Mi ne was Char l i e. He named me af t er Char l i e
Mccar t hy, a
dummy t hat a vent r i l oqui st named Edgar Ber gen had. He
cal l ed my si st er
Pony, because he sai d she had a f ace l i ke a hor se. Tyl er
was cal l ed . .
. ' St eve sai d, uncomf or t abl y, ' r eal l y don' t t hi nk you
shoul d - ' Woody
gr i nned. ' ' s al l r i ght . A bi l l i on dol l ar s heal s a l ot of
wounds. ' 216
St eve r ose. ' , i f t her es not hi ng el se, I t hi nk I had
bet t er be goi ng. '
He coul d not wai t t o get out si de, i nt o t he f r esh ai r .
Kendal l f ound
Peggy i n t he bat hr oom, put t i ng a col d cl ot h t o her swol l en
cheek.
" Peggy9 Ar e you al l r i ght ?' Peggy t ur ned. ' ' mf i ne. Thank
you. I . . . I ' m
sor r y about what happened down t her e. ' - - ' ' r e
apol ogi zi ng?. You shoul d
be f ur i ous. How l ong has he been beat i ng YOUT ' doesn' t
beat me, ' Peggy
sai d obst i nat el y. 11 bumped i nt o a door . ' Kendal l moved
cl oser t o her .
' , why do you put up wi t h t hi s? You don' t have t o, you
know. ' Ther e was
a pause. ' , I do. ' Kendal l l ooked at her , puzzl ed. ' She
t umea. ' I l ove
hi m. ' She went on, t he wor ds pour i ng out . ' l oves me, t oo.
Bel i eve me,
he doesn' t al ways act l i ke t hi s. The t hi ng i s, he - some-
t i mes he' s not
hi msel f . ' ' mean, when he' s on dr ugs. ' 6NO3 ' . . ' ! ' ' . .
Peggy
hesi t at ed. ' suppose so. ' ' di d i t st ar t t ' . . . r i ght
af t er we got
mar r i ed. " Peggy' s voi ce 217 was r agged. ' st ar t ed because
of a pol o
game. Woody f el l of f hi s pony and was badl y hur t . Whi l e he
was i n t he
hospi t al , t hey gave hi mdr ugs t o hel p wi t h t he pai n. Aey
got hi m
st ar t ed. ' She l ooked at Kendal l , pl eadi ngl y. ' you see, i t
wasn' t hi s
f aul t , was i t ? Af t er Woody got out of t he hospi t al , he . . .
he kept on
usi ng dr ugs. Whenever I t r i ed t o get hi mt o qui t , he woul d
. . . beat me. '
' , f or God' s sake!
He needs hel p! Don' t you see t hat ? You can' t do t hi s
al one. He' s a dr ug
addi ct . What does he t ake? Cocamet ' . ' Ther e was a smal l
si l ence.
" Her oi n. ' ' God! Can' t you make hi mget some hel p?' ' ' ve
t r i ed. ' Her
voi ce was a whi sper . ' don' t know how I ' ve t r i ed! He' s
gone t o t hr ee
r ehabi l i t at i on hospi t al s. ' She shook her head. ' ' s al l
r i ght f or a
whi l e, and t hen . . . he st ar t s agai n. He . . . he can' t hel p
i t . ' Kendal l
put her ar ms ar ound Peggy. ' ' mso sor r y, ' she sai d. Peggy
f or ced a
smi l e. ' ' msur e Woody wi l l be al l t i ght . He' s t r yi ng har d.
He r eal l y
i s. ' Her f ace l i t up. ' we wer e f i r st mar r i ed, he was so
much f un t o be
wi t h. We used t o l augh al l t he t i me. He woul d br i ng me
l i t t l e pr esent s
and Her eyes f i l l ed wi t h t ear s. ' l ove hi mso much! ' '
t her e' s anyt hi ng
I can do. . ' you, ' Peggy whi sper ed. ' appr eci at e t hat . '
Kendal l squeezed
her hand. ' ' l l t al k agai n. ' 218 Kendal l st ar t ed down t he
st ai r s t o j o .
t he ot her s. She was t hi nki ng, When we wer e chi l dr en,
bef 6r e Mot her di ed,
we made such wonder f ul pkms ' ' r e goi ng t o be a f amous
desi gner , Si s, and
r mgoi ng t o be t he wor l d' s gr eat est at hl et e! ' And t he sad
par t of i t ,
Kendal l t hought , i s t hat he coul d have been. And now t hi s.
- Kendal l was
not sur e i f she f el t - mor e sor r y f or Woody or f or Peggy. As
Kendal l
r eached t he bot t omof t he st ai r s, Cl ar k appr oached her ,
car r yi ng a t r ay
wi t h a l et t er on, i t .
" Excuse me, Mi ss. Kendal l . A messenger j ust del i ver ed t hi s
f or you. ' He
handed her t he envel ope. Kendal l l ooked at i t i n sur pr i se.
' . . . T She
nodded. ' you, Cl ar k. ' Kendal l opened t he envel ope, and as
she began t o
r ead t he l et t er , she t ur ned pal e. ' ! ' she sai d, under her
br eat h. Her
hear t was poundi ng, and she f el t a wave of di zzi ness. She
st ood t her e,
br aci ng her sel f agai nst a t abl e, t r yi ng t o cat ch her
br eat h. Af t er a
moment , she t ur ned and wal ked i nt o t he dr awi ng, r oom, her
f ace pal e. The
meet i ng was br eaki ng up. ' . . . ' Kendal l f or ced her sel f t o
appear cal m. '
I see you f or a moment t - He l ooked at her , concer ned. ' ,
cer t ai nl y. '
Tyl er asked Kendal l , ' you al l r i ght ?" She f or ced a smi l e.
' ' mf i ne,
t hank you. ' She t ook Mar c' s hand and l ed- hi mupst ai r s.
When 219 t hey
ent er ed t he bedr oom, Kendal l cl osed t he door . Mar c sai d, '
i s i f f
Kendal l handed hi mt he envel ope. The l et t er r ead: Dear
Mr s. Renaud@
Congr at ul at i ons! Our Wi l d Ani mal Pr ot ect i on Associ at i on
was del i ght ed t o
r ead of your good f or t une. We know how i nt er est ed you ar e
i n t he wor k we
ar e doi ng, and we ar e count i ng on your f ur t her suppor t .
Ther ef or e, we
woul d appr eci at e i t i f you woul d deposi t I mi l l i on US
dol l ar s i n our ,
number ed bank account i n Zur i ch wi t hi n t he next t en days
We l ook f or war d
t o hear i ng f r omyou shor t l y. As i n t he ot her l et t er s, al l
t he Es wer e
br oken. ' bast ar ds! ' Mar c expl oded. - ' di d t hey know I
was her et
Kendal l asked. Mar c sai d bi t t er l y, ' t hey had t o do was
pi ck up a
newspaper . ' He r ead t he l et t er agai n and shook hi s head. '
ar en' t goi ng
t o qui t . We have t o go t o t he pol i ce. ' ' ! ' Kendal l
cr i ed. ' Wecan' t ! I t ' s
t oo l at e! Don' t you see? I t woul d be t he end of
ever yt hi ng. Ever yt hi ng! '
Mar c t ook her i n hi s ar ms and hel d her t i ght l y. ' r i ght .
We' l l f i nd a
way. ' But Kendal l knew t hat t her e was no way. 220 I t had
happened a f ew
mont hs ear l i er , on what had st ar t ed out t o be a gl or i ous
spr i ng day.
Kendal l had gone t o a f r i end' s bi r t hday par t y i n
Ri dgef i el d,
Connect i cut . I t had been a wonder f ul par t y, and Kendal l
had chat t ed wi t h
ol d f r i ends. She had had a gl ass of champagne. I n t he
mi ddl e of a
conver sat i on, she had suddenl y l ooked at her wat ch. ' , no!
I had no i dea
i t was so l at e.
Mar c i s wai t i ng f or me. ' Ther e wer e hast y good- byes, and
Ket i aal l had
got t en i nt o her car and dr i ven of f . Dr i vi ng back t o New
Yor k, she had
deci ded t o t ake a wi ndi ng count r y r oad over t o 1684. 1 She
was t r avel i ng
at al most f i f t y mi l es per hour as she r ounded a shar p
cur ve and spot t ed
a car par ked on t he r i ght si de of t he r oad. Kendal l
aut omat i cal l y
swer ved t o t he l ef t . At t hat moment , a woman car r yi ng a
handf ul of
f r eshl y pi cked f l ower s st ar t ed t o cr oss t he nar r ow r oad.
Kendal l t r i ed
f r ant i cal l y t o avoi d her , but i t was t oo l at e. Ever yt hi ng
seemed t o
happen i n a bl ur . She hear d a si ckeni ng t hud as she hi t
t he woman wi t h
her l ef t f r ont f ender . Kendal l br ought t he car t o a
scr eechi ng st op, her
whol e body t r embl i ng vi ol ent l y. She r an back t o wher e t he
woman was
l yi ng i n t he r oad, cover ed wi t h bl ood. Kendal l st ood
t her e, f r ozen.
Fi nal l y she bent down and t ur ned t he woman over , and
l ooked i nt o her
si ght l ess eyes. ' , my God! ' Kendal l whi sper ed. - She f el t
t he bi l e
r i si ng i n her t hr oat . She l ooked up, desper at e, not
knowi ng what t o do.
She swung ar ound i n a pani c. Ther e wer e no car s i n si ght .
She' s dead,
Kendal l 22j , t hought . I can' t hel p her . Thi s was not my
f aul t , but
t hey' l l accuse me of r eckl ess dni nk dr i vi ng. My bl ood wi l l
show al cohol .
hi go t o pr i son! ' She t ook one l ast l ook at t he body of
t he woman, t hen
hur r i ed back t o her car . The l ef t f r ont f ender was dent ed,
and t her e
wer e bl ood spot s on i t . I ' ve got t o put t he car away i n a
gar age,
Kendal l t hought . The pol i ce wi l l be sear chi ng f or i t . She
got i nt o t he
car and dr ove of f . For t he r est of t he dr i ve i nt o New
Yor k, she kept
l ooki ng i nt o t he r ear vi ew mi r r or , expect i ng t o see
f l ashi ng r ed l i ght s
and t o hear t he sound of a si r en. She dr ove i nt o t he
gar age on
Ni net y- si xt h St r eet wher e she kept her car . Sam, t he owner
of t he
gar age, was t al ki ng t o@Red, hi s mechani c. Kendal l got out
of t he car .
" Eveni n' , Mr s. Renaud, ' Samsai d. ' . . . Good eveni ng. ' She
was@f i ght i ng
t o keep her t eet h f r omchat t er i ng. ' i t away f or t he
ni ght ?' ' . . . yes,
pl ease. ' Red was l ooki ng at t he f ender . ' got a bad dent
her e, Mr s.
Renaud. Looks l i ke t her e' s bl ood on i t . ' The t wo men wer e
l ooki ng at
her . Kendal l t ook a deep br eat h. ' . I . . . I hi t a deer on
t he hi ghway. '
' ' r e l ucky i t di dn' t do mor e damage, ' Samsai d. ' f r i end
of mi ne hi t a
deer and i t r ui ned hi s car . ' He gr i nned. ' ' t do much f or
t he deer
ei t her . ' 222 , you' l l j ust put i t away, ' Kendal l , sai d
t i ght l y. ' . '
Kendal l wal ked over t o t he gar age door , t hen l ooked back.
The t wo men
wer e st ar i ng at t he f ender . When Kendal l got home and t ol d
Mar c about t he
t er r i bl e t hi ng t hat had happened, he t ook her i n hi s ar ms
and sai d, ' Oh,
my God! Dar l i ng, how coul d . . . T Kendal l was sobbi ng.
" I . . . I coul d( I n' t hel p i t . She st ar t ed acr oss t he r oad
r i ght i n f r ont
of me. She . . . she had been pi cki ng f l ower s and ' ! I ' m
sur e i t wasn' t
your f aul t . I t was an acci dent . We' ve got t o r epor t t hi s
t o t he pol i ce. "
- 11 know. You' r e r i ght . I . @. . I shoul d have st ayed
t her e and wai t ed
f or t hemt o come. I j ust . . . pani cked, Mar c. Now i f s a
hi t - and- r un. But
t her e wasn' t anyt hi ng I coul d do f or her . She was dead.
You shoul d have
seen her f ace. I t was awf ul . ' He hel d her f or a l ong t i me,
unt i l she
qui et ed down. When Kendal l spoke, she sai d t ent at i vel y, '
. . . do we have
t o go t o t he pol i cet He f r owned. ' do you men?' She was
f i ght i ng
hyst er i a. ' , i t ' s over , i sn' t i t ? Not hi ng can br i ng her
back. What good
woul d i t do f or t hemt o puni sh me? I di dn' t mean t o do i t .
Why coul dn' t
we j ust pr et end i t never happenedt ' , i f t hey ever t r aced
- ' - ' can
t hey? Ther e was no one ar ound. . ' ' about your car ? Was i t
damagedt 223
' ' s a dent . I t ol d t he gar age at t endant I hi t a deer . ' She
was f i ght i ng
f or cont r ol . ' , no one saw t he acci dent . Do you know what
woul d happen
t o me i f t hey ar r est ed me and sent me t o pr i son? I ' d l ose
my busi ness,
ever yt hi ng I ' ve bui l t up al l t hese year s, and f or what ?
For somet hi ng
t hat ' s al r eady done! I t ' s over ! ' She began t o sob agai n.
He hel d her
cl ose. ' ! We' l l see. We' l l see. ' The mor ni ng paper s gave
t he st or y a bi g
pl ay. What gave i t added dr ama was t he f act t hat t he dead
woman had been
on her way t o Manhat t an t o be mar r i ed. The New Yor k Ti mes
cover ed i t as
a st r ai ght news st or y, but t he Dai l y News and Newsday
pl ayed i t up as a
hear t - t uggi ng dr ama: Kendal l bought a copy of each
newspaper , and she
became mor e and mor e hor r i f i ed at what she had done. Her
mi nd was f i l l ed
wi t h al l t he t er r i bl e i f s. i f I hadn' t gone t o
Connect i cut - f or
my- f r i ends bi r t hday . . . I f I had st ayed home t hat day . . .
I f I hadn' t
had anyt hi ng t o dr i nk.
. I f t he woman had pi cked t he f l ower s a f ew seconds
ear l i er or a f ew
seconds l at er . . . r mr esponsi bl e f or mur der i ng anot her
human bei ng!
Kendal l t hought of t he t er r i bl e gr i ef she had caused t he
woman' s f ami l y,
and her f r anck' s f ami l y, and she f el t si ck t o her st omach
agai n.
Accor di ng t o t he newspaper s, t he pol i ce wer e aski ng 224
f or i nf or mat i on
f r omanyone who mi ght have a cl ue about t he hi t - and- r un.
They have no
way of f i ndi ng me, Kendal l t hought . Al l I have t o do i s act
as i f not hi ng
happened. ' When Kendal l went t o t he gar age t o pi ck up her
car t he next
mor ni ng, Red was t her e. 11 wi ped t he bl ood of f t he car , '
he- . sai d. ' you
want me t o f i x t he dent t . Of cour se! She shoul d have
t hought of i t
sooner . ' , pl ease. ' Red was l ooki ng at her st r angel y. Or
was i t her
i magi nat i on? ' and I t al ked about i t l ast ni ght , ' he sai d.
I t ' s f unny,
you know. A deer shoul d have done a l ot mor e damage. 9 1 .
Kendal l ' s hear t began t o beat wi l dl y. Her mout h was
I suddenl y so dr y she
coul d har dl y speak. . ' I t was . . . a smal l deer . ' Red nodded
l aconi cal l y. ' Must have been r eal smal l . ' Kendal l coul d
f eel hi s eyes on
her as she dr ove out of t he gar age. When Kendal l wal ked
i nt o her of f i ce
her secr et ar y, Nadi ne, t ook one l ook at her and sai d, '
happened t o yout
Kendal l f r oze. ' . . . what do you meant ' l ook shaky. Let
me get you some
cof f ee. ' ' . ' 225 Kendal l wal ked over t o t he mi r r or .
Her f ace l ooked pal e and dr awn. They' r e goi ng t o know j ust
by l ooki ng at
me! Nadi ne came i nt o t he of f i ce wi t h a cup of hot cof f ee.
' . Thi s wi l l
make you f eel bet t er . ' She l ooked at Kendal l cur i ousl y. '
ever yt hi ng al l
r i ght ?' ' . . . I had a l i t t l e acci dent yest er day, " Kendal l
sai d. ' ? Was
anyone hur t ?' I n her mi nd, she coul d see t he f ace of t he
dead woman. ' .
I . . . I hi t a deer . ' ' about your car ?"
" I t ' s bei ng r epai r ed. ' ' ' l l cal l your i nsur ance company. '
' , no, Nadi ne,
pl ease don' t . ' Kendal l saw t he sur pr i sed l ook i n Nadi ne' s
eyes.
I t was t wo days l at er t hat t he f i r st l et t er came: Dear
Mr s. Ren=4 r mt he
chai r man of t he Wi l d Ani mal Pr ot ect i on Associ at i on, whi ch
i s i n
desper at e need, I ' msur e t hat you woul d l i ke t o hel p us
out . The
or gani zat i on needs money t o pr eser ve wi l d ani mal s. We ar e
especi al l y
i nt er est ed i n deer . You can wi r e $50, 000 t o " count number
804072- A at
t he Cr edi t Sui sse bank i n Zur i ch. I woul d st r ongl y suggest
t hat t he
money be t her e wi t hi n t he next f i ve days. 226 I t was
unsi gned. Al l t he Es
i n t he l et t er wer e br oken. Encl osed i n t he envel ope was a
newspaper
cl i ppi ng about t he acci dent . Kendal l r ead t he l et t er
t wi ce. The t hr eat
was unmi st akabl e. She agoni zed over what t o do. Mar c was
r i ght , she
t hought . I shoul d have gone t o t he pol i ce. But now
ever yt hi ng was wor se.
She was a f ugi t i ve. I f t hey f ound her now, i t woul d mean
pr i son and
di sgr ace, as wel l as t he end of her busi ness. At
l uncht i me, she went t o
her bank. ' want t o wi r e f i f t y t housand dol l ar s t o
Swi t zer l and. ' When
Kendal l got home t hat eveni ng, she showed t he l et t er t o
Mar c. He was
st unned. ' God! ' he sai d. ' coul d have sent t hi st ' . . .
nobody knows. '
She was t r embl i ng. ' , someone knows. ' Her body was
t wi t chi ng. ' " her e was
no one ar ound, Mar c! I ' a mi nut e. Let ' s t r y t o f i gur e
t hi s out . Exact l y
what happened when you r et ur ned t o t ownr " Not hi ng. I . . . I
put t he car
i n t he gar age, and She st opped. ' got a bad dent her e,
Mr s. Renaud.
Looks l i ke t her e' s bl ood on i t . ' Mar c saw t he expr essi on
on her f ace.
' ?' She sai d sl owl y, ' owner of t he gar age and hi s
mechani c wer e t her e.
They saw t he bl ood on t he f ender . I t ol d t hemI hi t a
deer , and t hey
sai d t her e 227 shoul d have been a l ot mor e damage. ' She
r emember ed
somet hi ng el se. ' . . CYCST " Nadi ne, my secr et ar y. I t ol d
her t he same
t hi ng. I coul d see t hat she di dn' t bel i eve me ei t her . So
i t had t o be
one of t he t hr ee of t hem. " " No, ' Mar c sai d sl owl y. She
st ar ed at hi m. '
do you meanr ' down, Kendal l , and l i st en t o me. I f any of
t hemwas
suspi ci ous of you, t hey coul d have t ol d your st or y t o a
dozen peopl e.
The r epor t of t he acci dent has been i n al l t he newspaper s.
Someone has
put t wo and t wo t oget her . I t hi nk t he l et t er was a bl uf f ,
t est i ng you.
I t was a t er r i bl e mi st ake t o send t hat money. ' ' whyt '
now t hey know
you' r e gui l t y, don' t you see? You' ve gi ven t hemt he pr oof
t hey needed. '
' , God! What shoul d I dot Kendal l asked. Mar c Renaud was
t hought f ul f or
a moment . ' have an i dea how we can f i nd out who t hese
bast ar ds ar e. ' At
t en o' cl ock t he f ol l owi ng mor ni ng, Kendal l and Mar c wer e
seat ed i n t he
of f i ce of Russel l Gi bbons, vi ce pr esi dent of t he Manhat t an
Fi r st
Secur i t y Bank. ' what can I do f or you, t odayt Mr . Gi bbons
asked. Mar c
sai d, ' woul d l i ke t o check on a number ed bank account i n
Zur i ch. ' GYest
228 Ve want t o know whose account i t i s. ' - Gi bbons r ubbed
hi s hands
acr oss hi s chi n. ' t her e a cr i me i nvol vedt Mar c sai d
qui ckl y, ' ! Why do
you ask?' ' , unl ess t her e' s some ki nd of cr i mi nal
act i vi t y, such as
l aunder i ng money or br eaki ng t he l aws of Swi t zer l and or
t he Uni t ed
St at es, Swi t zer l and wi l l not vi ol at e t he secr ecy of i t s
number ed bank
account s. Thei r r eput at i on i s bui l t on conf i dent i @i i t y: ' ,
t her e' s some
way t o . . . T gi l msor r y. I ' maf r ai d not . ' Kendal l and Mar c
l ooked at
each ot her .
Kendal l ' s f ace was f i l l ed wi t h despai r . Mar c r ose. ' you
f or your t i me. '
41@msor r y I coul dn' t hel p you. ' He usher ed t hemout of
hi s of f i ce. %
When Kendal l dr ove i nt o t he gar age t hat eveni ng, nei t her
Samnor Red was
ar ound. Kendal l par ked her car , and as she passed t he
l i t t l e of f i ce,
t hr ough t he wi ndow she saw a t ypewr i t er on a st and. She
st opped, st ar i ng
at i t , wonder i ng i f i t had a br oken l et t er E. I have t o
f i nd out , she
t hought . She wal ked over t o t he of f i ce, hesi t at ed a
moment , t hen opened
t he door and st epped i nsi de. As she moved t owar d t he
t ypewr i t er , Sam
suddenl y appear ed out of nowher e. 4 " Eveni n' , Mr s.
Renaud, ' he sai d. ' I
hel p you?' She spun ar ound, st ar t l ed. ' . I . . . I j ust l ef t
my 229 111@
car . Good ni ght . ' - She hur r i ed t owar d t he door . ' ni ght ,
Mr s. Renaud. '
I n t he mor ni ng, when Kendal l passed t he gar age of f i ce, t he
t ypewr i t er
was gone. I n i t s pl ace was a per sonal comput er . Samsaw
her st ar i ng at .
i t . ' , huh? I deci ded t o br i ng t hi s pl ace i nt o t he
t went i et h cent ur y. '
Now t hat he coul d af f or d i t ? When Kendal l t ol d Mar c about
i t t hat
eveni ng, he sai d t hought f ul l y, ' ' s a possi bi l i t y, but we
need pr oof . '
Monday mor ni ng, when Kendal l went t o her of f i ce, Nadi ne
was wai t i ng f or
her . ' you f eel i ng bet t er , Mr s. Renaudt ' . Thank you. ' - '
was my
bi r t hday. Look what my husband got me! ' She wal ked over
- t o, a cl oset
and pul l ed out a l uxur i ous mi nk coat . ' ' t i t beaut i f ul ?"
Chapt er Ni net een.
J ul i a St anf or d enj oyed havi ng Sal l y as a r oommat e. She was
al ways upbeat
and f un and @heer f ul . She had had a bad mar r i age and had
swor n never t o
get i nvol ved wi t h a man agai n. J ul i a wasn' t sur e what
Sal l y' s def i ni t i on
of never was, because she seemed t o be out wi t h a
di f f er ent man ever y
week. ' men ar e t he best , ' Sal l y phi l osophi zed. ' f eel
gui l t y, so
t hey' r e al ways buyi ng you pr esent s. Wi t h a si ngl e man, you
have t o- ask
your sel f , why i s he st i l l si ngl et She sai d t o J ul i a, '
ar en' t dat i ng
anyone, ar e YOUT ' . ' J ul i a t hought of t he men who had
want ed t o t ake her
out . ' don' t want t o go out j ust f or t he sake of goi ng
out , Sal l y. I
have t o be wi t h someone I r eal l y car e about . ' ' , have I
got a man f or
you! ' Sal l y' sai d. ' ' r e goi ng t o l ove hi m! Hi s name i s Tony
Vi net t i . I
t ol d hi mal l about you, and he' s dyi ng t o meet you. ' '
r eal l y don' t
t hi nk - ' ' ' l l pi ck you up t omor r ow ni ght at ei ght
o' cl ock. ' 231 Tony
Vi net t i was t al l , ver y t al l , i n an appeal i ng, ungai nl y
way. Hi s hai r was
t hi ck and dar k, and hi s smi l e expl oded di sar mi ngl y as he
l ooked at
J ul i a. ' wasn' t exagger at i ng. You' r e a knockout ! ' ' you, '
J ul i a sai d.
She f el t a l i t t l e shi ver of pl easur e. ' you ever been t o
Houst on' st - I t
was one of t he f i nest r est aur ant s i n Kansas Ci t y. ' . ' The
t r ut h was t hat
she coul d not af f or d t o eat at Houst on' s. Not even wi t h
t he r ai se she
had been gi ven.
" Wel l , t hat ' s wher e we have a r eser vat i on. ' At di nner ,
Tony t al ked
most l y about hi msel f , but J ul i a di d not mi nd. He was
ent er t ai ni ng and
char mi ng. ' ' s dr op- dead gor geous, ' Sal l y had sai d. And he
was. The
di nner was del i ci ous. For desser t , J ul i a had or der ed
chocol at e
souf f l 6and Tony had i ce cr eam. As t hey wer e I mi ger i ng over
cof f ee, J ul i a
t hought , I s he goi ng t o ask me t o hi s apar t ment , and i f he
does, wi l l I
go? No. I can' t do t hat . Not on t he f i r st dat e. He' l l
t hi nk r mcheap.
When we go out t he next t i me . . . The check ar r i ved. '
scanned i t and
sai d, ' l ooks r i ght . ' He t i cked of f t he i t ems on t he
check. ' had t he
pf mand t he l obst er . . 6yes. 9 ' you had t he Fr ench f r i es
and sal ad, and
t he souf t r i ght t She l ooked at hi m, puzzl ed. ' ' s r i ght
. . . ' 232 ' . ' He
di d some qui ck addi t i on. ' shar e of t he bi l l i s f i f t y
dol l ar s and f or t y
cent s. ' J ul i a sat t her e i n shock. ' beg your par dont Tony
gr i nned. ' I
know how i ndependent you women ar e t oday.
You won' t l et guys do anyt hi ng f or you, wi l l you?
Ther e, ' he sai d
magnani mousl y, ' ' l l t ake car e of your shar e of t he t i p. '
' ' msor r y i t
di dn' t wor k out , ' Sal l y a@ol ogi zed. ' ' s r eal l y a honey.
Ar e you goi ng t o
see hi magai n?, ' can' t af f or d hi m, ' J ul i a sai d bi t t er l y.
' , I have
someone el se f or you. You' l l l ove ' . Sal l y, I r eal l y don' t
want . . . ' '
me. ' Ted Ri ddl e was a man i n hi s l at e t hi r t i es and, J uba
had t o admi t ,
qui t e at t r act i ve. He t ook her t o J enni e' s Rest aur ant on
Hi st or i c
St r awber r y Hi l l , f amous f or i t s aut hent i c Cr oat i an f ood. '
r eal l y di d me
a f avor , ' Ri ddl e sai d. ' ' r e ver y l ovel y. ' ' you. "
" Di d Sal l y t el l you I have an adver t i si ng agency?' ' . She
di dn' t . "
" Oh, yes. I have one of t he bi ggest f i r ms i n Kansas Ci t y.
Ever ybody
knows me. ' ' ' s ni ce. I ' handl e some of t he bi ggest
cl i ent s i n t he
count r y. ' 233 ' do? I ' mnot ' . yes. We handl e cel ebr i t i es,
banks, bi g
busi nesses, chai n st or es ' , I - ' , . . . super mar ket s. You
name i t , we
r epr esent t hemal l . ' ' - ' me t el l you how I got st ar t ed. '
He never
st opped t al ki ng dur i ng di nner , and t he onl y subj ect was
Ted Ri ddl e. '
was, pr obabl y j ust ner vous, ' Sal l y apol ogi zed.
" Wel l , I can t el l you, he made me ner vous. I f t her e' s
anyt hi ng you want
t o know about t he l i f e of Ted Ri ddl e si nce t he day he was
bor n, j ust ask
me! ' ' Mcki nl ey. ' ' " at t ' Mcki nl ey. I j ust r emember ed. He
used t o dat e a
gi r l f r i end of mi ne. She was absol ut el y cr azy about hi m?
" Thanks, Sal l y, but no. . ' ' ' mgoi ng t o cal l hi m. ' " Me
f ol l owi ng ni ght ,
J er r y Mcki nl ey appear ed. He was ni ce- l ooki ng, and he had a
sweet and
engagi ng per sonal i t y. When he wal ked i n t he door and
l ooked at J ul i a he
sai d, ' I know bl i nd dat es ar e al ways di f f i cul t . I ' mr at her
shy mysel f , so
I know. how you must f eel , J ul i a. ' 234 She l i ked hi m
i mmedi at el y. They
went t o t he Ever gr een Chi nese Rest aur ant on St at e Avenue
f or di nner .
" You wor k f or an ar chi t ect ur al f i r m. That must be
exci t i ng. I don' t
t hi nk peopl e r eal i ze how i mpor t ant ar chi t ect s ar e. ' He' s
sensi t i ve,
J ul i a t hought happi l y. She smi l ed. ' coul dn' t agr ee wi t h
you mor e. ' The
eveni ng was del i ght f ul , and t he mor e t hey t al ked, t he mor e
J ul i a l i ked
hi m. She deci ded t o be bol d. ' you l i ke t o come back t o
t he apar t ment
f or a ni ght capt she asked. ' . Let ' s go back t o my pl acd. "
" Your pl acer He l eaned f or war d and squeezed her hand. ' ' s
wher e I keep
t he whi ps and chai ns. ' Henr y Wesson owned an account i ng
f i r mi n t he
bui l di ng wher e Pet er s, East man & Tol ki n was quar t er ed. Two
or t hr ee
mor ni ngs a week, J ul i a woul d f i nd her sel f i n t he el evat or
wi t h hi m. . He
seemed. a pl easant enough man. He was i n hi s t hi r t i es,
qui et l y
i nt el l i gent l ooki ng, sandy- hai r ed, and he wor e bl ack- r i mmed
gl asses. The
acquai nt ance began wi t h pol i t e nods, t hen, ' mor ni ng, '
t hen, ' ' r e
l ooki ng ver y wel l t oday, ' and af t er a f ew mont hs, ' wonder
i f you' d l i ke
t o have di nner wi t h me some eveni ne. ' He was 235 wat chi ng
her eager l y,
wai t i ng f or an answer . J ul i a smi l ed. ' r i ght . ' I t was
- i nst ant l ove on
Henr y' s par t . On t hei r f i r st dat e, he t ook J ul i a t o EBT,
one of t he t op
r est aur ant s i n Kansas Ci t y. He was obvi ousl y t hr i l l ed t o
be out wi t h
her . He t ol d her a l i t t l e about hi msel f . ' was bor n r i ght
her e i n good
ol d KC. My f at her was bor n her e, t oo. The acor n doesn' t
f al l f ar f r om
t he oak. You know what I meant J ul i a knew what he meant . '
al ways knew I
want ed t o be an account ant . When I got out of school , I
went t o wor k f or
t he Bi gel ow & Benson Fi nanci al Cor por at i on.
Now I have my own f i r m. ' ' ' s ni ce, ' J ul i a sai d. ' ' s about
al l t her e i s
t o t el l about me. Tel l me about you. ' J ul i a was si l ent f or
a moment . r m
t he i l l egi t i mat e daught er of one o I , t he r i chest men i n
t he wor l d. You
ve pr obabl y hear d of hi m. Hej ust dr owned. I ' man hei r ess
t o hi s est at e.
She l ooked ar ound t he el egant r oom. I coul d buy t hi s
r est aur ant , i f I
want ed t o. I coul dpr obabl y buy t hi s whol e t own, i f I
want ed t o. Henr y
was st ar i ng at her . ' ?' ' ! I . . . I ' msor r y. I was bor n i n
Mi l waukee. My .
my f at her di ed when I was young. My mot her and I t r avel ed
ar ound t he
count r y a gr eat deal . When she 236 passed away, I deci ded
t o st ay her e
and get a j ob. ' I hope my nose i sn' t gr owi ng- Henr y Wesson
put a hand
over her s. ' you' ve never had a man t o t ake car e of you. '
He l eaned
f or war d and sai d ear nest l y, ' woul d l i ke t o t ake car e of
YOU f or t he
r est of your l i f e. ' J ul i a l ooked at hi mi n sur pr i se. '
don' t mean t o
sound l i ke Dor i s Day, but we har dl y know each ot her . ' '
want t o change
t hat . ' When J ul i a got home, Sal l y was wai t i ng f or
her . ' Wel l ?' she asked.
' di d your dat e got J ul i a sai d, t hought f ul l y, ' ' s ver y
sweet , and . . ' ' s
cr azy about you! ' J ul i a smi l ed. ' t hi nk he pr oposed. '
Sal l y' s, eyes
wi dened. ' t hi nk he pr oposed? My God! Don' t you know i f
t he man pr oposed
or not ?' ' , he sai d he want ed t o t ake car e of me f or t he
r est of my
l i f e. ' ' ' s a pr oposal ! ' Sal l y excl ai med. ' ' s a pr oposal !
Mar r y hi m!
Qui ck! M ar r y hi mbef or e he changes hi s mi nd! ' J ul i a
l aughed. ' ' s t he
hur r y?"
" Li st en t o me. I nvi t e hi mover her e f or di nner . I ' l l cook
i t , , and you
t el l hi myou made i t . ' J ul i a l aughed. ' you. No. When I
f i nd t he man I
want t o mar r y, we may be. eat i ng Chi nese f ood out 237 of
car t ons, but
bel i eve me, t he di nner t abl e wi l l be beaut i f ul l y set wi t h
f l ower s and
candl el i ght . ' On t hei r next dat e, Henr y sai d, ' know,
Kansas Ci t y i s a
gr eat pl ace t o br i ng up ki ds. ' ' , i t i s. ' J ul i a' s onl y
pr obl emwas t hat
she wasn' t sur e t hat she want ed t o br i ng up hi s chi l dr en.
He was
r el i abl e, sober , decent , but . . She di scussed i t wi t h
Sal l y. ' keeps
aski ng me t o mar r y hi m, ' J ul i a sai d. ' ' s he l i ket She
t hought f or a
moment , t r yi ng t o t hi nk of t he most r omant i c and exci t i ng
t hi ngs she
coul d say about Henr y Wesson. ' ' s r el i abl e, sober , decent
. . . " Sal l y
l ooked at her a moment . ' ot her wor ds, he' s dul l . ' J ul i a
sai d
def ensi vel y, ' i sn' t exact l y dul l . ' Sal l y nodded,
knowi ngl y. ' ' s dul l .
Mar r y hi m. ' ' ' hi m. Good dul l husbands ar e har d t o f i nd. '
Get t i ng f r om
one payday t o t he next was a f i nanci al mi nef i el d.
Ther e wer e paycheck deduct i ons, and r ent , and aut omobi l e
expenses, and
gr ocer i es, and cl ot hes t o buy. J ul i a owned a Toyot a
Ter cel , and i t
seemed t o her t hat she spent mor e on i t t han she di d on
her sel f . She was
const ant l y bor r owi ng money f r omSal l y. 238 One eveni ng,
when J ul i a was
get t i ng dr essed, Sal l y sai d, ' ' s anot her bi g Henr y ni ght ,
huh? Wher e' s
he t aki ng you t oni gl i f f ' ' r e goi ng t o Symphony Hal l . Cl eo
Lai ne i s
per f or mi ng. ' ' ol d Henr y pr oposed agai nst J ul i a hesi t at ed.
The t r ut h was
t hat Henr y pr oposed ever y t i me t hey wer e t oget her . She
f el t pr essur ed,
but she coul d not br i ng her sel f t o say i 6s. ' ' t l ose hi m, "
Sal l y war ned.
Sal l y i s Pr obabl y r i ght , J ul i a t hought . Henr y Wesson woul d
make, a good
husband He' s . . . She hesi t at ed. Be' s sober , r el i abl e,
decent . . . I s t hat
enough? As J ul i a was goi ng out t he door , Sal l y cal l ed, Can
I bor r ow your
bl ack shoest ' . ' And J ul i a was gone. Sal l y went i nt o
J ul i a' s bedr oomand
opened t he cl oset door - The pai r of shoes she want ed was
on t he t op
shel f As she r eached f or t hem, a car dboar d box t hat was
si t t i ng
pr ecar i ousl y on t he shel f f el l down, and i t s cont ent s
spi l l ed out al l
over t he f l oor . ' ! ' Sal l y bent down t o, gat her up t he
paper s.
They consi st ed of dozens of newspaper cl i ppi ngs,
phot ogr aphs, and
ar t i cl es, and t hey wer e al l about t he Har r y St anf or d
f ami l y. Ther e
seemed t o be hundr eds of t hem. Suddenl y, J ul i a came
hur r yi ng back i nt o
t he r oom. ' f or got my - ' She st opped as she saw t he paper s
on t he f l oor .
' ar e you doi ng?' 61@msor r y, ' Sal l y apol ogi zed. ' box
f el l down. ' 239
Bl ushi ng, J ul i a bent down and st ar t ed put t i ng t he paper s
back i n t he
box. ' had no i dea you wer e so i nt er est ed i n t he r i ch and
f amous, ' Sal l y
sai d. Si l ent l y, J ul i a kept shovi ng t he paper s i nt o t he
box. As she
gat her ed a handf ul of phot ogr aphs, she came acr oss a smal l
gol d
hear t - shaped l ocket ; her mot her had gi ven her bef or e she
di ed. J ul i a
put t he l ocket asi de. Sal l y was st udyi ng- her , puzzl ed.
" J ul i at ' . ' ' ar e you so i nt er est ed i n Har r y St anf or dt ' ' m
not . I . . .
Thi s was my mot her ' s. ' Sal l y shr ugged. ' . ' She r eached f or
a paper . I t
was f r oma scandal magazi ne, and t he headl i ne caught her
eye: Tycoon
GETS cml dr m' s GOVERNESS PREGNANT - BABY BORN
OUT- 017- WEDLOCK - MOTHER
AND BABY DI SAPPEAR! Sal l y was st ar i ng at J ul i a,
openmout hed. ' God!
You' r e Har r y St anf or d' s daught ed' J ul i a' s mout h t i ght ened.
She shook her
head and cont mued put ung t he paper s back. ' ' t yout J ul i a
st opped. ' , I ' d
r at her not t al k about i t , i f you don' t mi nd. " Sal l yj umped
t o her f eet .
' ' d r at her not t al k about i t ? You' r e t he daught er of one
of t he r i chest
men i n t he wor l d, and you' d r at her not t al k about i t ? Ar e
you i nsane?'
240 ' . . smyou know how much he was wor t h? Bi l l i ons. ' That
has not hi ng
t o do wi t h me. ' ' you' r e hi s daught er , i t has ever yt hi ng
t o do wi t h you.
You' r e an hei r ess! Al l you have t o do i s t el l t he ai my
who you ar e, and
. $No. ' " No . . . whaf f ' don' t under st and. ' J ul i a r ose and
t hen sank down
on t he bed. ' St anf or d was an awf ul man. He abandoned my
mot her . She
hat ed hi m, and I hat e ' don' t hat e anyone wi t h t hat much
money. You
under st and t hem. " J ul i a shook her head. ' ' don' t want any
par t of t hem. '
' , hei r esses don' t l i ve i n cr unnny apar t ment s and buy
cl ot hes at f l ea
mar ket s, and bor r ow t o pay t he r ent . Your f ami l y woul d
hat e knowi ng you
l i ve l i ke t hi s. They' d be humi l i at ed. ' ' don' t even know
I ' mal i ve. "
" Then you' ve got t o t el l t hem. ' ' . ' ' t he subj ect . ' Sal l y
l ooked at her
f or a l ong t i me. ' . By t he way, you coul dn' t l oan me a
mi l l i on or t wo
t i l l payday, coul d you . . . Chapt er Twent y.
Tyl er was becomi ng f r ant i c. For t he past t went y- f our hour s
he had been
di al i ng Lee' s home number , and t her e had been no answer .
no i s he wi t h?
Tyl er agoni zed. What i s he doi ng? He pi cked up t he
t el ephone and di al ed
once agai n. The phone r ang f or a l ong t i me, and j ust as
Tyl er was about
t o hang up, he hear d Lee' s voi ce' . ' . ' ' ! How ar e You?, '
t he hel l i s
t hi s?' ' ' s Tyl er . ' ' ?' Ther e was a pause. ' , yes. " Tyl er
f el t a t wi nge
of di sappoi nt ment . ' ar e you?' ' , ' Lee sai d.
" I t ol d you I was goi ng t o. have a wonder f ul sur pr i se f or
you. ' ' ?' He
sounded bor ed. ' you r emember what you sai d t o me about
goi ng t o St .
Tr opez on a beaut i f ul whi t e yacht ?' ' about i t ?' ' woul d
you l i ke t o
l eave next mont h?' 242 ' yo , ser i oust ' bet I am. ' ' , I
don' t know.
You' ve got a f r i end wi t h a yacht ?' ' ' mabout t o buy a
yacht . ' ' ' r e not
on. somet hi ng, ar e you, j udget ' . . . ? No, no!
I ' ve j ust come i nt o some money. A l ot of money. ' ' .
Tr opez, huh? Yeah,
t hat sounds gr eat . Sur e, I ' d l ove t o go wi t h you. ' Tyl er
f el t a deep
sense of r el i ef . ' Meanwhi l e, don' t . . . ' He coul dn' t br i ng
hi msel f even
t o t hi nk about i t . ' ' l l be i n t ouch wi t h you, Lee. ' He
r epl aced t he
r ecei ver and sat on t he edge of hi s bed. ' l ove t o go wi t h
you. ' He coul d
vi sual i ze t he t wo of t hemon a beaut i f ul yacht , cr ui si ng
ar ound t he
wor l d t oget her . Toget her . Tyl er pi cked up - t he t el ephone
book and t ur ned
t o t he yel l ow pages. he of f i ces of J ohn Al den Yacht s I nc.
ar e l ocat ed
on Bost on' s Commer ci al Whar f . The sal es manager came - up
t o Tyl er as he
ent er ed. ' can I do f or you t oday, si r t Tyl er l ooked at
hi mand sai d
casual l y, ' ' d l i ke t o buy a yacht . ' The wor ds r ol l ed of f
hi s t ongue. Hi s
f at her ' s Yacht woul d pr obabl y be par t of t he est at e, but
Tyl er had no
i nt ent i on of shar i ng a shi p wi t h hi s br ot her and si st er .
243 ' or sai l t ' . . . er . . . I ' mnot sur e. I want t o be
abl e t o go ar ound
t he wor l d i n i t . ' ' ' r e pr obabl y t al ki ng mot or . ' ' must be
whi t e. ' The
sal es manager l ooked at hi mst r angel y. ' , of cour se. How
l ar ge a boat
di d you have i n mi ndt Bl ue Ski es i s one hundr ed and ei ght y
f eet . '
hundr ed f eet . ' The sal es manager bl i nked. ' . I see. Of
cour se, a yacht
l i ke t hat woul d be ver y expensi ve, Mr . - . . . ' ' St anf or d.
My f at her was
Har r y St anf or d. ' The man' s f ace l i t up. ' i s no obj ect , '
Tyl er sai d. '
not ! Wel l , J udge St anf or d, we' r e goi ng t o f i nd you a yacht
t hat ever yone
wi l l envy. Whi t e, of cour se.
Meanwhi l e, her e i s a por t f ol i o of some avai l abl e yacht s.
Cal l me when
- you deci de whi ch ones you' r e i nt er est ed i n. ' Woody
St anf or d was,
t hi nki ng about pol o poni es. Al l hi s l i f e he had had t o
r i de hi s f r i ends'
poni es, but now he coul d af f or d t o buy t he f i nest st r i ng
i n t he wor l d.
- He was on t he t el ephone, t al ki ng t o Mi mi Car son. ' want
t o buy your
poni es, ' Woody sai d. Hi s voi ce was f i l l ed wi t h exci t ement .
He l i st ened a
moment . ' ' s r i ght , t he whol e st abl e. I ' mver y ser i ous.
Ri ght . ' The
conver sat i on l ast ed hal f an hour , and when 244 Woody
r epl aced t he
r ecei ver , he was gr i nni ng. He went t o f i nd Peggy. She was
seat ed al one
on t he ver anda. Woody coul d st i l l see t he br ui ses on her
f ace wher e he
had hi t her . t peggy . . . I She l ooked up, war i l y. ' ' have
t o t al k t o
you. I . . . I don' t know wher e t o She sat t her e, wai t i ng.
He t ook a deep
br eat h. ' know I ' ve. been a r ot t en - husband. Some of t he
t hi ngs I ' ve
done ar e i nexcusabl e. But , dar l i ng, al l t hat i s goi ng t o
change now.
Don' t you see? We' r e r i ch. Real l y r i ch. I want t o make
ever yt hi ng up t o
you. ' He t ook her hand. ' ' mgoi ng t o get of f dr ugs t hi s
t i me. I r eal l y
am. We' r e goi ng t o have a Whol e di f f er ent l i f e. ' - She
l ooked i nt o hi s
eyes, and sai d t onel essl y, ' I pr omi se. I know I ' ve sai d
i t bef or e, but
t hi s i t ' s r eal l y goi ng t o wor k. I ' ve made up my mi ndi ng t o
a cl i ni c
somewher e wher e t hey can cur e nt t o get out of t hi s hel l
I ' ve been i n.
Peggy . . e was desper at i on i n hi s voi ce. ' can' t do i t
wi t h- " Out you. ,
You know I can' t . ' he l ooked at hi ma l ong t i me, t hen
cr adl ed hi mi n r a
s. ' baby. I know, ' she whi sper ed. ' know. 111 hel p you
. . . ' 245 I t was
t i me f or Mar go Posner t o l eave. Tyl er f ound her i n t he
st udy. He cl osed
t he door . ' j ust want ed t o t hank you agai n, Mar go. ' She
smi l ed. i t ' s
been f un. I r eal l y had a good t i me. ' she l ooked up at hi m
ar chl y. ' I
shoul d become an act r ess! He smi l ed. ' ' d be good at i t .
You cer t ai nl y
f ool ed t hi s audi ence! 11 di d, di dn' t I T " Her e' s t he r est
of your
money. ' He t ook an envel ope out of hi s pocket .
" And your pl ane t i cket back t o Chi cago. ' ' you. ' He l ooked
at hi s wat ch.
' ' d bet t er get goi ng! ' . I j ust want you t o know t hat I
appr eci at e
ever yt hi ng. I mean, your get t i ng me out of pr i son and al l !
He smi l ed.
' ' s al l r i ght : Have a good t r i p. ' ' ! l i e wat ched her go
upst ai r s t o
pack. The game was over . Check and check mat e. Mar go
Posner was i n her
bedr oomf i ni shi ng packi ng when Kendal l wal ked i n. ' ,
J ul i a. I j ust
want ed t o She st opped. ' ar e you doi ng?' ' ' mgoi ng home. '
Kendal l l ooked
at her i n sur pr i se. ' soon? Why? 1 246 was hopi ng we mi ght
spend some
t i me t oget her and get acquai nt ed. We have so many year s t o
cat ch up on. '
' . Wel l , some ot her t i me. ' Kendal l sat on t he edge of t he
bed. ' ' s l i ke
a nur acl e, i sn' t i t ? Fi ndi ng each ot her af t er al l t hese
year s- Mar go
went on wi t h her packi ng. ' . I t ' s a mi r acl e, al l r i ght ! '
must f eel l i ke
Ci nder el l a. I mean, one mi nut e you r e l i vi ng a per f ect l y
aver age l i f e
and t he next mi nut e someone hands you a bi l l i on dol l ar s!
Mar go st opped
her packi ng. ' ' sai d . . . ' ' bi l l i on dol l ar st ' . Accor di ng
t o Fat her ' s
wi l l , t hat ' s what we each i nher i t . Mar go was l ooki ng at
Kendal l ,
st unned. ' each 4 get a bi l l i on dol l ar st ' ' t t hey t el l
yout ' , ' Mar go
sai d sl owl y. ' They di dn' t t el l me. ' Ther e was a t hought f ul
expr essi on on
her f ace. ' know, Kendal l , you' r e r i ght . Maybe - we shoul d
get bet t er
acquai nt ed! 4111. , Tyl er was i n t he sol ar i um, l ooki ng at
phot ogr aphs of
yacht s, when Cl ar k appr oached hi m. ' me, J udge St anf or d.
Ther e' s a
t el ephone cal l f or you. ' ' ' l l t ake i t i n her e. ' 247 _711, @
I t was Kei t h
Per cy i n Chi cago. ' ' . ' J have some r eal l y gr eat news f or
you! " 60ht '
t hat I ' mr et i r i ng, how woul d you l i ke t o be appoi nt ed
chi ef j udge?' I t
was al l Tyl er coul d do t o keep f r omgi ggl i ng. ' woul d be
wonder f ul ,
Kei t h. ' ' , i t ' s your s! ' ' . . . I don' t know what t o say. '
What shoul d I
say? ' don' t si t on t he bench i n a di r t y l i t t l e cour t r oom
i n Chi cago,
handi ng out sent ences t o t he mi sf i t s of t he wor l d?' Or ' 1l
be t oo busy
sai l i ng ar ound t he wor l d on my yacht ?' ' soon can you get
back t o
Chi cagot ' wi l l be a whi l e, " Tyl er sai d. ' have a l ot t o
do her e. ' ' ,
we' l l al l be wai t i ng f or you. ' Don' t hol dyour br eat h.
' - bye. ' He
r epl aced t he r ecei ver and gl anced at hi s wat ch. I t was
t i me f or Mar go t o
be l eavi ng f or t he ai r por t . Tyl er went upst ai r s t o see i f
she was r eady.
When he wal ked i nt o Mar go' s bedr oom, she was unpacki ng her
sui t case. He
l ooked at her i n sur pr i se. ' ' r e not r eady. ' She l ooked up
at hi mand
smi l ed. ' .
I ' munpacki ng. I ' ve been t hi nki ng. I l i ke i t her e. Maybe I
shoul d st ay
awhi l e. ' 248 He f r owned. ' ar e you t al ki ng about ?- You' r e
cat chi ng a
pl ane t o Chi cago. , ' ' l l be anot her - pl ane al ong, j udge. '
She gr i nned. '
I ' l l even buy my own. , ' ar e you sayi ng?' 4YOu t ol d me You
want ed me t o
hel p you pl ay a l i t t l e j oke on someone ' " Wel l , t hej oke
seems t o be on
me. I ' mwor t h a bi l l i on . . ' Tyl er ' s expr essi on har dened. '
want you t o
get out of her e. Now. ' ' you? I t hi nk I ' l l go when I ' m
r eady, , Mar go
sai d. ' I ' mnot r eady. , Tyl er st ood t her e, st udyi ng her . '
. . . what i s
I t u want t I She nodded.
" That ' s bet t er . The bi l l i on dol l ar s I ' msupposed t o get .
You wer e
pl anni ng t o keep i t f or your sel f , r i ght ? I f i gur ed You
wer e pul l i ng a
l i t t l e scamt o Pi ck UP some ext r a money, but a bi l l i on
dol l ar s! That ' s a
di f f er ent bal l game. I t hi nk I deser ve a shar e of t hat . '
Ther e was a
knock at t he bedr oomdoor . ' me, ' Cl ar k sai d. ' i s ser ved.
Mar go t ur ned t o Tyl er . ' go al ong. I won' t be j oi ni ng you.
I have some
i mpor t ant er r ands t o r un. ' Lat er t hat af t er noon, packages
began t o
ar r i ve at Rose Hi l l . Ther e wer e boxes of dr esses f r om
Ar mani , 249 -
spor t swear f r omScaasi - Bout i que, l i nger i e f r omJ or dan
Mar sh, a sabl e
coat f r omNei man Mar cus, and a di amond br acel et f r om
Car t i er . Al l t he
packages wer e addr essed t o Mi ss. J ul i a St anf or d. When
Mar go wal ked i n
t he door at f our t hi r t y, Tyl er was wai t i ng t o conf r ont
her , f ur i ous. '
do you t hi nk you' r e doi ng?' he demanded. She smi l ed. '
needed a f ew
t hi ngs. Af t er al l , your si st er has t o be wel l dr essed,
doesn' t she? I t ' s
amazi ng how much cr edi t a st or e wi l l gi ve you when you' r e
a St anf or d.
You wi l l t ake car e of t he bi l l s, won' t yout ' . . . ' ' . ' She
r emi nded hi m.
' t he way, I saw t he pi ct ur es of yacht s on t he t abl e.
Ar e you pl anni ng t o buy onet ' none of your busi ness. ' ' ' t
be t oo sur e.
Maybe you and I wi l l t ake a cr ui se. Wei l l name t he yi cht
Mar go. Or
shoul d we name i t J ul i a? We can go ar ound t he wor l d
t oget her .
I don' t l i ke bei ng al one. ' Tyl er t ook a deep br eat h. '
seems t hat I
under est i mat ed you. You' r e a ver y cl ever young woman. ' '
f r omyou,
t hat ' s a bi g compl i ment . ' ' hope t hat you' r e al so a
r easonabl e young
woman. ' ' depends. What do you cal l r easonabl et ' mi l l i on
dol l ar s.
Cash. ' Her hear t began t o beat f ast er , ' I can keep t he
t hi ngs I bought
t odayt ' of t hem. ' 250 e oo t k a deep br eat h. ' have a
deal . ' d. I ' l l
get t he money t o you as qui ckl y as I can. goi ng back t o
Chi cago i n t he
next f ew days. ' He k a key f r omhi s pocket and handed i t
t o her . er e' s
t he key t o my house. I want you t o st ay t her e wai t f or me.
And don' t
t al k t o anyone! r i ght ! She t r i ed t o hi de her exci t ement .
Maybe I d have
asked f or mor e, she. t hought . ' ' l l book you on t he next
pl ane out of
her e. ' _4 What about t he t hi ngs I bought . . . T " I ' l l have
t hemsent on
t o you. ' Good. Hey, we bot h came out of t hi s gr eat , di dn' t
3 *, E, He
nodded. ' . We di d! Tyl er t ook Mar go t o Logan I nt er nat i onal
Ai r por t t o
see her of f . At t he ai r por t she sai d, ' ar e you goi ng t o
t el l i kr , ' t he
ot her s? About my l eavi ng, I mean. ' 10 I ' l l t el l t hemt hat
you had t o go
vi si t a ver y good nd who became i l l , a f r i end i n Sout h
Amer i ca! e l ooked
at hi mwi st f ul l y. ' you want t o know t hi ng, j udge? That
yacht i ng t r i p
woul d have been un. ' Over t he l oudspeaker , her f l i ght was
bei ng cal l ed.
' ' s me, I guess! ' a ni ce f l i ght . ' ' . I ' l l see you i n
Chi cago. ' Tyl er
wat ched her go i nt o t he depar t ur es t er mi nal 251 and st ood
t her e, wai t i ng
unt i l t he pl ane t ook of f . Then he went back t o t he
l i mousi ne and sai d t o
t he dr i ver , ' Hi l l . ' When Tyl er ar r i ved back at t he house,
he went
di r ect l y t o hi s r oomand t el ephoned Chi ef J udge Kei t h
Per cy. ' ' r e al l
wai t i ng f or you, Tyl er . When ar e you comi ng back? We' r e
pl anni ng a
l i t t l e cel ebr at i on i n your honor . ' ' soon, Kei t h, ' Tyl er
sai d.
" Meanwhi l e, I coul d use your hel p wi t h a pr obl emI ' ve r un
i nt o. "
" Cer t ai nl y. What can I do f or yout ' ' s about a f el on I
t r i ed t o hel p.
Mar go Posner . I bel i eve I t ol d you about her . ' ' r emember .
What ' s t he
pr obl emt ' poor woman has del uded her sel f i nt o bel i evi ng
she' s my
si st er . She f ol l owed me t o Bost on and t r i ed t o mur der me. '
' God!
That ' s t er r i bl e! ' - ' She' s on her way back t o Chi cago now,
Kei t h. She
st ol e t he key t o my house, and I don' t know what she pl ans
t o do next .
The woman i s a danger ous l unat i c. She' s t hr eat ened t o ki l l
my whol e
f ami l y. I want her commi t t ed t o t he Reed Ment al Heal t h
Faci l i t y. I f
you' l l f ax me t he commi t ment paper s, I ' l l si gn t hem. I ' l l
ar r ange f or
her psychi at r i c exami nat i ons mysel f . ' ' cour se. I ' l l t ake
car e of i t
i mmedi at el y, Tyl er . ' ' ' d appr eci at e i t . She' s on Uni t ed
Ai r l i nes Fl i ght
307. I t ar r i ves at ei ght f i f t een t oni ght . I suggest t hat
252 ave peopl e
t her e at t he ai Mor t t o pi ck her up. be t o be car ef ul . She
shoul d put i n
maxi mumI t emr i t y at Reed, and not al l owed any vi si t or s. '
' 111 see t o
i t . I ' msor r y you had t o go t hr ough t hi s, Tyl er . ' Ther e
was a shr ug i n
Tyl er ' s voi ce. ' know what t hey say, Kei t h: " No good deed,
no mat t er how
smal l , unpuni shed. " ' goes ed At di nner t hat eveni ng
Kendal l ask " I sn' t
J ul i a j oi n I ng us t oni ght t Tyl er sai d r egr et f ul l y,
" Unf or t unat el y, no.
She asked a ke ae t o s y good- bye t o al l of you.
She' s gone t o t a car e o a f r i end i n Sout h Amer i ca who' s
had a st r oke. f
t was r at her sudden. ' t t he wi l l has not been. . i a has
gi ven me her
power of at t or ney and want s t o ar r ange f or her shar e t o go
i nt o a t r ust
f und. ' ant pl aced a bowl of Bost on cl amchowder i n r ont o
Tyl er . A " Ah, '
he sai d. ' l ooks del i ci ous! I ' mhungr y *. . . t oni ght . '
ni t ed Ai r l i nes
Fl i ght 307 was maki ng i t s f i nal r oach t o O' Har e
I nt er nat i onal Ai r por t on
sched- met al l i c voi ce came over t he l oudspeaker . i es and
gent l emen,
woul d you f ast en your seat t s, pl easet Mar go Posner had
enj oyed t he
f l i ght t r emendousl y. 253 - She had spent most of t he t i me
dr eami ng about
what ' was goi ng t o do wi t h t he mi l l i on dol l ar s and al l
t he cl ot hes
andj ewel r y shehadbought . Andal l because I was bust edl I sn' t
t hat a ki ck!
When t he pl ane l anded, Mar go gat her ed t he t hi ngs she had
car r i ed on
boar d and st ar t ed t o wal k down t he r amp. A f l i ght
at t endant st ayed
di r ect l y behi nd her . Near t he pl ane was an ambul ance,
f l anked by t wo
par amedi cs i n whi t e j acket s, and a doct or . The f l i ght
at t endant saw t hem
and poi nt ed t o Mar go. As Mar go st epped of f t he r amp, one
of t he men
appr oached her . ' me, ' he sai d. Mar go l ooked up at hi m. '
' you Mar go
Posner t ' , yes. What ' s . . . T ' ' mDr . Zi mmer man. ' He t ook
her ar m. ' ' d
l i ke you t o come wi t h us, pl ease. ' He st ar t ed l eadi ng her
t owar d t he
ambul ance. Mar go t r i ed t o j er k away.
" Wai t a mi nut e! What ar e YOU doi ng?' she demanded. The
ot her t wo men had
moved t o ei t her si de of her t o hol d her ar ms. ' come al ong
qui et l y,
Mi ss. Posner , ' t he doct or sai d. ' ! ' Mar go scr eamed. ' me! '
The ot her
passenger s wer e st andi ng t her e, gapi ng. ' ' s t he mat t er
wi t h al l of yout
Mar go yel l ed. ' you bl i nd? I ' mbei ng ki dnapped! I ' mJ ul i a
St anf or d! I ' m
Har r y St anf or d' s daught ed' 254 cour se, you ar e, ' Dr . Zi
I nt ner man sai d
soot h- 1191y. ' cal mdown. ' e o Th bser ver s wat ched i n
ast oni shment as
Mar go @" was camed i nt o t he back of t he ambul ance, ki cki ng
scr eami ng. ,
si de t he ambul ance, t he doct or t ook out a syr i nge d
pr essed t he needl e
i nt o Mar go' s ar m. ' , ' he i d.
" Ever yt hi ng i s goi ng t o be al l r i ght . ' sy ou must be
cr azyl ' Mar go sai d.
" You must be . @@, Her eyes began t o dr oop. e ambul ance
door s cl osed, and
t he ambul ance c, away. Tyl er got t he r epor t , he l aughed
out l oud. . He ul d
vi sual i ze t he gr eedy bi t ch bei ng car r i ed of f . He ul d
ar r ange f or her t o
be kept i n a ment al heal t h i t y f or t he r est of her l i f e.
Now t he game i s
r eal l y over , he t hought . r ve done i t ! The ol d man woul d
t ur nover i n hi s
gr ave f hest i l l had one - - #' he knew t hat I was get t i ng
cont r ol of
St anf or d Ent er pr i ses. I ' l l gi ve Lee ever yt hi ng he' s ever
dr eamed of .
Pcr f ect - Ever yt hi ng was per f ect . The evcnt s of t he day
had f i l l ed Tyl er
wi t h a sexual f @xci t ement . I need some r ef i e . He opened
hi s sui t case
- and f r omt he back of i t t ook out a copy of Damr on' s VFp.
Gui de. Ther e
wer e sever al gay bar s l i st ed i n Bost on, He chose t he Quest
on Boyl st on
St r eet . I ' l l ski p di nner . 255 t , What r i l go st r ai ght t o
t he chi b. And
t hen he t hough an oxymor on! J ul i a and Sal l y wer e get t i ng
dr essed t o go
t o wor k. Sal l y asked, ' was your dat e wi t h Henr y l ast
ni ght ?' 61me
same. 9 ' bad, huh? Have t he mar r i age banns been post ed
yet ?' ' f or bi f f
J ul i a sai d. ' i s sweet , but . . . 9 She si ghed. ' i sn' t f or
me. ' she mi ght
not be, ' Sal l y sai d, ' t hese ar e f or you. ' She handed
J ul i a f i ve
envel opes. I They wer e al l bi l l s. J ul i a opened t hem. Thr ee
of t hemwer e
mar ked over due and anot her was mar ked Ti ur d NOTI CE. J ul i a
st udi ed t hema
moment . ' , I wonder i f you coul d l end me . . . 71 Sal l y
l ooked at her i n
amazement . ' don' t under - st and YOU- 9 ' do you mean?,
' ' r e wor ki ng l i ke
a gal l ey sl ave, you can' t pay your bi l l s, and al l you have
t o do i s l i f t
your l i t t l e f i nger and you coul d come up wi t h a f ew
mi l l i on dol l ar s,
gi ve or t ake some change. ' ' ' s not my. money. ' ' cour se,
i t ' s your
money! ' Sal l y snap*. ' St anf or d was your f at her , wasn' t
he? Er go, you' r e
ent i t l ed t o a shar e of hi s est at e. And I don' t use t he
wor d er go ver y
of t en. ' 256 i t . I t ol d you how he t r eat ed my mot her . Hen' t
have l ef t me
a di me. ' l y si ghed. ' !
And I was l ooki ng f or war d t ong wi t h a mi l l i onai r e! ' They
wal ked down t o
t he par ki ng l ot wher e t hey Wt t hei r car s. J ul i a' s space
was empt y. She
st at ed at i n shock. ' ' s gonep 4A wor ked your car her e l ast
ni ght t r e you
sur e you pa Sal l y asked. ' . ' ' st ol e i t ! " J ul i a shook her
head. ' , ' she
sai d sl owl y. " AZ ' do you meant I Mq- ; " . She t ur ned t o l ook
at Sal l y. '
must have r epos- i t . I ' mt hr ee payment s behi nd. ' ' , ' Sal l y
sai d
t onel essl y. ' ' s j ust nder f ul . ' was unabl e t o get her
r oommat e' s
si t uat i on out her mi nd. I t ' s l i ke a f ai r y t al e, Sal l y
t hought . A 22 who
doesn' t know she' s a pr i ncess. Onl y i n t hi s ' knows i t ,
but she' s
t oopr oud t o do anyt hi ng t i t . I t ' s not f ai r ! The f ami l y
has al l t hat
money, she has not hi ng.
Wel l , i f she won' t do somet hi ng t i t , I damn wel l wi l l .
She' l l t hank
me f or i t . @r , , ' That eveni ng, af t er J ul i a went out , Sal l y
exami ned box of
cl i ppi ngs agai n. She t ook out a r ecent news- ar t i cl e
ment i oni ng t hat t he
St anf or d hei r s had se back t o Rose Hi l l f or t he f uner al
ser vi ces. 257
I f t he pr i ncess won' t 90 10 t hem, Sal l y t hought , t hey- ar e
goi ng t o come
t o t he pr i ncess. wr i t e a l et t er . i t was She sat down and
began t o
addr essed t o J udge Tyl er St anf or d.
Chapt er Twent y- one.
Tyl er St anf or d si gned t he commi t ment paper s put t i ng Mar go
Posner i n Reed
Ment al Heal t h Faci l i t y. Thr ee psychi at r i st s wer e r equi r ed
t o agr ee t o
t he commi t ment , but Tyl er knew t hat t hat woul d be easy f or
hi mt o
handl e. r evi ewed ever yt hi ng he had done f r omt he ver y
ni ng, and deci ded
t hat t her e had been no f l aws hi s game pl an. Dmi t r i had
di sappear ed i n
Aust r al i a, d ar go Posner had been di sposed of . That l ef t
Hal Baker , but
he woul d be no pr obl em. Ever yone had an
4h, ' , ' . Achi l l es' heel , and hi s
was hi s st upi d f ami l y. No, Baker , : j wu never t al k because
he coul dn' t
bear t he t hought of 7 f r omhi s dear ones. hi s l i f e i n
pr i son, awayf
Ever yt hi ng was per f ect . T he mi nut e t he wi l l i s pr obat ed,
1`11 r et ur n t o
Chi cago pi ck up Lee. Maybe we' l l even buy a house i n 4t
Tr opez. He began
t o get ar oused at t he t hought . Wkv' , @`, We' l l sai l ar ound
t he wor l d i n my
yacht . I ' ve al ways t e t o " ' Wan d see Veni ce . . . and
Posi t ano . . . and
Capr i We' l l go on saf ar i i n Kenya, and see t he Taj Mahal
259 t oget her i n
t he moonl i ght . And who do l owe al l t hi s t o? To Daddy. Dear
ol d Daddy.
' ' r e a queer , Tyl er , and you 111 al ways be a queer . I
don' t know how t he
hel l anyt hi ng l i ke you came f r ommy l oi ns. ' Wel l , who has
t he l ast
l augh- now, Fat her ? Tyl er went downst ai r s t o j oi n hi s
br ot her and si st er
f or l unch. He was hungr y agai n. ' ' s r eal l y a pi t y t hat
J ul i a had t o
l eave so qui ckl y, ' Kendal l sai d. ' woul d have l i ked t o
have got t en t o
know her bet t er . ' ' ' msur e she pl ans t o r et ur n as soon as
she can, ' Mar c
sai d. That ' s cer t ai nl y t r ue, Tyl er t hought . He woul d make
sur e she
never got out . The t al k t ur ned t o t he f ut ur e. Peggy sai d,
shyl y, ' i s
goi ng t o buy a gr oup of pol o poni es. ' ' ' s not a gr oup! '
Woody snapped.
' ' s a st r i ng. A st r i ng of pol o poni es. ' ' ' msor r y,
dar l i ng. I j ust '
i t ! ' Tyl er sai d t o Kendal l , ' ar e your pl anst We ar e
count i ng on
your f ur t her suppor t . . . We woul d appr eci at e i t i f you
woul d deposi t I
mi l l i on US dol l ar s . . . wi t hi n t he next t en days. ' ' ?' ' .
I ' mgoi ng t o
. . . t o expand t he busi ness.
I ' l l open shops i n London and i n Par i s. ' 260 hat sounds
exci t i ng, ' Peggy
sai d. ' have a show i n New Yor k i n t wo weeks. I have K d '
r un down
t her e and get i t r eady. ' A ' ' . ' t o do wi t h your shar e of
t he est at e?,
al l l ooked over at Tyl er . ' ar e you goi ng ' , most l y. Ther e
ar e so Tyl er
sai d pi ousl y, Y wor t hy or gani zat i ons t hat need hel p. ' e
was onl y hal f
l i st eni ng t o t he conver sat i on at t he t abl e. He l ooked
ar ound t he t abl e
at hi s br ot her and " " : . si st er . I f i t wer en' t f or me, you' d
be get t i ng
not hi ng. ' @- " Nol hi ng! He t ur ned t o l ook at Woody. Hi s
br ot her had @t ,
become. a dope addi ct , t hr owi ng hi s l i f e away. Money ' ' t
hel p h* Tyl er
t hought . I t wi l l onl y buy hi mmor e ' 40pe He wonder ed wher e
Woody was
get t i ng t he Tyl er t ur ned t o hi s si st er . Kendal l was br i ght
and
successf ul , and she had made t he most of her t al ent s. Mar c
was seat ed
next t o her , t el l i ng an amusi ng - @, Anecdot e t o Peggy. He' s
at t r act i ve
and char mi ng. Too he' s mar r i ed. And t hen t her e was Peggy.
He t hought of
her as 0 Why she put up wi t h Woody was beyond e must l ove
hi mver y much.
She cer t ai nl y hasn' t t t en t hi ng out of her mar r i age. He
wonder ed what
t he expr essi ons on t hei r f aces woul d be i f he st ood up and
sai d, '
cont r ol St anf or d . . . . . Ent er pr i ses. I had our f at her
mur der ed, hi s body
dug up. I hi r ed someone t o i mper sonat e our ha#si st er . ' He
261 smi l ed at
t he t hought . I t was di f f i cul t hol di ng a secr et as
del i ci ous as t he one
he had. Af t er l unch, Tyl er went t o hi s r oomt o t el ephone
Lee agai n.
Ther e was no answer . He' s out wi t h someone, Tyl er t hought ,
despai r i ngl y.
He doesn' t bel i eve me about t he yacht .
Wel l , I ' l l pr ove i t t o hi m! When i s t hat damn wi l l goi ng
t o be pr obat ed?
F/ I have t o cal l Fi t zger al d, or t hat young l awyer , St eve
Sl oane. Ther e
was a knock at t he door . Cl ar k st ood t her e. ' me, J udge
St anf or d.
A l et t er ar r i ved f or you. ' Pr obabl y f r omKei t h Per cy,
congr at ul at i ng me.
" Thank you, Cl ar k. ' He t ook t he envel ope. I t had a Kansas
Ci t y r et ur n
addr ess. He st ar ed at i t a moment , puzzl ed, t hen opened i t
and began t o
r ead t he l et t er . Dear J udge St anf or d, I t hi nk you shoul d
know t hat you
have a hay si st er named J ul i a. She i s t he daught er of
Rosemar y Nel son
and your f at her . She l i ves her e i n Kansas Ci t y. Her
addr ess i s 1425
Met ca4( Avenue, Apar t ment 3B, Kansas Ci t y, Kansas. I ' msur e
J ul i a woul d
be most happy t o hear f r omyou. Si ncer el y, A Fr i end Tyl er
st ar ed at t he
l et t er di sbel i evi ngl y, and he f el t a col d chi l l . ' he
cr i ed al oud.
" No! ' I won' t have i t ! 262 now! Maybe she' s a f ake. But he
had a
t er r i bl e bel i ng t hat t hi s J ul i a was genui ne. And now t he
bi t ch i s
comi ngf or war d t o cl ai mher shar e of t he est at e! My h r e, y
a T l er
cor r ect ed hi msel f . I t doesn' t bel ong t o her . I can' t l et
her come her e.
I t woul d r ui n ever yt hi ng. I woul d have t o expl ai n t he
ot her J ul i a, and. .
He shudder ed. ' ! ' I have t o have her t aken car e of . Fast .
He r eached f or
t he t el ephone and d. i al ed Hal Baker ' s number .
Chapt er Twent y- t wo.
The der mat ol ogi st shook hi s head. ' ' ve seen cases si mi l ar
t o your s, but
never one t hi s bad. ' Hal Baker scr at ched hi s hand and
nodded. ' see, Mr .
Baker , we wer e conf r ont ed wi t h t hr ee possi bi l i t i es. Your
i t chi ng coul d
have been caused by a f ungus, an al l er gy, or i t coul d be
neur oder mat i t i s. The ski n scr api ng I t ook f r omyour hand
and put under
t he mi cr oscope showed me t hat i t wasn' t a f ungus. And you
sai d you
di dn' t handl e chemi cal s on t he j ob . . ' ' s r i ght . ' ' , we' ve
nar r owed i t
down. What you have i s l i chen si mpl ex chr oni cus or
l ocal i zed
neur oder mat i t i s. ' ' sounds awf ul . I s t her e somet hi ng you
can do about
i t t ' , t her e i s. ' The doct or t ook a t ube f r oma cabi net i n
a comer of
t he of f i ce and opet i ed i t . ' your hand i t chi ng nowt Hal
Baker scr at ched
agai n. ' . I t f eel s l i ke i t ' s on f i r e. ' ' want you t o r ub
some of t hi s
cr eamon your hand. ' 264 Hal Baker squeezed out some of
t he cr eamand
began t o r ub i t i nt o hi s hand. I t was l i ke a mi r acl e. '
i t chi ng has
st opped! ' Baker sai d. ' . Use t hat , and you won' t have any
mor e V,
pr obl em. ' ' you, doct or . I can' t t el l you what a r el i ef
t hi s i s 11, 11
gi ve you a pr escr i pt i on. You can t ake t he t ube wi t h you. "
" Thank you. ' P vi n r i i g home, Hal Baker was si ngi ng
al oud. I t was t he
f i r st t i me si nce he had met J udge Tyl er St anf or d t hat hi s
hand had not
i t ched. I t was a wonder f ul f eel i ng of f r eedom. St i l l
whi st l i ng, he
pul l ed i nt o t he gar age, and wal ked i nt o t he ki t chen. Hel en
was wai t i ng
f or hi m. ' had a t el ephone cal l , ' she sai d. ' Mr . J ones.
He sai d i t was
ur gent . 9 Hi s hand began i t chi ng. 1w, Re had hur t some
peopl e, but he had
done i t f or t he l ove of hi s ki ds. He had commi t t ed some
cr i mes, but " At
was f or t he - f ami l y. Hal Baker di d not bel i eve he r eal l y
had been at
f aul t . Thi s was di f f er ent . Thi s was a col d- bl ooded mur der .
When he had
r et ur ned t he phone cal l , he had pr ot est ed. ' can' t do
t hat , j udge.
You' l l have t o f i nd someone el se. ' 265 Ther e had been a
si l ence. And
t hen, ' ' s t he f ami l y?' The f l i ght t o Kansas Ci t y was
unevent f ul .
J udge St anf or d had gi ven hi mdet ai l ed i nst r uct i ons. ' name
i s J ul i a
St anf or d You have her addr ess and apar t ment number . She
won' t be
expect i ng you. Al l you have t o do i s go t her e and handl e
her . ' He t ook a
t axi f r omt he Kansas Ci t y Downt own Ai r por t t o downt own
Kansas Ci t y.
" Beaut i f ul day, ' t he t axi dr i ver sai d. ' . ' ' di d you come
i n f r om?' '
Yor k. I l i ve her e. ' ' pl ace t o f i ve. ' ' i s. I have a
l i t t l e r epai r wor k
t o do ar ound t he house. Woul d you dr op me of f at a
har dwar e st or et ' . '
Fi ve mi nut es l at er , Hat Baker was sayi ng t o a cl er k i n t he
st or e, ' need
a hunt i ng kni f e. ' ' have j ust t he t hi ng, si r . Woul d you
come t hi s way,
pl easet The kni f e was a t hi ng of beaut y, about si x i nches
l ong, wi t h a
shar p poi nt ed end and ser r at ed edges.
" Wi l l t hi s do?' ' ' msur e i t wi l l , ' Hal Baker sai d. ' t hat
be cash or
char get 266 ' . ' Hi s next st op was at a st at i oner y st or e.
Hal Baker
st udi ed t he apar t ment bui l di ng at 1425 Met cal f Avenue f or
f i ve mi nut es,
exami ni ng exi t s and ent r ances. He l ef t and r et ur ned at 8
P. m. , when i t
began t o get dar k. He want ed t o make sur e t hat i f J ul i a
St an- , f or d had
a j ob, she woul d be home f r omwor k. He had not ed t hat t he
apar t ment
bui l di ng had no door man. Ther e was an el evat or , but he
t ook t he st ai r s.
I t was not smar t t o be i n smal l encl osed pl aces. They wer e
t r aps. He
r eached t he t hi r d f l oor . Apar t ment 3B was down t he hal l on
t he l ef t . The
kni f e was t aped t o t he i nsi de pocket of hi s j acket . He
r ang t he
door bel l . A moment l at er , t he door opened, and he f ound
hi msel f f aci ng
an at t r act i ve woman. ' . ' , She had a ni ce smi l e. ' I hel p
yout She was
younger t han he had expect ed, and he wonder ed f l eet i ngl y
why J udge
St anf or d want ed her ki l l ed. Wel l , t hat ' s none of my
busi ness.
He t ook out a car d and handed i t t o her . ' ' mwi t h t he A. C.
Ni el sen
Company, ' he sai d smoot hl y. ' don' t ' have any of t he
Ni el sen f ami l y i n
t hi s ar ea, and we' r e l ooki ng f or peopl e who mi ght be
i nt er est ed. ' She
shook her head. ' , t hanks. ' She st ar t ed t o cl ose t he door .
Ve pay one
hundr ed dol l ar s a week. ' The door st ayed hal f open. 267 '
hundr ed
dol l ar s a week?' 6yes, ma' am. ' The door was wi de open now.
' you have t o
do i s r ecor d t he names of t he pr ogr ams you wat ch. We' l l
gi ve you a
cont r act f or one year . ' Fi ve t housand dol l ar s! ' i n, ' she
sai d. He
wal ked i nt o t he apar t ment . ' down, Mr . - ' ' . J i mAl l en. '
' . Al l en. How
di d you happen t o sel ect met ' company does r andom
checki ng. We have t o
make sur e t hat none of t he peopl e i s i nvol ved i n
t el evi si on i n any way,
so we can keep our sur vey accur at e. You don' t have any
connect i on wi t h
any t el evi si on pr oduct i on pr ogr ams or net wor ks, do yout
She l aughed. ' ,
no. What woul d I have t o do exact l y99 ' ' s r eal l y ver y
si mpl e. We' l l gi ve
you a char t wi t h al l t he t el evi si on pr ogr ams l i st ed on i t ,
and al l you
have t o do i s make a check mar k ever y t i me you wat ch a
pr ogr am. That way
our comput er can f i gur e out how many vi ewer s each pr ogr am
has. The
Ni el sen f ami l y i s scat t er ed ar ound t he Uni t ed St at es, so
we get a cl ear
pi ct ur e of whi ch shows ar e popul ar i n whi ch ar eas and wi t h
whom. Woul d
you be i nt er est edt ' , yes. ' He t ook out some pr i nt ed f or ms
and a pen. '
many hour s a day do you wat ch t el evi si ont 268 ' ver y many.
I wor k al l
day. , ' you do wat chsome t el evi si on?' ' , cer t ai nl y. I
wat ch t he news at
ni l i t , and some- 9 t i mes an ol d movi e. I l i ke Lar r y
Ki ng. ' He made a
not e. ' you wat ch much educat i onal t el evi si on?' ' wat ch
PBS on Sundays. '
' t he way, do you l i ve al one her e?' ' have a r oommat e, but
she' s xi @t
her e. ' So t hey wer e al one. Hi s hand began t o i t ch. He
st ar t ed t o r each
i nt o hi s i nsi de pocket t o unt ape t he kni f e. He hear d
f oot st eps i n t he
hal l out si de. He st opped. ' you say I get f i ve t housand
dol l ar s a year
j ust f or doi ng t hi s?' ' ' s r i ght . Oh, I f or got t o ment i on.
We al so gi ve
you a new col or TV set . ' ' ' s f ant ast i d' The f oot st eps wer e
gone. He
r eached i nsi de hi s pocket agai n, and f el t t he handl e of
t he kni f e- . ' I
have a gl ass of wat er , pl ease? I t ' s been a l ong day. ' ' . '
He wat ched
her . get up and go over t o t he smal l bar i n t he cor ner . He
sl i pped t he
kni f e out of i t s sheat h and moved up behi nd her . She wag
sayi ng, '
r oommat e wat ches PBS mor e, t han I do. ' He l i f t ed t he
kni f e, r eady t o
st r i ke. ' J ul i a' s mor e i nt el l ect ual t han I am. ' Baker ' s
hand f r oze i n
mi dai r . ' 269 ' r oommat e. Or she was. She' s gone. I f ound
a not e when I
got home sayi ng she had l ef t and di dn' t know when she' d be
- ' She t ur ned
ar ound, hol di ng t he gl ass of wat er , and saw t he upr ai sed
kni f e i n hi s
hand. ' . . . T She scr eamed. Hal Baker t ur ned and f l ed. Hal
Baker
t el ephoned Tyl er St anf or d. ' ' mi n Kansas Ci t y, but t he
gi r l i s gone. ' '
do you mean, gonet ' r oommat e says she l ef t . ' He was
si l ent f or a
moment . ' have a f eel i ng she' s headed f or Bost on. I want
you t o get up
her e r i ght away. 9 ' , si r . ' Tyl er St anf or d sl ammed down t he
r ecei ver and
began t o pace. Ever yt hi ng had been goi ng so per f ect l y! The
gi r l had t o
be f ound and di sposed of . She was a l oose cannon. Even
af t er he r ecei ved
cont r ol of t he est at e, Tyl er knew he woul d not r est easy
as l ong as she
was al i ve. r ve got t o f i nd her , Tyl er t hought . r ve got t o!
But wher e?
Cl ar k came i nt o t he r oom.
" Excuse me, J udge St anf or d. Ther e i s a Mi ss. J ul i a
St anf or d her e t o see
you. ' 270
Chapt er Twent y- t hr ee.
i t was because of Kendal l t hat J ul i a deci ded t o go t o
Bost on. Ret ur ni ng
f r oml unch one day, J ul i a passed an excl usi ve dr ess shop,
and i n t he
wi ndow was an or i gi nal desi gn by Kendal l . J ul i a l ooked at
i t f or a l ong
t i me. That ' s my si st er , J ul i a t hought . I can' t bl ame her
f or what
happened t o my mot her . And I can' t bl ame my br ot her s. And
suddenl y she
was f i l l ed wi t h an over power i ng desi r e t o see t hem, t o
meet t hem; t o
t al k t o t hem, t o have a f ami l y at l ast . When J ul i a
r et ur ned t o t he
of f i ce, she t ol d. Max Tol ki n t hat she woul d be gone f or a
f ew days.
Embar r assed, she sai d, ' wonder i f I coul d have an advance
on my sal ar yt
Tol ki n smi l ed. ' . You have a vacat i on comi ng. Her e. Have a
good t i me. '
Wi l l I have a good t i me? J ul i a wonder ed. Or amI maki ng a
t er r i bl e
mi st ake? When J ul i a r et ur ned home, Sal l y had not ar r i ved
yet . I can' t
wai t f or her , J ul i a deci ded. I f I don' t go now, I ' l l 271
never go.
She packed her sui t case and l ef t a not e. . On t he way t o
t he bus
t er mi nal , J ul i a had second t hought s. What amI doi ng? Why
di d I make
t hi s sudden deci si on? Then she t hought wr yl y, Sudden? I t ' s
t aken me
f our t een year s! She was f i l l ed wi t h an enor mous sense of
exci t ement .
What was her f ami l y goi ng t o be l i ke? She knew t hat one of
her br ot her s
was a j udge, t he ot her was a f amous pol o pl ayer , and her
si st er was a
f amous desi gner . I t ' s af wni l y of achi ever s, J ul i a t hought ,
and who amP
I hope t hey don' t l ook down on me. Mer el y t hi nki ng about
what l ay ahead
made J ul i a' s hear t ski p a beat . She boar ded a Gr eyhound
bus and was on
her way. When t he bus ar r i ved at Sout h St at i on i n Bost on,
J ul i a f ound a
t axi . ' t o, l adyt t he dr i ver asked. And J ul i a compl et el y
l ost - her
ner ve. She had i nt ended t o say, ' Hi l l . ' I nst ead, she
sai d, T don' t
know. ' The t axi dr i ver t ur ned ar ound t o l ook at her . ' , I
don' t know,
ei t her . ' ' you j ust dr i ve ar ound? I ' ve never been t o
Bost on bef or e. ' He
nodded. ' . ' They dr ove west al ong Summer St r eet unt i l t hey
r eached t he
Bost on Common. The dr i ver sai d, ' i s t he ol dest publ i c
par k i n t he
Uni t ed St at es. They used t o use i t f or hangi ngs! 272 And
J ul i a coul d
hear her mot her ' s voi ce. V used t o t ake t he chi l dr en t o
t he Common i n
t he wi nt er t o i ceskat e. Woody was a nat ur al at hl et e. I
wi sh you coul d
have met hi m, J ul i a He was such a handsome boy. I al ways
t hought he was
goi ng t o be t he successf ul one i n t hef wni l y. ' I t was as
t hough her
mot her wer e wi t h her , shar i ng t hi s moment . They had
r eached Char l es
St r eet , t he ent r ance t o t he Publ i c Gar den. The dr i ver
sai d, ' t hose
br onze duckl i ngs? Bel i eve i t or not , t hey' ve al l got
names. ' ' used t o
have pi cni cs i n t he Publ i c Gar den. Ther e ar e cut e br onze
duckl i ngs at
t he ent r ance. They' r e named J ack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack,
Ouack, Pack,
and Quack. ' J ul i a had t hought t hat was so f unny t hat she
had made her
mot her r epeat t he names over an dover agai n. J ul i a l ooked
at t he met er .
The dr i ve was get t i ng expensi ve. ' you r ecommend an
i nexpensi ve hot el t
' . How about t he Copl ey Squar e Hot ef f ' you t ake me t her e,
pl easet ' . '
Fi ve mi nut es l at er , t hey pul l ed up i n f r ont of t he hot el .
' Bost on,
l ady. ' ' you. ' AmI goi ng t o enj oy i t , or wi l l i t be a
di sast er ? J ul i a
pai d t he dr i ver and went i nt o t he hot el . She appr oached
t he young cl er k
behi nd t he desk. 273 ' , " he sai d. ' I hel p you? ' ' d l i ke a
r oom,
Pl ease. ' ' ' . ' l ong wi l l you be st ayi ng?' She hesi t at ed.
An hour ? Ten
year s? ' don' t know. ' ' . ' He checked t he key r ack. ' have
a ni ce si ngl e
f or you on t he f our t h f l oor . ' ' you. ' She si gned t he
r egi st er i n a neat
hand- J ul i a St anf or d. The cl er k handed her a key. ' you
ar e. Enj oy your
st ay. , The r oomwas smal l , but neat and cl ean. As soon as
J ul i a
unpacked, she t el ephoned Sal l y. ' ? My God! Wher e ar e you?,
' ' mi n
Bost on. ' ' you al l r i ght t She sour i ded hyst er i cal . ' . Whyt
" Someone came
t o t he apar t ment , l ooki ng f or you, and I t hi nk he want ed
t o ki l l you! ' '
ar e you t al ki ng about ?' ' had a kni f e and . . . you shoul d
have seen t ho
l ook on hi s f ace - . . ' She was gaspi ng f or br eat h.
" When he f ound out I wasn' t you, he r an! ' ' don' t bel i eve
i t ! ' ' sai d he
was wi t h A. C. Ni el sen, but I cal l ed t hei r ' of f i ce, and
t hey never hear d
of hi m! Do you know anyone who woul d want t o har myout 274
' cour se not ,
Sal l y! Don' t be r i di cul ous! Di d you cal l t he pol i ce?' '
di d. But t her e
wasn' t much t hey coul d do except t el l me t o be mor e
car ef ul . ' ' , I ' m
j ust f i ne, so don' t wor r y. ' She hear d Sal l y t ake a deep
br eat h. ' r i ght .
As l ong as you' r e okay. J ul i at ' . ' ' car ef ul , wi l l you?' '
cour se. '
Sal l y and her i nui gi nat i or l i Who i n t he wor l d woul d want
t o ki l l me? '
you know when you' r e comi ng back?' The same ki nd of
quest i on t he cl er k
had asked her . ' . ' ' ' r e t her e t o see your f ami l y, ar en' t
yout ' . ' ' I
uck. ' ' , Sal l y. ' ' i n t ouch. ' ' wi l l . ' J ul i a r epl aced t he
r ecei ver . She
st ood t her e, wonder i ng what t o do next . I f I had any
br ai ns, I woul d get
back on t he bus and go, home. I ' ve been st al l i ng. Di d I
come t o Bost on
t o see t he si ght s? No. I came her e t o meet my f ami l y. AmI
goi ng t o meet
t hem? No . . . Yes . . . She sat on t he edge of t he bed, her
mi nd i n a
t ur moi l . What i f t hey hat e me? I must not t hi nk t hat .
They' r e i ng t o
l ove me, and I mgoi ng t o l ove t hem. She l ooked t he
t el ephone and
t hought , Maybe i t woul d be bet t er 275 see I cal l ed t hem.
No. Then t hey
mi ght not want t o me. She went t o t he cl oset and sel ect ed
her best dr ess.
I f I don I t do i t now, I ' l l never do i t , J ul i a deci ded.
Thi r t y mi nut es
l at er , she was i n a t axi on her way t o Rose Hi l l t o meet
her f ami l y.
Chapt er Twent y- f our .
Tyl er was st ar i ng at Cl ar k i n di sbel i ef ' ' St anf or d . . . i s
her et " Yes,
si r . ' Ther e was a puzzl ed t one i n t he but l er ' s voi ce. ' i t
i sn' t t he
same Mi ss. St anf or d who was her e ear l i er . ' Tyl er f or ced a
smi l e. '
cour se not . I ' maf r ai d i t ' s an i mpost or . ' ' i mpost or ,
si r ?"
" Yes. They' l l be comi ng out of t he woodwor k, Cl ar k, al l
cl ai mi ng a r i ght
t o t he f ami l y f or t une. ' ' ' s t er r i bl e, si r . Shal l I cal l
t he pol i cet
" No, ' Tyl er sai d qui ckl y. That was t he l ast t hi ng he
want ed . I ' l l
handl e i t . Send her i nt o t he l i br ar y. ' ' , si r . ' Tyl er ' s
mi nd was r aci ng.
So t he r eal J ul i a St anf or d had f i nal l y showed up. I t was
f or t unat e t hat
none of t he ot her member s of t he f ami l y was. home at t he
moment . He
woul d have t o get r i d of her i mmedi at el y. Tyl er wal ked
i nt o t he l i br ar y.
J ul i a was st andi ng i n t he mi ddl e of t he r oom, l ooki ng at a
por t r ai t of
Har r y St anf or d. Tyl er st ood t her e a moment , st udyi ng 277
t he woman. She
was beaut i f ul . J t was t oo bad t hat . . . ' J ul i a t ur ned
ar ound and saw
hi m. ' . ' cyou' r e Tyl er . ' ' ' s r i ght . Who ar e yout Her smi l e
f aded. ' ' t
. . . ? I ' mJ ul i a St anf or d. ' ' ? Yool f or gi ve my aski ng, but
do you have
any pr oof of t hat t ' ? Wel l , Yes . . . I . . . t hat i s . . . no
pr oof . I j ust
assumed - He moved cl oser t o her .
" How di d you happen t o come her egg ' deci ded t hat i t was
t i me t o meet my
f ami l y. ' ' t went y- si x year st ' . ' Looki ng at her , l i st eni ng
t o her speak,
t her e was no quest i on i n Tyl er ' s mi nd. She was genui ne,
danger ous, and
woul d have t o be di sposed of qui ckl y. Tyl er f or ced a
smi l e. ' , you can
i magi ne what a shock t hi s i s t o me. I mean, f or you t o
appear her e out
of t he bl ue and. 11 know. I ' msor r y. I pr obabl y shoul d
have cal l ed
f i r st . ' Tyl er asked casual l y, ' came t o Bost on al onet ' . '
Hi s mi nd was
r aci ng. ' anyone el se know you' r e her et " No. Wel l , my
r oommat e, Sal l y,
i n Kansas Ci t y. ' 278 ' ar e you st ayi ng?' . ' t he Copl ey
Squar e Hot el . '
' ' s a ni ce hot el . What r oomar e you i nt ' ni net een. ' '
r i ght . Why don' t
you go back t o your hot el and wai t t her e f or us? I want t o
pr epar e Woody
and Kendal l f or t hi s. They' r e goi ng t o be as sur pr i sed as
I was. ' 61@i n
sor r y. I shoul d have ' pr obl em. Now t hat we' ve met , I know
t hat
ever yt hi ng i s goi ng t o be j ust f i ne. ' ' you, Tyl er . ' ' ' r e
wel come' - he
al most choked on t he wor d. ' . Let me cal l a t axi f or you. '
Fi ve mi nut es
l at er , she was gone. Hal Baker had j ust r et ur ned t o hi s
hot el r oomi n
downt own Bost on when t he t el ephone cal l came. He pi cked i t
up. '
" I ' m- sor r y. I have no news yet , j udge. I ' ve combed t hi s
whol e t own. I
went t o t he ai r por t and ' ' s her e, st upi d! ' ' ' ' s her e i n
Bost on. She' s
st ayi ng at - t he Copl ey Squar e Hot el , r oomf our ni net een. I
want her
t aken car e of t oni ght . And I don' t want any mor e bungl i ng,
do you
under st andt ' happened was not my 279 ' you under st andt
4Yes, si r . ' ' do
i d' Tyl er sl ammed down t he r ecei ver . He went t o f i nd
Cl ar k. ' , about
t hat young woman who was her e pr et endi ng she was my
si st er t ' , si r t '
woul dn' t say anyt hi ng about i t t o t he ot her member s of t he
f ami l y. I t
woul d j ust upset t hem. ' ' under st and, si r .
You' r e ver y t hought f ul . ' J ul i a wal ked over t o t he
Ri t z- Car l t on f or
di nner . The hot el was beaut i f ul , j ust as her mot her had
descr i bed i t . On
Sunday, I used t o t ake t he chi l dr en t her e f or br unch.
J ul i a sat i n t he
di ni ng r oomand vi sual i zed her mot her t her e at a t abl e
wi t h young Tyl er ,
Woody and Kendal l . I wi sh I coul d have gr own up wi t h
t hem, - J ul i a
t hought . But at l east r mgoi ng t he meet t hemnow. She
wonder ed whet her
her mot her woul d have appr oved of what she was doi ng.
J ul i a had been
t aken aback by Tyl er ' s r ecept i on. He had seemed . . . col d.
But t hat ' s
onl y nat ur al , J ul i a t hought . A st r anger wal ks i n and says,
' your
si st er . ' Of cour se he woul d be suspi ci ous. But r msur e I
can convi nce
t hem. When t he check came, J ul i a st ar ed at i t i n shock. I
have t o be
car ef ul , she t hought . I have t o have enough money l ef t t o
t ake t he bus
back t o Kansas. As she st epped out si de t he Ri t z- Car l t on, a
t our bus was
get t i ng r eady t o l eave. On an i mpul se, she boar ded 280 i t -
She want ed t o
see as much of her mot her ' s ci t y as she coul d. Hal Baker
st r ode i nt o t he
l obby of t he Copl ey Squar e Hot el as t hough he bel onged
t her e and t ook
t he st ai r s t o t he f our t h f l oor . Thi s t i me t her e woul d be
no mi st ake.
Room419 was i n t he mi ddl e of t he cor r i dor . Hal Baker
scanned t he
hal l way t o make sur e no one was ar ound, and knocked on t he
door . Ther e
was no answer . He knocked agai n. ' . St anf or dt St i l l no
answer . He t ook a
smal l case f r omhi s pocket and sel ect ed a pi ck. I t t ook
hi monl y seconds
t o open t he door . Hal Baker st epped i nsi de, cl osi ng t he
door behi nd hi m.
The r oomwas empt y. ' . St anf or dt He wal ked i nt o t he
bat hr oom. Empt y. He
went back i nt o t he bedr oom. He t ook a kni f e out of hi s
pocket , moved a
chai r i n back of t he door , and sat i n t he dar k, wai t i ng.
I t was one hour
l at er when he hear d someone appr oachi ng. Hal Baker r ose
qui ckl y and
st odd behi nd t he door , t he kni f e i n hi s hands. He hear d
t he key t ur n i n
t he l ock, and t he door st ar t ed t o' swi ng open* ' He r ai sed
t he kni f e hi gh
over hi s head, r eady t o st r i ke. J ul i a St anf or d st epped i n
and pr essed
t he l i ght swi t ch on. He hear d her say, ' wel l . Come i n. ' A
cr owd of
r epor t er s pour ed i nt o t he r oom.
Chapt er Twent y- f i ve.
i t was Gor don Wel l man, t he ni ght manager at t he Copl ey
Squar e Hot el , who
i nadver t ent l y saved J ul i a! s l i f e. He had come on dut y at
si x o' cl ock
t hat eveni ng, and had aut omat i cal l y checked t he hot el
r egi st er , When he
came acr oss t he name of J ul i a St anf or d, he st ar ed at i t i n
sur pr i se.
Ever si nce Har r y St anf or d had di ed, t he newspaper s had
been f ul l of
st ones about t he St anf or d f ami l y. They had dr edged up t he
anci ent
scandal of St anf or d' s af f ai r wi t h t he chi l dr en' s gover ness
and t he
sui ci de of St anf or d- s wi f e. Har r y St anf or d had an
i l l egi t i mat e daught er
named J ul i a. Ther e wer e r umor s t hat she had come t o Bost on
i n secr et .
Shor t l y af t er goi ng on a shoppi ng spr ee, she had
r epor t edl y l ef t f or
Sout h Amer i ca. Now, i t seemed t hat she was back. And she' s
st ayi ng at my
hot el ! Gor don Wel l man t hought exci t edl y. He t ur ned t o t he
f r ont - desk
cl er k. ' you know how much publ i ci t y t hi s coul d mean f or
t he hot el t A
mi nut e l at er , he was on t he t el ephone t o t he pr ess. 282
When J ul i a
ar r i ved back at t he hot el af t er her si ght seei ng t our , t he
l obby was
f i l l ed wi t h r epor t er s, - eager l y awai t i ng her . As soon as
she wal ked
i nt o t he l obby, t hey pounced. ' . St anf or d! I ' mf r omt he
Bost on Gl obe.
We' ve been l ooki ng f or you, but we hear d t hat you had l ef t
t own. Coul d
you t el l us. . I T A t el evi si on camer a was poi nt ed at her .
' . St anf or d,
I ' mwi t h WCVB- TV. We' d l i ke t o get a st at ement f r omyou
. . . ' ' .
St anf or d, I ' mf r omt he Bost on Phoeni x. We want t o know
your r eact i on t o.
- . ' ' t hi s way, Mi ss. St anf or d! Smi l e! Thank you. '
Fl ashes wer e
poppi ng. J ul i a st ood t her e, f i l l ed wi t h conf usi on. Oh, my
God, she
t hought . Thef ai nf l y i s goi ng t o t hi nk t hat r msome ki nd of
publ i ci t y
hound. She t ur ned t o t he r epor t er s. ' ' msor r y. I have
not hi ng t o say. "
She f l ed i nt o t he el evat or . They pi l ed i n af t er her . '
magazi ne want s t o
do a st or y on your l i f e, and what i t f eel s l i ke t o be
est r anged f r om
your f ami l y f or over t went y- f i ve year s. ' - Ve hear d you had
gone t o Sout h
Amer i ca. ' ' you pl anni ng t o l i ve i n Bost on . . . T ' ar en' t
you st ayi ng at
Rose Hi l l . . . T She got out of t he el evat or at t he f our t h
f l oor and
hur r i ed down t he cor r i dor . They wer e at her heel s.
Ther e was no way t o escape t hem. J ul i a t ook out her key
and opened t he
door t o her 283 r oom. She st epped i nsi de and t ur ned on t he
l i ght . '
wel l . Come i n. ' Hi dden behi nd t he door , Hal Baker was
caught by
sur pr i se, t he kni f e i n hi s r ai sed hand. As t he r epor t er s
shoved past
hi m, he qui ckl y put t he kni f e back i n hi s pocket and
mi ngl ed wi t h t he
gr oup. . J ul i a t ur ned t o t he r epor t er s. ' r i ght . One
quest i on at a t i me,
pl ease. ' Fr ust r at ed, Baker backed t owar d t he door and
sl i pped out .
J udge St anf or d was not goi ng t o be pl eased. For t he next
t hi r t y mi nut es,
J ul i a answer ed quest i ons as best she coul d. Fi nal l y, t hey
wer e gone.
J ul i a l ocked t he door and went t o bed. I n t he mor ni ng, t he
t el evi si on
st at i ons and newspaper s f eat ur ed st or i es about J ul i a
St anf or d. Tyl er
r ead t he paper s and was f ur i ous. Woody and Kendal l j oi ned
hi mat t he
br eakf ast t abl e. ' ' s al l t hi s nonsense about some woman
cal l i ng her sel f
J ul i a St anf or dt Woody asked. ' ? s a phony, ' Tyl er sai d
gl i bl y.
" She came t o t he door yest er day, demandi ng money, and I
sent her away. I
di dn' t expect her t o pul l a cheap publ i ci t y st unt l i ke
t hi s. Don' t
wor r y. I ' l l t ake car e of her . ' He put i n a cal l t o Si mon
Fi t zger al d.
" Have you seen t he mor ni ng paper st ' . ' 284
she' T' shi sur coni st aer r t i st i s
goi ng ar ound t own cl ai mi ng t hat Fi t zger al d sai d, ' you
want me t o have
her ar r est ed?' ' ! That woul d onl y cr eat e mor e publ i ci t y" .
I want you t o
get her out of t own. ' ' r i ght . I ' l l t ake car e, of i t ,
J udge St anf or d. ' '
you. ' Si mon Fi t zger al d sent f or ' St eve Sl oane. ' ' s a
pr obl em, ' he sai d.
St eve nodded. ' know. I ' ve hear d t he mor ni ng news and seen
t he paper s.
Who i s shet ' someone who t hi nks she can hor n i n on t he
f ami l y f or t une.
J udge St anf or d suggest ed we get her out of t own. Wi l l you
handl e her t '
pl easur e, ' St eve sai d gr i ml y. One hour l at er , St eve was
knocki ng on
J ul i a' s hot el r oomdoor . When J ul i a opened t he door and
saw hi mst andi ng
t her e she sai d, ' ' msor r y. I ' mnot t al ki ng t o any mor e
r epor t er s. I ' ' m
not a r epor t er . May I come i nt " Who ar e yout ' name i s
St eve Sl oane. I ' m
wi t h t he l aw f i r mr epr esent i ng t he Har r y St anf or d est at e. '
' . I see.
Yes. Come i n. " St eve wal ked i nt o t he r oom. 285 ' you t el l
t he pr ess t hat
you ar e J ul i a St anf or d?' ' ' maf r ai d I was caught of f
guar d. I di dn' t
expect t hem, you see, and. - . ' ' you di dcl ai mt o be Har r y
St anf or d' s
daught er t ' . I amhi s daught er . ' He l ooked at her and sai d
cyni cal l y,
" Of cour se, you have pr oof of t hat . ' ' , no, ' J ul i a sai d
sl owl y. '
don' t . ' ' on, ' St eve i nsi st ed. ' must have some pr oof . ' He
i nt ended t o
nai l her wi t h her own l i es. ' have not hi ng, ' she sai d. He
st udi ed her ,
sur pr i sed. She was not what he had expect ed. Ther e was a
di sar mi ng
f r ankness about her . She seems i nt el l i gent . How coul d she
have been
st upi d enough t o come her e cl ai mi ng t o be f f ar r y
St anf or d' s daught er
wi t hout any pr oof ? ' ' s t oo bad, ' St eve sai d. ' St anf or d
want s you t o get
out of t own. ' J ul i a' s eyes wi dened. ' " That ' s r i ght . ' '
. . . I don' t
under st and. I haven' t even met my ot her br ot her or
si st er . ' So she' s
det er mi ned t o keep up t he bl uf f , St eve t hought . ' , I don' t
know who you
ar e, or what your game i s, but you coul d go t o j ai l f or
t hi s. We' r e
gi vi ng you a br eak. What you' r e doi ng i s agai nst t he l aw.
You have a
choi ce. Ei t her you can get out of t own and st op bot her i ng
t he f ami l y, or
we can have you ar r est ed. ' 286 J ul i a st ood t her e i n shock.
' ? I . . . I
don, t know what t o say. ' ' ' s your deci si on. ' ' don' t even
want t o see
met J ul i a asked numbl y. ' ' s put t i ng i t mi l dl y. ' She t ook a
deep br eat h.
' r i ght . I f t hat ' s what t hey want , I ' l l go back t o Kansas.
I pr omi se
you, t hey' l l never hear f r omme agai n. ' Kansas. You came a
l ong way t o
pul l your l i t t l e scam.
" That ' s ver y wi se. ' He st ood t her e a moment , wat chi ng her ,
puzzl ed.
" Wel l , good- bye. ' She di d not r epl y. St eve was i n Si mon
Fi t zger al d' s
of f i ce. ' you see t he woman, St evet ' . She' s goi ng back
home. ' He
seemed di st r act ed. ' . I ' l l t el l J udge St anf or d. He' l l be
pl eased. "
" Do you know what ' s buggi ng me, Si mont ' ' dog di dn' t
bar k. ' ' beg your
par dont ' Sher l ock Hol mes st or y. The cl ue was i n what
di dn' t happen. ' ' ,
what does t hat have t o do wi t h ' came her e wi t hout any
pr oof . I
Fi t zger al d l ooked at hi m, puzzl ed. ' don' t under st and.
That shoul d have convi nced you. ' ' t he cont r ar y. Why woul d
she come
her e, al l t he 287 way f r omKansas, cl ai mi ng t o be Har r y
St anf or d' s
daught er , and not have a si ngl e t hi ng t o back i t upt ' ar e
a l ot of
wei r dos out t her e, St eve. ' ' ' s not a wei r do. You shoul d
have seen her .
And t her e ar e a coupl e of ot her t hi ngs t hat bot her me,
Si mon. "
" Yes?' ' St anf or d' s body di sappear ed. When I went t o t al k
t o Dmi t r i
Kami nsky, t he onl y wi t ness t o St anf or d' s acci dent , he had
di sappear ed
. . . And no one seems t o know wher e t he f i r st J ul i a
St anf or d suddenl y
di sappear ed t o. ' Si mon Fi t zger al d was f r owni ng. ' ar e you
s . T ayi ng.
St eve sai d, sl owl y, ' ' s somet hi ng goi ng on t hat needs t o
be expl ai ned.
I ' mgoi ng t o have anot her t al k wi t h t he l ady. ' St eve
Sl oane wal ked i nt o
t he l obby of t he Copl ey Squar e Hot el and appr oached t he
desk cl er k. '
you r i ng Mi ss. J ul i a St anf or d, pl easet The cl er k l ooked
up.
" Oh, I ' msor r y. Mi ss. St anf or d has checked out . ' ' she
l eave a
f or war di ng addr ess?' ' , si r . I ' maf r ai d not . ' St eve st ood
t her e,
f r ust r at ed. Ther e was not hi ng mor e he coul d do. Wel l ,
maybe I was wr ong,
he t hought phi l osophi cal l y. Maybe she r eal l y i s an
i mpost or . Now we' l l
never know. He t ur ned and went out i nt o t he 288 st r eet .
The door man was
usher i ng a coupl e i nt o a t axi . ' me, ' St eve sai d. The
door man t ur ned. ' ,
si r ?' ' . I want t o ask you a quest i on. Di d you see Mi ss.
St anf or d come
out of t he hot el t hi s mor ni ng?. ' ' cer t ai nl y di d.
Ever ybody was st ar i ng at her . She' s qui t e a cel ebr i t y. I
got a t axi f or
her . ' ' don' t suppose you know wher e she went ?' He f ound
t hat he was
hol di ng hi s br eat h. ' . I t ol d t he cab dr i ver wher e t o t ake
her . " " And
wher e was t hat St eve asked i mpat i ent l y. ' t he Gr eyhound
bus t er mi nal at
Sout h St at i on. I t hought i t was st r ange t hat someone as
r i ch as t hat
woul d . . . ' ' do want a t axi . ' St eve wal ked i nt o t he
cr owded Gr eyhound
bus t er mi nal and l ooked ar ound. J ul i a was nowher e t o be
seen.
She' s gone, St eve t hought despai r i ngl y. A voi ce on a
l oudspeaker was
cal l i ng out t he depar t i ng buses. He hear d t he voi ce say,
' . . . and Kansas
Ci t y, ' and St eve hur r i ed out t o t he l oadi ng pl at f or m.
J ul i a was j ust
st ar t i ng t o get on t he bus. ' i t ! ' he cal l ed. She t ur ned,
st ar t l ed.
St eve hur r i ed up t o her . ' want t o t al k t o you. ' She
l ooked at hi m,
angr y. ' have not hi ng mor e t o say t o you. ' She t ur ned t o
go.
289 I RL He gr abbed her ar m. ' a mi nut e! We r eal l y have t o
t al k. ' ' bus
i s l eavi ng. ' ' ' l l be anot her one. ' ' sui t case i s on i t . "
St eve t ur ned t o
a por t er . ' woman i s about t o have a baby. Get her
sui t case out of
t her e. Qui ck! ' The por t er l ooked at J ul i a i n sur pr i se.
" Ri ght . ' He hur r i edl y opened t he l uggage compar t ment . ' i s
your s, l ady?'
J ul i a t ur ned t o St eve, puzzl ed. ' you know what you' r e
doi ng?"
" No, ' St eve sai d. She st udi ed hi ma moment , t hen made a
deci si on. She
poi nt ed t o, her sui t case. ' one. ' The por t er pul l ed i t
out . ' you want
me t o get you an ambul ance or anyt hi ng?"
" hank you. I ' l l be f i ne. " St eve pi cked up t he sui t case,
and t hey headed
f or t he exi t . ' you had br eakf ast t ' ' mnot hungr y, ' she
sai d col dl y. ' ' d
bet t er have somet hi ng. You' r e eat i ng f or t wo now, you
know. ' They had
br eakf ast at J ul i en. J ul i a sat acr oss f r omSt eve, her body
r i gi d wi t h
anger . When t hey had or der ed, St eve sai d, ' ' mcur i ous
about somet hi ng.
What made you t hi nk you coul d 290 cl ai mpar t of t he
St anf or d est at e
wi t hout any pr oof at al l of your i dent i t y?' She l ooked at
hi m
i ndi gnant l y. ' di dn' t go t her e t o cl ai mpar t of t he
St anf or d est at e. My
f at her woul dn' t have l ef t anyt hi ng t o me. I want ed t o meet
my f ami l y.
Obvi ousl y t hey di dn' t want t o meet me. ' ' you have any
document s . . . any
ki nd of pr oof at al l of who you ar e?' She t hought of al l
t he cl i ppi ngs
pi l ed up i n her apar t ment and shook her head. ' . Not hi ng. '
' ' s someone I
want you t o t al k t o. ' ' i s Si mon Fi t zger al d. ' St eve
hesi t at ed. ' . . . '
St anf or d. ' Fi t zger al d sai d skept i cal l y, ' down, mi ss. '
J ul i a sat on t he
edge of a chai r , r eady t o get up and wal k out . Fi t zger al d
was st udyi ng
her . She had t he St anf or d deep gr ay eyes, but so di d l ot s
of ot her
peopl e. ' cl ai myou' r e Rosemar y Nel son' s daught er . ' '
don' t cl ai m
anyt hi ng. I amRosemar y Nel son' s daught er . ' ' wher e i s
your mot her ?' '
di ed a number of year s ago. ' ' , I ' msor r y t o hear t hat .
Coul d you t el l us about her ?' ' , ' J ul i a sai d. ' r eal l y
woul d r at her
not . ' She st ood up. ' want t o get out of her e. ' ' , we' r e
t r yi ng t o hel p
you, ' St eve sai d. 291 She t ur ned on hi m. ' you? My f ami l y
doesn9t want
t o see me. You want t o t ur n me over t o t he pol i ce. I don' t
need t hat
ki nd of hel p. ' She st ar t ed t owar d t he door . St eve sai d, ' !
I f you ar e who you say you ar e, you must have somet hi ng
t hat wi l l pr ove
you' r e Har r y St anf or d9s daught er . ' ' t ol d you, I don' t , '
J ul i a sai d.
" My mot her and I shut Har r y St anf or d out of our l i ves. ' '
di d. your
mot her l ook l i ket Si mon Fi t zger al d asked. ' was
beaut i f ul , ' J ul i a sai d.
Her voi ce sof t ened. ' was t he l ovel i est . . . ' She
r emember ed somet hi ng. '
have a pi ct ur e of her . ' She t ook a smal l gol d hear t shaped
l ocket f r om
ar ound her neck and handed i t t o Fi t zger al d. He l ooked at
her a moment ,
t hen opened t he l ocket . On one si de was a pi ct ur e of Har r y
St anf or d, and
on t he ot her si de a pi ct ur e of Rosemar y Nel son. The
i nscr i pt i on r ead TO
R. N. wr r h LOVE, H. s. The dat e was 1969. Si mon Fi t zger al d
st ar ed at t he
l ocket f or a l ong t i me. When he l ooked up, hi s voi ce was
husky. ' owe
you an apol ogy, my dear . ' He t ur ned t o St eve.
" Thi s i s J ul i a St anf or d. "
Chapt er Twent y- si x.
Kendal l had been unabl e t o get t he conver sat i on wi t h Peggy
out of her
mi nd. Peggy seemed i ncapabl e of copi ng wi t h t he si t uat i on
by her sel f
" Woody' s t r yi ng har d. He r eal l y i s . . . Oh, I l ove hi mso
much! ' He needs
a l ot of hel p, Kendal l t hought . I have t o do somet hi ng.
He' s my
br ot her . , I must t al k t o hi m. Kendal l went t o f i nd Cl ar k.
' Mr . Woodr ow
at homet ' , ma' am. I bel i eve he' s i n hi s r oom. ' ' you. '
She t hought of
t he scene at t he t abl e, wi t h Peggy' s br ui sed f ace. '
happened. ?' '
bumped i nt o a door . . . ' How coul dshe haveput up wi t h i t al l
t hi s t i me?
Kendal l went upst ai r s and knocked on t he door t o Woody' s
r oom. Ther e was
no answer . ' ?' She opened t he door and st epped i nsi de. A
bi t t er al mond
smel l per meat ed t he r oom. Kendal l st ood t her e a moment ,
t hen moved
t owar d t he bat hr oom. She coul d see Woody t hr ough t he open
door . He was
heat i ng her oi n on a pi bce of al umi numf oi l . As i t began t o
l i qui f y and
evapor at e, she wat ched Woody i nhal e 293 t t he smoke f r oma
r ol l ed up
st r aw he hel d i n hi s mout h. Kendal l st epped i nt o t he
bat hr oom. ' . . . T
He l ooked ar ound and gr i nned. ' , Si s! ' He t ur ned and
i nhal ed deepl y
agai n. ' God' s sake! St op t hat v ' , r el ax. You know what
t hi s i s cal l ed?
Chasi ng t he dr agon. See t he l i t t l e dr agon cur l i ng up i n
t he smoke?' He
was smi l i ng happi l y. ' , pl ease l et me t al k t o you. ' , Si s.
What can I do
f or you? I know i t ' s not a money pr obl em. We' r e
bi l l i onai r es! What ar e
you l ooki ng so depr essed about ? The sun i s out , and i t - s a
beaut i f ul
day! ' Hi s eyes wer e gl i st eni ng. Kendal l st ood t her e
l ooki ng at hi m,
f i l l ed wi t h compassi on. ' , I had a t al k wi t h Peggy. She
t ol d me how
you got st ar t ed on dr ugs at t he hospi t al . ' He nodded. ' .
Best t hi ng t hat
ever happened t o me. ' ' . I t ' s t he most t er r i bl e t hi ng t hat
ever happened
t o you. Do you have any i dea what you' r e doi ng wi t h your
l i f et " Sur e I
do. I t ' s cal l ed l i vi ng i t up, Si s! ' She t ook hi s hand and
sai d,
ear nest l y, ' need hel p. ' ' ? I don' t need any hel p. I ' m
f i ne! ' ' , you
ar en' t . Li st en t o me, Woody. Thi s i s your l i f e we' r e
t al ki ng about , and
i t ' s not onl y your l i f e. Thi nk of Peggy. For year s you' ve
put her
t hr ough a l i vi ng hel l , and she st ood f or i t because she
l oves you 294 so
much dest r oyi n- gyhoeur ' sr e ' ' vnel ygdoet st r ooydi ong your
l i f e, you, r e
somet hi ng about t hi s now, bef or e i t ' s t oo l at e. I t ' s not
i mpor t ant how
you got st ar t ed on dr ugs. The i mpor t ant t hi ng i s t hat you
get of f t hem. '
Woody' s smi l e f aded. He l ooked i nt o Kendal l ' s eyes and
st ar t ed t o say
somet hi ng, t hen st opped. ' . ' ?" He l i cked hi s l i ps. ' . . .
I know you' r e
r i ght . I want t o st op. I ' ve t r i ed. God, how I ' ve t r i ed.
But I can' t . '
Cof cour se, you can, ' she sai d f i er cel y.
" You can do i t . We' r e goi ng t o beat t hi s t oget her . Peggy
and I ar e
behi nd you. Who suppl i es you wi t h her oi n, Woody?' He st ood
t her e,
l ooki ng at her i n ast oni shment . ' God! You don' t know?'
Kendal l shook
her head. ' . ' 4peggy.
Chapt er Twent y- seven.
Si mon Fi t zger al d l ooked at t he gol d l ocket f or a l ong
t i me. ' knew your
mot her , J ul i a, and I l i ked her . She was wonder f ul wi t h t he
St anf or d
chi l dr en, and t hey ador ed her . ' ' ador ed t hem, t oo, ' J ul i a
sai d. ' used
t o t al k t o me about t hemal l t he t i me. ' ' happened t o your
mot her was
t er r i bl e. You can' t i magi ne what a scandal i t cr eat ed.
Bost on can be a
ver y smal l t own. Har r y St anf or d behaved ver y badl y. Your
mot her had no
choi ce bui t o l eave. ' He shook hi s head. ' must have been
ver y di f f i cul t
f or t he t wo of you. ' ' had a har d t i me. The awf ul t hi ng
was t hat 1
- t hi nk she st i l l l oved Har r y St anf or d, i n spi t e of
ever yt hi ng. ' She
l ooked at St eve. ' don' t under st and what ' s happeni ng.
Why doesn' t my f ami l y want t o see met The t wo men
exchanged a l ook. ' me
expl ai n, ' St eve sai d. He hesi t at ed, choosi ng hi s wor ds
car ef ul l y. '
shor t t i me ago, a woman showed up her e, cl ai mi ng . be
J ul i a St anf or d. "
296 ' t hat ' s i mpossi bl e! ' J ul i a sai d. ' ' m. . . ' St eve hel d
up a hand. '
know. The f ami l y hi r ed a pr i vat e det ect i ve t o make sur e
she was
aut hent i c. ' ' t hey f ound out t hat she wasn' t . ' ' . They
f ound out t hat
she was. ' J ul i a l ooked at hi m, bewi l der ed. ' ?' ' det ect i ve
sai d he f ound
f i nger pr i nt s t hat t he woman had t aken when she got a-
dr i ver ' s l i cense
i n San Fr anci sco when she was sevent een and t hey mat ched
t he pr i nt s of
t he woman cal l i ng her sel f J ul i a St anf or d. ' J ul i a was mor e
puzzl ed t han
ever . ' I . . . I ' ve never been i n I ndi ana. " Fi t zger al d
sai d, ' , t her e may
be an el abor at e conspi r acy goi ng on t o get Par t of t he
St anf or d est at e.
I ' maf r ai d you' r e caught i n t he mi ddl e of i t . ' '
can' t bel i eve i t " ' i s
behi nd t hi s can' t af f or d t o have t wo J ul i a St anf or ds
ar ound. ' St eve
added, ' onl y way t he pl an can wor k successf ul l y i s t o get
you out of
t he way. ' ' you say " out of t he *ay . . . " ' She st opped,
r emember i ng
somet hi ng. ' , nol ' ' i s i t t Fi t zger al d asked. ' ni ght s ago
I t al ked t o
my r oommat e; and she was hyst er i cal . She sai d a man came
t o our
apar t ment wi t h a kni f e and t r i ed t o at t ack her . He t hought
she was me! '
I t was di f f i cul t f or J ul i a t o f i nd her voi ce. ' . . . who' s
doi ng t hi st
297 ' I had t o guess, I ' d say i t ' s pr obabl y a member of
t he f ami l y, '
St eve t ol d her . ' . . . whyt ' ' s a l ar ge f or t une at st ake,
and t he wi l l i s
goi ng t o be pr obat ed i n a f ew days. ' ' does t hat have t o
do wi t h me? My
f at her never even acknowl edged me. He woul dn' t have l ef t
me anyt hi ng. "
Fi t zger al d sai d, ' a mat t er of f act , i f we can pr ove your
i dent i t y, your
shar e of t he over al l est at e i s mor e t han a bi l l i on
dol l ar s. ' She sat
t her e, numb. When she f ound her voi ce, she sai d, ' bi l l i on
dol l ar st
" That ' s r i ght . But someone el se i s af t er t hat money.
That ' s why you' r e
i n danger . ' ' see. ' She. st ood t her e l ooki ng at t hem,
f eel i ng a r i si ng
pani c. ' amI goi ng t o dot ' ' l l t el l you what you' r e not
goi ng t o do, '
St eve t ol d her . ' ' r e not goi ng back t o a hot el . I want you
t o st ay out
of si ght unt i l we f i nd out what ' s goi ng on. ' ' coul d go
back t o Kansas
unt i l . , . Fi t zger al d sai d, ' t hi nk i t woul d be bet t er i f
you st ayed her e,
J ul i a. We' l l f i nd a pl ace t o hi de you. ' coul d st ay at my
house, ' St eve
suggest ed. ' one wi l l t hi nk of l ooki ng f or her t her e. ' The
t wo men
t ur ned t o J ul i a. She hesi t at ed. . ' Wel l . . . yes. That wi l l
be f i ne. ' ' . '
298 , J ul i a sai d sl owl y, ' of t hi s woul d be happeni ng i f
my f at her
hadn' t f al l en of f hi s yacht . ' ' , I don' t t hi nk he f el l , '
St eve t ol d her .
' t hi nk he was pushed. ' They t ook t he ser vi ce el evat or t o
t he of f i ce
bui l di ng gar age and got i nt o St eve' s car . ' don' t want
anyone t o see
you, ' St eve sai d. ' have t o keep you out of si ght f or t he
next f ew
days. ' They st ar t ed dr i vi ng down St at e St r eet .
" How about some l uncht J ul i a l ooked over at hi mand
smi l ed. ' al ways
seemt o be f eedi ng me. ' ' know a r est aur ant t hat ' s of f t he
beat en pat h.
I t ' s an ol d house on Gl oucest er St r eet . I don' t t hi nk
anyone wi l l see us
t her e. ' L' Espal i er was an el egant ni net eent h- cent ur y
t ownhouse wi t h one
of t he f i nest vi ews i n Bost on. As St eve and J ul i a wal ked
i n, t hey wer e
gr eet ed by t he capt ai n. ' af t er noon, ' he sai d. ' you come
t hi s way,
pl ease? I have a ni ce t abl e f or you by t he wi ndow. ' ' you
don' t mi nd, '
St eve sai d, ' ' d pr ef er some- t hi ng agai nst t he wal l . ' The
capt ai n
bl i nked. ' t he wal l t ' . We l i ke pr i vacy. ' ' cour se. " He
l ed t hemt o a
t abl e i n a comer . ' ' l l send your wai t er r i ght over . " He
was st ar i ng - at
J ul i a, and hi s f ace suddenl y l i t up. ' ! Mi ss. St anf or d.
I t ' s 299 11. , a
pl easur e t o have you her e. I saw your pi ct ur e i n t he
newspaper . ' J ul i a
l ooked at St eve, not knowi ng what t o say. St eve excl ai med,
' God! We
l ef t t he chi l dr en i n t he car ! Let ' s go get t hem! " And t o
t he capt ai n,
' ' d l i ke t wo mar t i ni s, ver y dr y. Hol d t he ol i ves.
We' l l be r i ght back. ' ' , si r . ' The capt ai n wat ched t he t wo
of t hemhur r y
out of t he r est aur ant . ' ar e we doi ng?, J ul i a asked. ' out
of her e. Al l
he has t o do i s cal l t he pr ess, and we' r e i n t r oubl e.
We' l l go somewher e el se. ' They f ound a l i t t l e r est aur ant
on Dal t on
St r eet and or der ed l unch. St eve sat t her e, st udyi ng her . '
does i t f eel
t o be a cel ebr i t y?' he asked. ' don' t j oke about t hat . I
Teel t er r i bl e. '
' know, ' he sai d cont r i t el y. ' ' msor r y. ' He was f i ndi ng i t
ver y easy t o
be wi t h her . He t hought about how r ude he had been when
t hey f i r st met .
' you . . . do you r eal l y t hi nk I ' mi n danger , Mr . Sl oanet
J ul i a asked. '
me St eve. Yes. I ' maf r ai d you ar e. But i t wi l l be f or onl y
a l i t t l e
whi l e. By t he t i me t he wi l l i s pr obat ed, we' l l know who' s
behi nd t hi s.
I n t he meant i me, I ' mgoi ng t o see t o i t t hat you' r e saf e. '
' you. I . . .
I appr eci at e i t . ' They wer e st ar i ng at each ot her , and
when an 300
appr oachi ng wai t er saw t he l ooks on t hei r f aces, he
deci ded not t o
i nt er r upt t hem. I n t he car , St eve asked, ' t hi s your f i r st
t i me i n
Bost ont 4yes. @' ' s an i nt er est i ng ci t y. ' They wer e-
passi ng t he ol d J ohn
Hancock Bui l di ng. St eve poi nt ed t o t he t ower .
" You see t hat beacont ' . ' ' br oadcast s t he weat her . ' ' can
a beacon . . .
T I ' ' mgl ad you asked. When t he l i ght i s a st eady bl ue,
i t means t he
weat her i s cl ear . I f i t ' s a f l ashi ng bl ue, you can expect
cl ouds t o be
near . A st eady r ed means r ai n ahead, and f l ashi ng r ed,
snow i nst ead. '
J ul i a l aughed. They r eached t he Har var d Br i dge. St eve
sl owed down. ' i s
t he br i dge t hat l i nks Bost on and Cambr i dge. I t ' s exact l y
t hr ee hundr ed,
si xt y- f our poi nt f our Smoot s and one ear l ong. ' J ul i a
t ur ned t o st ar e at
hi m. , ' I beg your par don' T St eve gr i nned, . ' ' s t r ue. ' ' ' s a
Smoof f '
Smoot i s a measur ement usi ng t he body of Ol i ver Reed
Smoot , who was-
f i ve f eet seven i nches. I t st ar t ed as a j oke, but when t he
ci t y r ebui l t
t he br i dge, t hey kept t he mar ks. The Smoot became a
st andar d of l engt h
i n 1958. ' 301 She l aughed. ' ' s i ncr edi bl e! ' As t hey passed
t he Bunker
Hi l l , Monument , J ul i a excl ai med, " Oh! That ' s wher e t he
bat t l e of Bunker
Hi l l t ook pl ace, i sn' t i f f ' , " St eve sai d. ' do you mean?'
' bat t l e of
Bunker Hi l l was f ought on Br eed' s Hi l l . ' St eve' s home was
i n t he Newbur y
St r eet ar ea of Bost on, a char mi ng t wo- st or ey house wi t h
comf or t abl e
f ur ni t ur e and col or f ul pr i nt s hangi ng on t he wal l s. ' you
l i ve her e
al onet J ul i a asked. ' . I have a housekeeper who comes i n
t wi ce a week.
I ' mgoi ng t o t el l her not t o come i n f or t he next f ew
days. I don' t want
anyone t o know you' r e her e. " J ul i a l ooked at St eve and
sai d war ml y, '
want you t o know I r eal l y appr eci at e what you' r e doi ng f or
me. ' '
pl easur e. Come on, I ' l l show you your bedr oom. ' He l ed her
upst ai r s t o
t he guest r oom. ' i s i t . I hope you' l l be comf or t abl e. ' ' ,
yes. I t ' s
l ovel y, ' J ul i a sai d. ' ' l l br i ng i n some gr ocer i es. I
usual l y eat out . ' '
coul d - ' she st opped.
" On second t hought , I ' d bet t er not . My r oommat e says my
cooki ng i s
l et hal . ' ' t hi nk I ' ma r ai r hand at a st ove, ' St eve sai d.
' ' l l do some
cooki ng f or us. ' He l ooked at her and sai d sl owl y, '
haven' t had anyone
t o cook f or f or a whi l e. ' 302 hf - ; , ' - Back of f , he t ol d
hi msel f . You' r e
way of f base. You coul dn' t keep her i n handker chi ef s. '
want you t o make
your sel f at home. You' l l be compl et el y saf e her e. ' She
l ooked at hi ma
l ong t i me, t hen smi l ed. ' you. , They went back downst ai r s.
St eve poi nt ed out t he ameni t i es. ' , VCR, r adi o, CD pl ayer
. . . you' l l be
comf or t abl e. ' ' ' s wonder f ul . ' She want ed t o say, ' l i ke
I f eel wi t h you. '
' , i f t her e' s not hi ng el se, ' he sai d awkwar dl y.
J ul i a gave hi ma war msmi l e. ' can' t t hi nk of anyt hi ng. ' '
I ' l l be
get t i ng back t o t he of f i ce. I have a l ot of quest i ons
wi t hout answer s. "
She wat ched hi mwal k t owar d t he door . ' ?' He t ur ned
ar ound. ' " I s i t al l
r i ght i f I cal l my r oommat e? She' l l be wor r i ed about me. '
He shook hi s
head. ' not . I don' t want you t o make any t el ephone cal l s
or l eave t hi s
house. Your l i f e may depend on i t . "
Chapt er Twent y- ei ght .
" I ' mDr . West i n. Do you under st and t hat t hi s conver sat i on
i s goi ng t o
be t ape- r ecor dedt ' , doct or . ' ' you f eel i ng cal mer nowt
' ' mcal m, but
I ' mangr y. ' ' ar e you angr y about t ' shoul dn' t be i n t hi s
pl ace. I ' mnot
cr azy. I ' ve been f r amed. ' ' ? Who f r amed yout ' St anf or d. '
' Tyl er
St anf or dt ' ' s r i ght . ' ' woul d he want t o do t hat t '
money. ' ' you have
moneyt ' . I mean, yes . . . t hat i s . . . I coul d have had i t .
He pr omi sed
me a mi l l i on dol l ar s, and a sabl e coat , and j ewel r y. ' '
woul d J udge
St anf or d pr omi se you t hat t ' me st ar t at t he begi nni ng.
I ' mnot r eal l y
J ul i a St anf or d. My name i s Mar go Posner . ' 304 . , ' When you
came i n her e,
you i nsi st ed you wer e J ul i a St anf or d. ' ' t hat . I ' mr eal l y
not . Look
her e' s what happened. J udge St anf or d hi r ed me t o pose as
hi s si st er . ' '
di d he do t hat t ' I coul d get a shar e of t he St anf or d
est at e and t ur n i t
over t o hi m. ' ' f or doi ng t hat he pr omi sed you a mi l l i on
dol l ar s, a
sabl e coat , and some j ewel r yt ' don' t bel i eve me, do you?
Wel l , I can
pr ove i t . He t ook me t o Rose Hi l l . That ' s wher e t he
St anf or d f ami l y
l i ves i n Bost on. I can descr i be t he house t o you, and I
can t el l you al l
about t he f ami l y. ' ' ' r e awar e t hat t hese ar e ver y ser i ous
char ges you' r e
maki ng?' ' bet I am. But I suppose you won' t do anyt hi ng
about i t
because he happens t o be a j udge. ' ' ' r e qui t e wr ong. I
assur e you t hat
your char ges wi l l be ver y t hor oughl y i nvest i gat ed. ' ' ! I
want t he
bast ar d l ocked away t he same way he has me l ocked away. I
want out of
her e! ' ' under st and t hat besi des my exami nat i on, t wo of my
col l eagues
al so wi l l have t o eval uat e your ment al st at et ' t hem. I ' m
as sane as you
ar e. ' ' . Gi f f or d wi l l be i n t hi s af t er noon, and t hen we' l l
deci de how
we' r e; goi ng t o pr oceed. ' 305 ' sooner t he bet t er . I can' t
st and t hi s
damned pl ace! ' When t he mat r on br ought ' Mar go her l unch,
t he mat r on sai d,
' j ust t al ked t o Dr . Gi f f or d. He' l l be her e i n an hour . ' '
you. ' Mar go
was r eady f or hi m. She was r eady f or al l of t hem. She was
goi ng t o t el l
t hemever yt hi ng she knew, f r omt he ver y begi nni ng. And
when r mt hr ough,
Mar go t hought , t hey' r e goi ng t o l ock hi mup and l et me go.
The t hought
f i l l ed her wi t h s at i sf act i on. I ' l l be f r ee! And t hen
Mar go t hought ,
Fr ee t o do what ? I ' l l be out on t he st r eet s agai n. Maybe
t hey' l l even
r evoke my par ol e and put me back i n t he j oi nt ! She t hr ew
her l unch t r ay
agai nst t he wal l . Damn t hem! They can' t do t hi s t o me!
Yest er day I was
wor t h a bi l l i on dol l ar s, and t oday . . . Wai t ! Wai t ! An i dea
f l ashed
t hr ough Mar go' s mi nd t hat was so exci t i ng t hat i t sent a
chi l l t hr ough
her . Hol y God! What amI doi ng?
r ve al r eady pr oved t hat I ' mJ ul i a St anf or d. I have
wi t nesses. The
whol ef ami l y hear d Fr ank Ti mmons say t hat my f i nger pr i nt s
showed t hat I
was J ul i a St an- - f or d. Why t he hel l woul d I ever want t o
be Mar go
Posner when I can be J ul i a St anf or d? No wonder t hey have
me l ocked up i n
her e. I must have been out of my mi ndf She r ang t he bel l
f or t he mat r on.
When t he mat r on came i n, Mar go sai d exci t edl y, ' want t o
see t he doct or
r i ght away! ' ' know. You have an appoi nt ment wi t h hi mi n
306 ' .
Ri ght now! ' The mat r on t ook one l ook at Mar go' s expr essi on
- ' and sai d,
" Cal mdown. I ' l l get hi m. ' Ten mi nut es l at er , Dr . Fr anz
Gi f f or d wal ked
i nt o Mar go' s r oom. @You asked t o see met ' . ' She smi l ed
apol oget i cal l y,
' ' maf r ai d I ' ve been pl ayi ng a l i t t l e game, doct or . "
" Real l yt ' . I t ' s ver y embar r assi ng. You see, t he t r ut h i s
t hat I was
ver y upset wi t h my br ot her , Tyl er , and I want ed t o puni sh
hi m. But I
r eal i ze now t hat t hat was wr ong. I ' mnot upset anymor e,
and I want t o go
home t o Rose Hi l l . . ' ' r ead t he t r anscr i pt of your
i nt er vi ew t hi s
mor ni ng. You sai d t hat your name was Mar go Posner and t hat
you wer e
f r amed. ' Mar go l aughed. ' was naught y of me. I j ust sai d
t hat t o upset
Tyl er . No. I ' mJ ul i a St anf or d. ' He l ooked at her . ' you
pr ove t hat t Thi s
was t he moment Mar go had been wai t i ng f or . ' , yes! ' she
sai d
t r i umphant l y. ' pr oved i t hi msel f . He hi r ed a pr i vat e
det ect i ve named
Fr ank Ti mmons, who mat ched my. f i nger pr i nt s wi t h pr i nt s I
had made f or a
dr i ver ' s l i cense when I was younger . The) @r e t he same.
Ther e' s no quest i on about i t . ' ' Fr ank Ti mmons, . you sayt
307 " That ' s
r i ght . He does wor k f or t he di st r i ct at t or ney' s of f i ce
her e i n Chi cago. '
He st udi ed her a moment . ' , you' r e cer t ai n of t hi s? You' r e
not Mar go
Posner you' r e ul i a St anf or dt ' . ' ' t hi s pr i vat e det ect i ve,
Fr ank
Ti mmons, can ver i f y t hat ?' She smi l ed. ' al r eady has. Al l
you have t o do
i s cal l t he di st r i ct at t or ney' s of f i ce and get hol d of
hi m. ' Dr . Gi f f or d
nodded. ' r i ght . I ' l l do t hat . ' At t en o' cl ock t he
f ol l owi ng mor ni ng,
Dr . Gi f f or d, accompani ed by t he mat r on, r et ur ned t o
Mar go' s r oom. '
mor ni ng. ' ' mor ni ng, doct or . ' She l ooked at hi meager l y. '
you t al k t o
Fr ank Ti mmonst - " Yes. I want t o be sur e t hat I under st and
t hi s. Your
st or y about J udge St anf or d' s, i nvol vi ng you i n some ki nd
of conspi r acy
was f al set " Compl et el y. I sai d t hat because I want ed t o
puni sh my
br ot her . But ever yt hi ng i s al l r i ght now. I ' mr eady t o go
home. ' '
Ti mmons can pr ove t hat you' r e J ul i a St anf or dt ' . ' Dr .
Gi f f or d t ur ned t o
t he mat r on and nodded. She 308 si gnal ed t o someone- A
t al l , l ean bl ack
man wal ked i nt o t he r oom. He l ooked at Mar go and sai d, ' I ' m
Fr ank
Ti mmons.
Can I hel p you?" He was a compl et e, st r anger .
Chapt er Twent y- ni ne.
The f ashi on show was goi ng wel l . The model s moved
gr acef ul l y al ong t he
r unway, and each new desi gn r ecei ved ent husi ast i c
appl ause. The
bal l r oom- was packed. Ever y seat was occupi ed, and t her e
wer e st andees
i n t he r ear . Backst age t her e was a st i r , and Kendal l
t ur ned t o see what
was happeni ng. Two uni f or med pol i cemen wer e maki ng t hei r
way t owar d her .
Kendal l ' s hear t began t o r ace. One of t he pol i cemen sai d,
' you Kendal l
St anf or d Renaudt ' . ' ' ' mpl aci ng you under ar r est f or t he
mur der of
Mar t ha Ryan. ' ' ! ' she scr eamed. 1 di dn' t mean t o do i t ! I t
was an
acci dent ! Pl ease! Pl ease! Pl ease . . . ! ' She woke up i n a
pani c, her body
t r embl i ng. I t was a r ecur r i ng ni ght mar e. I can' t go on
l i ke t hi s,
Kendal l t hought . I can' d I have t o do somet hi ng. She
want ed desper at el y
t o t al k t o Mar c. He had 310 r el uct ant l y r et ur ned t o New
Yor k. ' have a
j ob t o dop dar l i ng. They won' t l et me t ake any mor e t i me
of f . ' '
under st and, Mar c. I ' l l be back t her e i n a f ew days. I have
t o get a show
r eady. ' Kendal l wi t s l eavi ng f or New Yor k t hat mor ni ng,
but bef or e she
went t her e was somet hi ng she f el t she had t o do. The
conver sat i on wi t h
Woody had been ver y di st ur bi ng. He' s bl ami ng hi s pr obl ems
on Peggy.
Kendal l f ound Peggy on t he ver anda. ' mor ni ng, " Kendal l
sai d. '
mor ni ng. ' Kendal l t ook a seat opposi t e her . ' have t o t al k
t o you. ' ' I t
was awkwar d. ' had a t al k wi t h Woody. He' s i n bad shape.
He . . . he
t hi nks t hat you' r e t he one who' s been suppl yi ng hi mwi t h
her oi n. ' ' t ol d
you t hat t Ther e was a l ong pause. ' , i t ' s t r ue. ' Kendal l
st ar ed at her
i n di sbel i ef . ' ? I . . . I don' t under st and. You t ol d me you
wer e t r yi ng
t o get hi mof f dr ugs. Why woul d you want t o keep hi m
addi ct edt I L ou
r eal l y don' t under st and, do yout Her t one was bi t t er . '
l i ve i n your own
l i t t l e god damned wor l d. Wel l , l et me t el l you somet hi ng,
Mi ss. Famous
311 Desi gner ! , I was a wai t r ess when Woody got me
pr egnant . I never
expect ed Woodr ow St anf or d t o mar r y me. And do you know why
he di d? So he
coul d f eel he was bet t er t han hi s f at her . Wel l , Woody
mar r i ed me, al l
r i ght . And ever ybody t r eat ed me l i ke di r t . When my
br ot her , Hoop, came
down f or t he weddi ng, t hey act ed l i ke he was some ki nd of
t r ash. ' ' . '
t el l you t he t r ut h, I was dumbf ounded when your br ot her
sai d he want ed
t o mar r y me. I di dn' t even know i f i t was hi s baby. I
coul d have been a
good wi f e t o Woody, but no one even gave me a chance. To
t hemI was
st i l l a wai t r ess. I di dn' t l ose t he baby, I had an
abor t i on. I t hought
maybe Woody woul d di vor ce me, but he di dn' t . I was hi s
t oken symbol of
how democr at i c he was. Wel l , l et me t el l you somet hi ng,
l ady. I don' t
need t hat . I ' mas good as you or anyone el se. ' Each wor d
was a bl ow. '
you ever l ove Woody?' Peggy shr ugged. ' was good- l ooki ng
and f un, but
t hen he had t hat bad f al l dur i ng t he pol o game, and
ever yt hi ng changed.
The hospi t al gave hi mdr ugs, and when he got out , t hey
expect ed hi mt o
st op t aki ng t hem. One ni ght , he was i n pai n, and I sai d,
" I have a
l i t t l e t r eat f or you. " And af t er t hat , whenever he was i n
pai n, I gave
hi mhi s l i t t l e t r eat . Pr et t y soon he needed i t , whet her he
was i n pai n
or not . My br ot her i s a pusher , and I was abl e t o get al l
t he her oi n I
needed. I made Woody beg me f or i t . And somet i mes I ' d t el l
312 I was out
of i t j ust t o wat ch hi msweat and cr y - oh, how Mr .
Woodr ow St anf or d
needed me! He wasn' t so i g ' hi hand mi ght y t hen! I goaded
hi mi nt o
hi t t i ng me, and t hen he' d f eel t er r i bl e about what he had
done, and he' d
come cr awl i ng back t o me wi t h gi f t s. You sm. when Woody i s
of f dope, I ' m
not hi ng. When he' s on i t , I ' mt he one who has t he power .
He may be a
St anf or d, and maybe I was onl y a wai t r ess, but I cont r ol
hi m. ' Kendal l
was st ar i ng at her i n hor r or .
" Your br ot her ' s t r i ed t o qui t , al l r i ght . When i t got r eal
bad, hi s
f r i ends woul d get hi mi nt o a det ox cent er , and I ' d go
vi si t hi mand
wat ch t he gr eat St anf or d suf f er t he agoni es of hel l . And
each t i me he
came out , I ' d be wai t i ng f or hi mwi t h my l i t t l e t r eat . I t
was payback
t i me. ' Kendal l was f i ndi ng i t har d t o br eat he. ' ' r e a
monst er , ' she sai d
sl owl y. ' want you t o l eave. ' ' bet ! I can' t wai t t o get
out of t hi s
pl ace. ' She gr i nned. ' cour se, I ' mnot l eavi ng f or
not hi ng. How much of
a set t l ement wi l l I get t ' i t i s, ' Kendal l sai d; ' wi l l be
t oo much. Now
get out of her e. ' ' . ' Then she added wi t h an af f ect ed
t one, ' ' l l have my
l awyer cal l your l awyer . ' ' ' s r eal l y l eavi ng met ' . ' '
means . . . ' 313 '
know what i t means, Woody. Can you handl e i t ?' He l ooked
at hi s si st er
and smi l ed. ' t hi nk so. Yes. I t hi nk I can. ' ' ' msur e of
i t . ' He t ook a
deep br eat h. ' , Kendal l .
I woul d never have had t he cour age t o get r i d of her . ' She
smi l ed. ' ar e
si st er s f or t That af t er noon, Kendal l l ef t f or New Yor k.
The f ashi on
showi ng woul d be i n one week. Cl ot hi ng i s t he si ngl e
bi ggest busi ness i n
New Yor k. A successf ul f ashi on desi gner can have an ef f ect
on t he
economy al l ar ound t he wor l d. A desi gner ' s whi mhas a
f ar - f l ung i mpact
on ever yone f r omcot t on pi cker s i n I ndi a t o Scot t i sh
weaver s t o
si l kwor ms i n Chi na and J apan. I t has an ef f ect on t he wool
i ndust r y and
t he si l k i ndust r y. The Donna Kar ans and Cal vi n Kl ei ns and
Ral ph Laur ens
ar e a maj or economi c i nf l uence, and Kendal l had ar r i ved i n
t hat
cat egor y. I t was r u- mor ed t hat she was about t o be named
t he Women' s
Wear Desi gner of t he Year by t he Counci l of Fashi on
Desi gner s of
Amer i ca, t he most pr est i gi ous awar d a desi gner coul d
r ecei ve. . Kendal l
St anf or d Renaud l ed a busy l i f e. I n Sept ember she l ooked
at l ar ge
assor t ment s of f abr i cs, and i n Oct ober she sel ect ed t he
ones she want ed
f or her new desi gns. December and J anuar y wer e devot ed t o
desi gni ng t he
new f ashi ons, and Febr uar y t o r ef i ni ng 314 " " I heni I n
Apr i l , she was
r eady t o show her f al l coi - l ect i on. Kendal l St anf or d
Desi gns was
l ocat ed at 550 Sevent h Avenue, shar i ng t he bui l di ng wi t h
Bi l l Bl ass and
Oscar de l a Rent a. Her next showi ng was goi ng t o be at t he
Br yant Par k
t ent , whi ch coul d seat up t o a t housand peopl e. When
Kendal l ar r i ved at
her of f i ce, Nadi ne sai d, 619 ve got good news. The showi ng
i s compl et el y
booked" ' you, ' Kendal l sai d absent l y. Her mi nd was on
ot her t hi ngs. '
t he way, t her e' s a l et t er mar ked ur gent f or you on your
desk. I t was
j ust del i ver ed by messenger . ' The wor ds sent a j ol t
t hr ough Kendal l ' s
body. She wal ked over t o, her desk and l ooked at t he
envel ope.
The r et ur n addr ess was Wi l d Ani mal Pr ot ect i on Associ at i on,
3000 Par k
Avenue, New Yor k, New Yor k She st ar ed at i t f or a l ong
t i me. Ther e was
no 3000 Par k Avenue. Kendal l opened t he l et t er wi t h
t r embl i ng f i nger s.
Dear Mr s. Renaud, My Swi ss banker i nf or ms me t hat he has
not yet
r ecei ved t he mi l l i on dol l ar s t hat my associ at i on r equest ed
I n vi ew of
your del i nquency, I must i nf or myou t hat our needs have
been i ncr eased
t o 5 mi l l i on 315 dol l ar s. I f t hi spayment i s made, I pr omi se
we wi l l not
bot her you agai n. You have f i f t een days t o deposi t t he
money i n our
account .
I f youf ai l t o do so, I r egr et t hat we shal l have t o
communi cat e wi t h t he
appr opr i at e aut hor i t i es. I t was unsi gned. Kendal l st ood
t her e i n a
pani c, r eadi ng i t over an dover , agai n and agai n. Fi ve
mi l l i on dol l ar s!
I t ' s i mpossi bl e, she t hought @. I can never r ai se t hat ki nd
of money t hat
qui ckl y. What a f ool I was! When Mar c came home t hat
ni ght , Kendal l
showed hi mt he l et t er . ' mi l l i on dol l ar s! ' he expl oded.
' ' s r i di cul ous!
Who do t hey t hi nk you ar et ' know who I ar n, ' Kendal l
sai d. ' ' s t he
pr obl em. I ' ve got t o get hol d of some money qui ckl y.
But howt ' don' t know . . . I suppose a bank woul d l oan you
money agai nst
your i nher i t ance, but I don' t , l i ke t he i dea of . . . ' ' ,
i t ' s my l i f e I ' m
t al ki ng about . Our f i ves. I ' mgoi ng t o see about get t i ng
t hat l oan. '
Geor ge Mer i wet her was t he vi ce pr esi dent i n char ge of t he
New Yor k Uni on
Bank. He was i n hi s f or t i es and had wor ked hi s way up f r om
a j uni or
t el l er . He 316 ' ambi t i ous man. One day I ' l l be on t he
boar d of " s an
. @, , zkr ect or s, he t hought , and af t er t hat . . . who knows?
Hi s t hought s
wer e i nt er r upt ed by hi s secr et ar y. ' . Kendal l St anf or d i s
her e t o see
you. ' He f el t a smal l f r i sson of pl easur e. She had been a
good cust omer
as a successf ul desi gner , but now she was one of t he
weal t hi est women i n
t he wor l d. He had t r i ed f or sever al year s t o get Har r y
St anf or d' s
account , wi t hout success. And now . . . ' her i n, "
Mer i wet her t ol d hi s
secr et ar y. When Kendal l wal ked i nt o hi s of f i ce, Mer i wet her
r ose and
gr eet ed her wi t h a smi l e and a war mhandshake. ' ' mso
pl eased t o see
you, ' he sai d. ' si t down. Some cof f ee, or somet hi ng
st r onger t ' .
t hanks, ' Kendal l sai d. ' want t o of f er my condol ences on
t he deat h of
your f at her . ' Hi s voi ce was sui t abl y gr ave. ' you. "
" What can I do f or yout He knew what she was goi ng t o say.
She was goi ng
t o t ur n her bi l l i ons over t o hi mt o i nvest . . . ' want t o
bor r ow some
money. ' He bl i nked. ' beg your par dont ' need f i ve mi l l i on
dol l ar s. " He
t hought r api dl y. Accor di ng t o t he newspaper s, her shar e of
t he est at e
shoul d be mor e t han a bi l l i on dol l ar s. Even wi t h t axes . . .
He smi l ed.
" Wel l , I don' t t hi nk t her e wi l l be any pr obl em. You' ve
al ways been 317
one of our f avor i t e cust omer s, you know. What secur i t y
woul d you l i ke t o
put up7' 61@man hei r i n my f at her ' s wi l l . ' He nodded. ' .
I r ead t hat . '
' ' d l i ke t o bor r ow t he money agai nst my shar e of t he
est at e. ' ' see. Has
your f at her ' s wi l l been pr obat ed yef f ' , but i t wi l l be
soon. ' ' ' s
f i ne. ' He l eaned f or war d. ' cour se, we' d have t o see a
copy of t he
wi l l . ' ' , ' Kendal l sai d eager l y. ' can ar r ange t hat . "
" And we woul d have - t o have t he exact amount of your shar e
of t he
i nher i t ance. ' ' don' t know t he exact amount , ' Kendal l
sai d. ' , t he
banki ng l aws ar e qui t e st r i ct , you know. Pr obat es can t ake
some t i me.
Why don' t you come back af t er t he pr obat e, and I ' l l be
happy t o - ' '
need t he money no*, ' Kendal l sai d desper at el y. She want ed
t o scr eam.
" Oh, dear . Nat ur al l y, we want t o do ever yt hi ng we can t o,
accommodat e
you. ' He r ai sed hi s hands i n a hel pl ess gest ur e. '
unf or t unat el y,
our hands ar e t i ed unt i l - ' Kendal l r ose t o her f eet . '
you. ' ' soon as
. . She was gone. When Kendal l r et ur ned t o t he of f i ce,
Nadi ne sai d
exci t edl y, ' have t o t al k t o you. ' 318 She was i n no mood
t o hear
Nadi ne' s pr obl ems. ' i s i t t Kendal l asked. ' husband
cal l ed me a f ew
mi nut es ago. Hi s company i s t r ansf er r i ng hi mt o Par i s. So,
I ' l l be
l eavi ng. ' ' ' r e go . . . goi ng t o Par i st Nadi ne beamed. ' !
I sn' t t hat
wonder f ul ? I ' l l be sor r y t o l eave you. But don' t wor r y.
I ' l l st ay i n
t ouch. ' So i t was Nadi ne. But t her e' s no way t o pr ove i t .
Fi r st t he mi nk
coal and now Par i s. Wi t h f i ve mi l l i on dol l ar s, she can
af f or d t o l i ve
anywher e i n t he wor l d How do I handl e t hi s? I f i l el l her
t hat I know,
she' l l deny i t . Maybe she' l l demand mor e. Mar c wi l l know
what t o do.
" Nadi ne. . One of Kendal l ' s assi st ant s came i n. ' ! I have
t o t al k t o you
about t he br i dge col l ect i on. I don' t t hi nk we have enough
desi gns f or
Kendal l coul d bear no mor e. ' me. I don' t f eel wel l . I ' m
goi ng home. '
Her assi st ant l ooked at her i n amazement . ' we' r e i n t he
mi ddl e of . .
' ' msor r y . . . ' And Kendal l was gone. When Kendal l wal ked
i nt o her
apar t ment , i t was empt y. Mar c was wor ki ng l at e. Kendal l
l ooked ar ound at
al l t he beaut i f ul t hi ngs i n t he r oom, and t hought , They' l l
never st op
unt i l t hey t ake ever yt hi ng. They' r e goi ng t o bl eed me dr y.
Mar c was r i ght . I shoul d have gone t o t he pol i ce t hat
ni ght . Now I ' ma
cr i mi nal . I ' ve 319 got t o conf ess. Now, whi l e I have t he
cour age. She
sat t her e, t hi nki ng about what t hi s was goi ng t o do t o
her , t o Mar c, and
t o her f ami l y. Ther e woul d be l ur i d headl i nes, and a
t r i al , and pr obabl y
pr i son. I t woul d be. t he end of her car eer . But I can' t go
on l i ke t hi s,
Kendal l t hought . r f l go cr azy. Al most i n a daze, she got
up and wal ked
i nt o Mar c' s den. She r emember ed t hat he kept hi s
t ypewr i t er on a shel f
i n t he cl oset . She t ook i t down and put i t on t he desk.
She r ol l ed a
sheet of paper i nt o t he pl at en and began t o t ype. To Whom
I t May
Concer n: My name i s Kendal l She st opped. The l et t er E was
br oken.
Chapt er Thi r t y.
" Why? Mar c? For God' s sake, why?' Kendal l ' s voi ce was
f i l l ed wi t h
angui sh. ' was your f aul t . ' ' ! I t ol d you. I t was an
acci dent ! I . . .
" I ' mnot t al ki ng about t he acci dent . I ' mt al ki ng about
you! The bi g
successf ul wi f e who was t oo busy t o f i nd t i me f or her
husband. ' I t was as
t hough he had sl apped her . ' ' s not t r ue. I . . . ' ' you ever
t hought about
was your sel f , Kendal l . Ever ywher e we went , you wer e al ways
t he st ar . You
l et me t ag al ong l i ke a pet poodl e. ' ' ' s not f ai r ! ' she
sai d. ' ' t i t ?
You go of f t o your f ashi on shows al l over t he wor l d so you
can get your
pi ct ur e i n t he paper s, and I ' msi t t i ng her e al one, wai t i ng
f or you t o
r et ur n. Do you t hi nk I l i ked bei ng " Mr . Kendal l ?" I want ed
a wi f e. Don' t
wor r y, my dar l i ng Kendal l . I consol ed mysel f wi t h ot her
women whi l e you
wer e gone. ' Her f ace was ashen. ' wer e r eal
f l esh- and- bl ood women, who
had 321 t i me f or me. Not some damned made- up empt y shel l . '
" St op i t ! '
Kendal l cr i ed. ' you t ol d me about t he acci dent , I saw a
way t o become
f r ee of you. Do you want t o know some- t hi ng, my dear ? I
enj oyed
wat chi ng you squi r mwhen you r ead t hose l et t er s. I t pai d
me back a
l i t t l e f or al l t he humi l i at i on I ' ve gone t hr ough. ' ' ' s
enough! Pack your
bags and get out of her e. I never want t o see you agai n! '
Mar c gr i nned.
' ' s ver y l i t t l e chance of t hat . By t he way, do you st i l l
pl an t o go t o
t he pol i ce?' ' out ! " Kendal l sai d. ' ! ' ' ' ml eavi ng. I
t hi nk I ' D go back
t o Par i s. And, dar l i ng, I won' t t el l i f you won' t . You' r e
saf e. ' An hour
l at er , he was gone. At ni ne o' cl ock i n t he mor ni ng,
Kendal l put i n a
cal l t o St eve Sl oane. ' mor ni ng, Mr s. Renaud. What can I
do f or YOUT ' ' m
r et ur ni ng t o Bost on t hi s af t er noon, ' Kendal l sai d. ' have
a conf essi on
t o make. " She was seat ed acr oss f r omSt eve, l ooki ng pal e
and dr awn. She
sat t her e f r ozen, unabl e t o begi n. St eve pr ompt ed her . '
sai d you had a
conf essi on t o make. ' ' . I . . . I ki l l ed someone. ' She began
t o cr y.
" I t was an acci dent , but . . . I r an away. ' Her f ace was a
322 C, of
angui sh. ' r an away . and l ef t her t her e: T Ake i t easy, '
St eve sai d. '
at t he begi nni ng. , She began t o t al k. Thi r t y mi nut es
l at er , St eve l ooked
out hi s wi ndow, t hi nki ng about what he had j ust hear d. '
you want t o go
t o t he pol i ce?' . ' . I t was what I shoul d have done i n t he
f i r st pl ace. I
. . . I don' t car e what t hey ao' t o me anymor e. ' St eve sai d
t hought f ul l y, ' Si nce you' r e gi vi ng your sel f up vol unt ar i l y
and i t was an
acci dent , I t hi nk t he cour t wi l l be l eni ent . ' She was
t r yi ng t o cont r ol
her sel f ' j ust want i t over wi t h. ' ' about your husbandt
She l ooked up.
' about hi m?' ' i s agai nst t he l aw. You have t he number of
t he account
i n Swi t zer l and wher e you sent t he money he st ol e f r omyou.
Al l you have
t o do i s pr ess char ges and - ' ' ! ' Her t one was f i er ce. '
don' t want
anyt hi ng mor e t o do wi t h hi m. Let hi mgo on wi t h hi s l i f e.
I want t o get
on wi t h mi ne. ' St eve nodded. ' you say. I ' mgoi ng t o t ake
you down t o
pol i ce headquar t er s. You. may have t o spend t he ni ght i n
j ai l , but I ' l l
have you bai l ed out ver y qui ckl y. ' Kendal l smi l ed wanl y. '
I can do
somet hi ng I ' ve never done bef or e. ' 323 ' ' s t hat t " Desi gn a
dr ess i n
st r i pes. ' That eveni ng, when he got home, St eve t ol d J ul i a
what had
happened. J ul i a was hor r i f i ed. ' own husband was
bl ackmai l i ng her ?
That ' s t er r i bl e. ' She st udi ed hi mf or a l ong moment . '
t hi nk i t ' s
wonder f ul t hat you spend your l i f e hel pi ng peopl e i n
t r oubl e. ' St eve
l ooked at her and t hought , r mt he one mt r oubl e. St eve
Sl oane was
awakened by t he ar oma of f r esh cof f ee and t he smel l of
cooki ng bacon. He
sat up i n bed, st ar t l ed. Had t he housekeeper come i n
t oday? He had t ol d
her not t o. St eve put on hi s r obe and sl i pper s, and
hur r i ed down t o t he
ki t chen. J ul i a was i n t her e, pr epar i ng br eakf ast . She
l ooked up as St eve
ent er ed. ' mor ni ng, ' she sai d cheer f ul l y. ' do you l i ke
your eggst ' . . .
scr ambl ed. ' ' .
Scr ambl ed eggs and bacon ar e my speci al t y. As a mat t er of
f act , my one
speci al t y. I t ol d you, I ' ma t er r i bl e cook. ' St eve smi l ed.
' don' t have
t o cook. I f you want ed t o, you coul d hi r e a f ew hundr ed
chef s. ' ' I
r eal l y goi ng t o get t hat much money, St evet 324 ' ' s r i ght .
Your shar e of
t he est at e wi l l be over a bi l l i on dol l ar s. ' She f ound i t
di f f i cul t t o
swal l ow. ' bi l l i on. ? I don' t bel i eve i d' ' ' s t r ue. "
" Ther e' s not t hat much money i n t he wor l d, St eve. ' ' , your
f at her had
most of what t her e was. ' ' . . . I don' t know what t o say. '
' may I say
somet hi ng?, ' cour se. ' ' eggs ar e bur ni ng. ' ' ! Sor r y. ' She
qui ckl y t ook
t hemof f t he st ove. ' ' l l make anot her bat ch. ' ' ' t bot her .
The bur ned
bacon wi l l be enough. , She l aughed. ' ' msor r y. " St eve
wal ked over t o t he
cabi net and t ook out a box of cer eal . ' about a ni ce col d
br eakf ast ?'
' , ' J ul i a sai d. He pour ed some cer eal i nt o a bowl f or each
of t hem, t ook
t he mi l k out of t he r ef r i ger at or , and t hey sat down at t he
ki t chen
t abl e. ' ' t you have someone t o cook f or yout J ul i a asked.
' mean, amI
i nvol ved wi t h anyonet She bl ushed. ' l i ke t hat . ' . ' . I
was i n a
r el at i onshi p f or t wo year s, but i t di dn' t wor k out . ' ' ' m
sor r y. ' ' about
yout St eve asked. 525 She t hought of Henr y Wesson. ' don' t
t hi nk so. He
l ooked at her , cur i ous. ' ar en' t sur e?' ' ' s di f f i cul t t o
expl ai n. One of
us want s t o get mar r i ed, ' she sai d t act f ul l y, ' one of us
doesn' t . ' '
see. When t hi s i s over , wi l l you be goi ng back t o Kansas?'
- ' honest l y
don' t know. I t seems so st r ange, bei ng her e. My mot her
t al ked t o me so
of t en about Bost on. She was bor n her e, and l oved i t . I n a
way, i t ' s l i ke
comi ng home. I wi sh I coul d have known my f at her . ' No, you
don' t , St eve
t hought . ' you know hi m?' ' . He deal t onl y wi t h Si mon
Fi t zger al d. ' They
sat t her e t al ki ng f or mor e t han an hour , and t her e was an
easy
camar ader i e bet ween t hem. St eve f i l l ed J ul i a i n on what
had hi ppened
ear l i er - t he ar r i val of t he st r anger who cal l ed her sel f
J ul i a St anf or d,
t he empt y. gr ave and Dmi t r i Kami nsky' s di sappear ance. ' ' s
i ncr edi bl e! '
J ul i a sai d. ' coul d be behi nd t hi st ' don' t know, but I ' m
t r yi ng t o f i nd
out , ' St eve assur ed her . ' t he meant i me, you' l l be saf e
her e. Ver y
saf e. ' She smi l ed, and sai d, ' f eel saf e her e. Thank you. '
He st ar t ed t o
say somet hi ng, t hen st opped.
He 326 l ooked at hi s wat ch. ' ' d bet t er get dr essed and get
down t o t he
of f i ce. I have a l ot t o do. ' St eve was meet i ng wi t h
Fi t zger al d. '
pr ogr ess yef f Fi t zger al d asked. St eve shook hi s head. ' ' s
al l smoke.
Whoever pl anned t hi s i s a geni us. I ' mt r yi ng t o t r ace
Dmi t r i Kami nsky.
He f l ew f r omCor si ca t o- Par i s t o Aust r al i a. I spoke t o t he
Sydney
pol i ce. They wer e st unned t o l ear n t hat Kami nsky i s i n
t hei r count r y.
Ther e' s a ci r cul ar out f r omI nt er pol , and t hey' r e l ooki ng
f or hi m. I
t hi nk Har r y St anf or d si gned hi s own deat h war r ant when he
cal l ed her e
and sai d he want ed t o change hi s wi l l . Someone deci ded t o
st op hi m. The
onl y wi t ness t o what happened on t he yacht t hat ni ght i s
Dmi t r i
Kami nsky. When we f i nd hi m, we' l l know a l ot mor e. ' , '
wonder i f we
shoul d br i ng our pol i ce i n on t hi st Fi t zger al d suggest ed.
St eve shook
hi s head. ' we know i s al l ci r cumst ant i al , Si mon. The onl y
cr i me we can
pr ove i s t hat someone dug up a body - and we don' t even
know who di d
t hat . ' ' about t he det ect i ve t hey hi r ed, who ver i f i ed
t he' woman' s
f i nger pr i nt s?' ' Ti mmons. I ' ve l ef t t hr ee messages f or
hi m. I f I don' t
hear back f r omhi mby si x o' cl ock t oni ght , I ' mgoi ng t o
f l y t o Chi cago.
I bel i eve he' s deepl y i nvol ved. ' 327 ' do you suppose was
meant t o
happen t o t he shi r es of t he est at e t hat t he i mpost or was
goi ng t o get t '
hunch i s t hat whoever pl anned t hi s had her si gn her shar e
over t o t hem.
The per son pr obabl y used some dummy t r ust s t o hi de i t . I ' m
convi nced
t hat we' r e l ooki ng f or a member of t he f ami l y . . . I t hi nk
we can
el i mi nat e Kendal l as a suspect . ' He t ol d Fi t zger al d about
t he
conver sat i on he had had wi t h her . ' she wer e behi nd t hi s,
she woul dn' t
have come f or t h wi t h a conf essi on, not at t hi s t i me,
anyway. She woul d
have wai t ed unt i l t he est at e was set t l ed and she had t he
money. As f ar
as her husband i s concer ned, I t hi nk we can el i mi nat e
Mar c. He' s a
smal l - t i me bl ackmai l er . He i sn' t capabl e of set t i ng up
anyt hi ng l i ke
t hi s. ' ' about t he ot her st - ' St anf or d. I t al ked t o a
f r i end of mi ne
wi t h t he Chi cago Bar Associ at i on. My f r i end says ever yone
t hi nks ver y
hi ghl y of St anf or d. I n f act , he' s j ust been appoi nt ed
chi ef j udge.
Anot her t hi ng i n hi s f avor : J udge St anf or d was t he one who
sai d t hat t he
f i r st J ul i a who appear ed was a f r aud, and he was t he one
who i nsi st ed on
a DNA t est . I doubt he' d do somet hi ng l i ke t hi s. Woody
i nt er est s me. I ' m
pr et t y sur e he' s on dr ugs, and t hat ' s an expensi ve habi t .
I checked on
hi s wi f e, Peggy. She i sn' t smar t enough t o be behi nd t hi s
scheme. But
t her e' s a r umor she has a br ot her who' s bad busi ness. I ' m
goi ng t o l ook
i nt o i t . ' St eve spoke t o hi s secr et ar y on t he i nt er com. '
328 get me
Li eut enant Mi chael Kennedy of t he Bost on pol i ce. , A, f ew
mi nut es l at er ,
she buzzed St eve. ' Kennedy i s on l i ne one. ' St eve pi cked
up t he phone.
' . Thank you f or t aki ng my cal l . I ' mSt eve Sl oane wi t h
Renqui st ,
Renqui st , & Fi t zger al d. We' r e t r yi ng t o l ocat e a r el at i ve
i n t he mat t er
of t he Har r y St anf or d est at e. ' ' . Sl oane, I ' d be gl ad t o
hel p i f I can. '
' , you pl ease check wi t h t he New Yor k Ci t y pol i ce t o see
i f t hey have
any f i l es on Mr s. Woodr ow St anf or d' s br ot her . Hi s name i s
Hoop
Mal kovi ch. He wor ks i n a baker y i n t he Br onx. ' ' pr obl em.
I ' l l get back
t o you. ' ' . ' Af t er l unch, Si mon Fi t zger al d st opped by
St eve' s of f i ce.
' ' s t he i nvest i gat i on goi ng?' he asked. ' sl ow t o sui t me.
Whoever
pl anned t hi s cover ed hi s or her t r acks pr et t y t hor oughl y. '
' i s J ul i a
hol di ng upt St eve smi l ed. ' ' s wonder f ul . ' Ther e was
somet hi ng i n t he
t one of hi s voi ce t hat made Si mon Fi t zger al d t ake a cl oser
l ook at hi m.
' ' s a ver y at t r act i ve young l ady. ' ' know, ' St eve sai d
wi st f ul l y. '
know. ' 329 An hour l at er , t he cal l came i n f r omAust r al i a.
' . Sl oanet ' .
' I nspect or Mcphear son her e f r omSydney. ' ' , Chi ef
I nspect or . ' ' f ound
your man. ' St eve f el t hi s hear t j ump. ' ' s wonder f ul ! I ' d
l i ke t o ar r ange
i mmedi at e ext r adi t i on t o br i ng hi m. . . ' ' , I don' t t hi nk
t her e' s any
hur r y. Dmi t r i Kami nsky i s dead. ' St eve f el t hi s hear t
si nk.
' 91hat ?' ' f ound hi s body a l i t t l e whi l e ago. Hi s f i nger s
had been
chopped of f , and he had been. shot sever al t i mes. ' '
Russi an gangs have
a quai nt cust om. Fi r st t hey chop of f your f i nger s, t hen
t hey l et you
bl eed, and t hen t hey shoot you. ' ' see. Thank you,
i nspect or ! Dead end
St eve sat t her e, st ar i ng at t he wal l . Al l hi s l eads wer e
di sappear i ng.
He r eal i zed how heavi l y he had been count i ng on Dmi t r i
Kami nsky' s
t est i mony. St eve' s secr et ar y i nt er r upt ed hi s t hought s. ' ' s
a Mr . Ti mmons
f or you on l i ne t hr ee. ' St eve l ooked at hi s wat ch. I t was
5: 55 P. m. He
pi cked up t he t el ephone. ' . Ti mmonst ' . . . I ' msor r y I
coul dn' t r et ur n
your cal l s ear l i er . I ' ve been out of t own f or t he past t wo
days. What
can I do f or yout 330 A l ot , St eve t hought . You can t el l
me how youf aked
t hosef i nger pr i nt s. St eve chose hi s wor ds car ef ul l y. ' ' m
cal l i ng about
J ul i a St anf or d. When you wer e i n Bost on r ecent l y, you
checked out her
f i nger pr i nt s and . . ' . Sl oane . . . ' ' ' ' ve never been i n
Bost on. ' St eve
t ook a deep br eat h. ' . Ti mmons, - accor di ng t o t he r egi st er
at t he
Hol i day I nn, you wer e her e on . . ' has been usi ng my
name. ' St eve
l i st ened, st unned. I t was t he f i nal dead end, t he l ast
l ead. ' don' t
suppose you have any i dea who i t i s?, ' , i t ' s ver y
st r ange, Mr . Sl oane.
A woman cl ai med t hat I was i n Bost on and t hat I coul d
i dent i f y her as
J ul i a St anf or d. I ' d never seen her bef or e i n my l i f e. '
St eve f el t a
sur ge of hope. ' you know who she 1st ' . Her name i s
Posner . Mar go
Posner . ' St eve pi cked up a pen. ' can I r each her t ' ' s at
t he Reed
Ment al Heal t h Faci l i t y i n Chi cago. , ' a l ot . I r eal l y
appr eci at e t hi s. '
' ' s keep i n t ouch. I ' d l i ke t o know what ' s goi ng on
mysel f . I don' t l i ke
peopl e goi ng ar ound i mper sonat i ng me. ' ' . ' St eve r epl aced
t he r ecei ver .
Mar go Posner . 331 When St eve got home t hat eveni ng, J ul i a
was wai t i ng t o
gr eet hi m. ' f i xed di nner , " she t ol d hi m. ' , I di dn' t
exact l y f i x i t . Do
you l i ke Chi nese f oodt He smi l ed. ' i t ! ' ' . We have ei ght
car t ons of
i t . ' When St eve wal ked i nt o t he di ni ng r oom, t he' t abl e was
set wi t h
f l ower s and candl es, " I s t her e any newst J ul i a asked.
St eve sai d
caut i ousl y, ' may have got t en our f i r st br eak. I have t he
name of a
woman who seems t o be i nvol ved i n t hi s. I ' mf l yi ng t o
Chi cago i n t he
mor ni ng t o t al k wi t h her .
I have a f eel i ng we may have al l t he answer s t omor r ow. ' '
woul d be
wonder f ul ! ' J ul i a sai d exci t edl y. ' ' l l be so gl ad when
t hi s i s over . "
" So wi l l I , ' St eve t ol d her . Or wi l l P She' l l be a r eal
par t of t he
St anf or d f ai nf l y - way out of my r each. Di nner l ast ed t wo
hour s, and
t hey wer e not even awar e of what t hey wer e eat i ng. They
t al ked about
ever yt hi ng and t hey t al ked about not hi ng, and i t was as
t hough t hey had
known each ot her f or ever . They di scussed t he past and t he
pr esent , and
t hey car ef ul l y avoi ded t al ki ng about t he f ut ur e. Ther e i s
nof ut ur ef or
us, St eve t hought unhappi l y. Fi nal l y, r el uct ant l y, St eve
sai d, ' , we' d
bet t er go t o bed. , 332 She l ooked at hi mwi t h r ai sed
eyebr ows, and t hey
bot h bur st out l aughi ng. ' I meant . . . ' ' know what you
meant .
Good ni ght , St eve. ' ' ni gh t , J ul i a. "
Chapt er Thi r t y- one.
Ear l y t he f ol l owi ng mor ni ng, St eve boar ded a Uni t ed I l i ght
f or Chi cago.
Fr omChi cago' s O' Har e Ai r por t he t ook a t axi . ' t o?' t he
dr i ver asked. '
Reed Ment al Heal t h Faci l i t y. ' The dr i ver t ur ned ar ound and
l ooked at
St eve. ' you okay?' ' . Why?' ' aski ng. ' At Reed, St eve
appr oached t he
uni f or med secur i t y guar d at t he f r ont desk. The guar d
l ooked up. ' I
hel p yout ' . I ? d l i ke t o see Mar go Posner . ' ' she an
empl oyeet That had
not occur r ed t o St eve. ' ' mnot sur e. ' The guar d t ook a
cl oser l ook at
hi m. ' ' r e not sur e?' ' I know i s t hat she' s her e. ' The
guar d r eached i n
a dr awer and t ook out a r ost er wi t h a l i st of names. Af t er
a moment , he
sai d, ' 334 doesn' t wor k her e. Coul d she be a pat i ent t 61
I . . . I don' t
know. I t ' s possi bl e. ' The guar d gave St eve anot her l ook,
t hen r eached
i nt o a di f f er ent dr awer and pul l ed out a comput er
pr i nt out . He scanned
i t , and i n t he mi ddl e, he st opped. ' . Mar go. ' ' ' s r i ght . '
He- was
sur pr i sed. ' she a pat i ent her e?' ' - huh. Ar e you a
r el at i ve?"
" No . . . ' ' I ' maf r ai d you can' t see her . ' ' have t o see
her , ' St eve
sai d. ' ' s ver y i mpor t ant . ' ' . I have my or der s. Unl ess
you' ve been
cl ear ed bef or ehand, you can' t vi si t any of t he pat i ent s. '
' ' s i n char ge
her e?' St eve asked. 61 am. 1 ' mean, i n char ge of t he
hospi t al . "
" Dr . Ki ngsl ey. ' - ' want t o see hi m. ' ' ! The guar d pi cked
up t he
t el ephone and di al ed a number . ' . Ki ngsl ey, . t hi s i s J oe at
t he f r ont
desk. Ther e' s a gent l eman her e who want s t o see you. He
l ooked up at
St eve. ' namet ' Sl oane. I ' man at t or ney. ' ' Sl oane. He' s
an at t or ney
. . . r i ght . ' He r epl aced t he r ecei ver and t ur ned t o St eve.
" Someone wi l l be al ong t o t ake you t o hi s of f i ce. ' Fi ve
mi nut es l at er ,
St eve was usher ed i nt o t he of f i ce 335 of Dr . Gar y
Ki ngsl ey. Ki ngsl ey was
a man i n hi s f i f t i es, but he l ooked ol der and car ewor n. '
can I do f or
you, Mr . Sl oaner ' need t o see a pat i ent you have her e.
Mar go Posner . '
' , yes. I nt er est i ng case. Ar e you r el at ed t o her t ' , but
I ' m
i nvest i gat i ng a possi bl e mur der , and i t ' s ver y i mpor t ant
t hat I t al k t o
her . I t hi nk she may be a key t o i t . ' ' ' msor r y. I can' t
hel p you. " " You
have t o, ' St eve sai d. ' ' s . . ' . Sl oane, I coul dn' t hel p
you even i f I
want ed t o. ' ' not t ' Mar go Posner i s i n a padded cel l . She
at t acks
ever yone who goes near her . Thi s mor ni ng, she t r i ed t o
ki l l a mat r on and
t wo doct or s. ' ' ? ' keeps changi ng her i dent i t y and
scr eami ng f or her
br ot her , Tyl er , and t he cr ew of her yacht . The onl y way we
can qui et her
i s t o keep her heavi l y sedat ed. ' ' , my God, " St eve sai d. '
you have any
i dea when she mi ght come out of i t ?' Dr . Ki ngsl ey shook
hi s head. ' ' s
under cl ose obser vat i on. Per haps i n t i me she' l l cal mdown,
and we can
r eeval uat e her condi t i on. Unt i l t hen . . . " Chapt er
Thi r t y- t wo.
At Si x A. M. , a har bor pat r ol boat was cr ui si ng al ong t he
Char l es Ri ver ,
when one of t he pol i cemen aboar d spot t ed an obj ect
f l oat i ng i n t he wat er
ahead. . ' t he st ar boar d bow! ' he cal l ed. ' l ooks l i ke a
l og. Let ' s pi ck
i t up bef or e i t si nks somet hi ng. ' The l og t ur ned out t o be
a body, and
even mor e st ar t l i ng, a body t hat had been embal med. The
pol i cemen st ar ed
down at i t and sai d, ' t he hel l di d an embal med body get
i nt o t he
Char l es Ri ver t Li eut enant Mi chael Kennedy was t al ki ng- t o
t he cor oner . '
you sur e of t hat ?' The cor oner r epl i ed, ' . I t ' s Har r y
St anf or d. I
embal med hi mmysel f . Lat er , we had an exhumat i on or der ,
and when we dug
up t he cof f i n . . . Wel l , you know, we r epor t ed i t t o t he
pol i ce. ' asked
t o have t he body exhumed?' ' f ami l y. They handl ed i t
t hr ough t hei r
at t or ney, Si mon Fi t zger al d. ' 337 11 t hi nk I ' l l have a t al k
wi t h Mr .
Fi t zger al d. ' When St eve r et ur ned t o Bost on f r omChi cago,
he went
di r ect l y t o Si mon Fi t zger al d' s of f i ce. ' l ook beat , "
Fi t zger al d sai d. '
beat - beat en. The whol e t hi ng i s f al l i ng apar t , Si mon. We
had t hr ee
possi bl e l eads: Dmi t r i Kami nsky, Fr ank Ti mmons, and Mar go
Posner . Wel l ,
Kami nsky i s dead, i t ' s t he wr ong Ti mmons, and Mar go Posner
i s l ocked
away i n an asyl um. We have not hi ng t o The voi ce of
Fi t zger al d' s
secr et ar y came over t he i nt er com. ' me. Ther e' s a
Li eut enant Kennedy
her e t o see you, Mr . Fi t zger al d. ' ' hi mi n. " Mi chael
Kennedy was a
r ugged- l ooki ng man wi t h eyes t hat ' had seen ever yt hi ng. ' .
Fi t zger al dt ' .
Thi s i s my associ at e St eve Sl oane. I bel i eve you t wo have
spoken on t he
phone. Si t down. What can we do f or yout Ve j ust f ound t he
body of Har r y
St anf or d. ' ' ? Wher e?' ' i n t he Char l es. You or der ed hi s
body dug up,
di dn' t you?' ' . ' ' I ask whyt Fi t zger al d t ol d hi m. When
Fi t zger al d, was
f i ni shed, Kennedy sai d, ' 338 have no i dea who i t was t hat
posed as t hi s
i nvest i gat or , Ti mmons. ' . I t al ked t o Ti mmons. He has no
i dea, ei t her . '
Kennedy si ghed. ' get s cur i ouser and cur i ouser . ' ' i s
Har r y St anf or d' s
body nowt St eve asked. ' ' r e keepi ng hi mat t he mor gue f or
t he pr esent . I
hope he doesn' t di sappear agai n. ' 11 do, t oo, ' St eve sai d.
" We' l l have Per r y Wi nger r un DNA t est on J ul i a. ' When
St eve cal l ed Tyl er
t o t el l hi mt hat hi s f at her ' s body had been f ound, Tyl er
was genui nel y
shocked. ' ' s t er r i bl e! ' he sai d. ' coul d have done a t hi ng
l i ke t hat t
' ' s what we' r e t r yi ng t o f i nd out , ' St eve t ol d hi m. Tyl er
was f ur i ous.
That i ncompet ent i di ot , Baker ! He' s goi ng t o pay f or t hi s.
I have t o get
t hi s set t l ed bef or e i t get s out of hand ' . Fi t zger al d, as
you may be
awar e, I ' ve been appoi nt ed chi ef j udge of Cook Count y. I
have a ver y
heavy casel oad, and t hey' r e pr essur i ng me t o r et ur n. I
can' t del ay much
l onger . I ' d appr eci at e i t i f you coul d do. somet hi ng t o
get t he pr obat e
f i ni shed qui ckl y. ' ' put i n a cal l t hi s mor ni ng, ' St eve
t ol d hi m. I t
shoul d be cl osed wi t hi n t he next t hr ee days. ' ' wi l l be
f i ne. Keep me
i nf or med, pl ease. ' ' ' l l do t hat , j udge. ' 339 St eve sat i n
hi s of f i ce
r evi ewi ng t he event s of t he past f ew weeks. He r ecal l ed
t he conver sat i on
he had had wi t h Chi ef I nspect or Mcphear son. I Wej ound hi s
body a l i t t l e
whi l e ago. Hi sf i nger s had been chopped of f and he had been
shot sever al
t i nes. ' But wai t , St eve t hought . Ther e' s somet hi ng he
di dn' t t el l me.
He pi cked up t he t el ephone and put i n anot her cal l t o
Aust r al i a. The
voi ce on t he ot her end of t he t el ephone sai d, ' i s Chi ef
I nspect or
Mcphear son. ' gym, i nspect or . Thi s i s St eve Sl oane. I
f or got t o ask you a
quest i on. When you f ound Dmi t r i Kami nsky' s body, wer e
t her e any paper s
on hi m?. . . I see . . . t hat ' s f i ne. Thank you ver y much. '
When St eve hung
up t he phone, hi s secr et ar y' s voi ce came over t he
i nt er com. ' Kennedy
hol di ng on l i ne t wo. ' St eve punched t he phone but t i on. ' .
Sor r y t o keep
you wai t i ng. I was on an over seas cal l . ' ' NYPD gave me
some i nt er est i ng
i nf or mat i on on Hoop Mal kovi ch. He seems t o be qui t e a
sl i pper y
char act er . ' St eve pi cked up a pen. ' ahead. ' ' pol i ce
bel i eve t hat t he
baker y he wor ks f or i s a f r ont f or a dr ug r i ng. ' The
l i eut enant paused,
t hen cont i nued.
" Mal kovi ch i s pr obabl y a dr ug pusher . But he' s cl ever .
They haven' t been
abl e t o nai l hi myet . ' ' el se?' St eve asked. 340 ' pol i ce
bel i eve t he
oper at i o , i s t i ed i nt o t he Fr ench maf i a wi t h a connect i on
t hr , ugh
Mar sei l l es. I f I l ear n anyt hi ng el se, I ' l l cal l . ' ' ,
Li eut enant . That ' s
ver y hel pf ul . ' St eve put down t he phone and headed out t he
of f i ce door .
When St eve ar r i ved home, f i l l ed wi t h ant i ci pat i on, he
cal l ed, ' ?' Ther e
was no answer . He began t o pani c. ' ! " She' s been ki dnapped
or ki l l ed, he
t hought , and he f el t a sudden sense of al ar m. J ul i a
appear ed at t he t op
of t he st ai r s. ' ?' He t ook a deep br eat h. ' t hought . . . '
He was pal e. '
you al l r i ght ?' 6yes. 1 She came down t he st ai r s. ' t hi ngs
go wel l ' i n
Chi cago?' He shook hi s head. ' ' maf r ai d not . ' He t ol d her
what had
happened. ' ' r e goi ng t o have a r eadi ng of t he wi l l on
Thur sday, J ul i a.
That ' s onl y t hr ee days f r omnow. Whoever i s behi nd t hi s
has t o get r i d
of you by t hen or hi s - or her - pl an can' t wor k. ' She
swal l owed. ' see.
Do you have any i dea who i t i s?, ' a mat t er of f act
. . . ' The t el ephone
r ang. ' me.
9St eve pi cked up t he t el ephone. ' ?' ' i s Dr . Ti chner i n
Fl or i da.
Sor r y I di dn' t cal l ear l i er , but I ' ve been away. ' 341 ' .
Ti chner . Thank
you f or r et ur ni ng my cal l . Our f i r Mi r epr esent s t he
St anf or d est at e. "
" What can I do f or yout ' ' mcal l i ng about Woodr ow
St anf or d. I bel i eve
he' s a pat i ent of your s. ' ' . ' ' he have a dr ug pr obl em,
doct or t " Mr .
Sl oane, I ' mnot at l i ber t y t o di scuss any of my pat i ent s. '
' under st and.
I ' mnot aski ng t hi s out of cur i osi t y. I t ' s ver y i mpor t ant
.
. . ' ' ' maf r ai d I can' t . . ' di d have hi madmi t t ed t o t he
Har bor Gr oup
Cl i ni c i n J upi t er , di dn' t yout Ther e was a l ong
hesi t at i on. ' .
That ' s a mat t er of r ecor d. ' ' you, doct or . That ' s al l I
needed t o know. '
St eve r epl aced t he r ecei ver ' st ood t her e a moment . ' ' s
unbel i evabl e! ' '
J ul i a asked. ' down. ' Thi r t y mi nut es l at er , St eve was i n
hi s car headed
f or Rose Hi l l . Al l t he pi eces had f i nal l y f al l en i nt o
pl ace. He' s
br i l l i ant . I t al most wor ked. I t coul d st i l l wor k i f
anyt hi ng happened t o
J ul i a, St eve t hought . At Rose Hi l l , Cl ar k answer ed t he
door . ' eveni ng,
Mr . Sl oane. ' ' eveni ng, Cl ar k. I s J udge St anf or d i nt 342
' ' s i n t he
l i br ar y. I ' l l t el l hi myou' r e her e. "
" Thank you. ' He wat ched Cl ar k wal k of f . A mi nut e l at er ,
t he but l er
r et ur ned. ' St anf or d wi l l see you now. ' ' you. ' St eve
wal ked i nt o t he
l i br ar y. Tyl er was si t t i ng i n f r ont of a chess boar d,
concent r at i ng. He
l ooked up as St eve wal ked i n. ' want ed t o see met " Yes. I
bel i eve t he
young woman who came t o see you sever al days ago i s t he
r eal J ul i a. The
ot her J ul i a was a f ake. ' ' t hat ' s not possi bl e. "
" I ' maf r ai d i t ' s t r ue, and I ' ve f ound out who' s behi nd al l
t hi s. ' Ther e
was a moment ar y si l ence. Then Tyl er sai d sl owl y, ' havet
' . I ' maf r ai d
t hi s i s goi ng t o shock you. i t ' s your br ot her , Woody. ,
Tyl er was l ooki ng
up at St eve i n amazement . Ar e you sayi ng t hat Woody i s
r esponsi bl e f or
what ' s been happeni ng?' ' ' s r i ght . ' ' . . . I can' t bel i eve
i t . ' . ' coul d
1, but i t al l checks out . I t al ked t o hi s doct or i n Hobe
Sound. Di d you
know your br ot her i s on dr ugst ' . . . I ' ve suspect ed i t . , '
ar e
expensi ve. Woody i sn' t wor ki ng. He 343 needs money, and he
was obvi ousl y
l ooki ng f or a bi gger shar e of t he est at e. He' s t he one who
hi r ed t he
f ake J ul i a, but when you came t o us and asked f or a DNA
t est , he
pani cked and had your f at her ' s body r emoved f r omt he
cof f i n because he
coul dn' t af f or d t o have t hat t est made.
That ' s what t i pped me of f . And I suspect t hat he sent
someone t o Kansas
Ci t y t o have t he r eal J ul i a ki l l ed. Di d you know t hat
Peggy has a
br ot her who' s t i ed i nt o t he mob? As l ong as J ul i a' s al i ve
and t her e ar e
t wo J ul i as ar ound, hi s pl an can1t wor k. ' ' you sur e of al l
t hi st
" Absol ut el y. Ther e' s somet hi ng' el se, j udge. ' 4Yest ' don' t
t hi nk your
f at her f el l of f hi s yacht . I bel i eve t hat Woody had your
f at her
mur der ed. Peggy' s br ot her coul d have ar r anged t hat t oo.
I ' mt ol d he has
connect i ons wi t h t he Mar sei l l es maf i a. They coul d easi l y
have pai d a
cr ew member t o do i t . I ' mf l yi ng t o I t al y t oni ght t o have
a t al k wi t h
t he capt ai n of t he yacht . ' Tyl er was l i st eni ng i nt ent l y.
When he spoke,
he sai d appr ovi ngl y, ' ' s a good i dea. ' Capt ai n Vacar r o
knows not hi ng.
' ' l l t r y t o be back by Thur sday f or t he r eadi ng of t he
wi l l . " - Tyl er
sai d, ' about t he r eal J ul i a? . . . Ar e you sur e she' s saf et
" Oh, yes, '
St eve sai d. ' ' s st ayi ng wher e no one can f i nd her . She' s
at my house. "
Chapt er Thi r t y- t hr ee.
" The - gods ar e On MY si de. He coul d not bel i eve hi s good
f or t une. I t
was. an i ncr edi bl e st r oke of l uck. Last ni ght , St eve
Sl oane had
del i ver ed J ul i a i nt o hi s hands. Hal Baker i s an
i ncompet ent f ool , Tyl er
t hought . r u t ake car e of J ul i a myse#' t hi s t i me. He l ooked
up as Cl ar k
came i nt o t he r oom. ' me, J udge St anf or d. Ther e' s a
t el ephone cal l f or
you. ' I t was Kei t h Per cy. ' ?' ' , Kei t h. ' ' j ust want ed t o
br i ng you up
t o dat e on t he Mar go Posner mat t er . ' ' ' . Gi f f or d j ust
cal l ed me. The
woman i s i nsane. She' s car r yi ng on so badl y t hat t hey have
t o have her
l ocked away i n t he vi ol ent war d. ' Tyl er f el t a shar p sense
of r el i ef .
' ' msor r y t o hear t hat . ' ' , I want ed t o ease your mi nd and
l et you know
t hat she' s no l onger any danger t o you or your f ami l y! 345
11 appr eci at e
t hat , ' Tyl er sai d. And he di d. Tyl er went t o hi s r oomand
t el ephoned
Lee. Ther e was a l ong del ay bef or e Lee answer ed. ' ?' Tyl er
coul d hear
voi ces i n t he backgr ound. 61- =?V " Who i s t hi s?' ' ' s
Tyl er . ' ' , yeah.
Tyl er . ' He coul d hear t he t i nkl i ng of gl asses. ' you
havi ng a par t y,
Leet ' - huh. Do you want t o j oi n j ust Tyl er wonder ed who
was at t he par t y.
' wi sh I coul d. I ' mcal l i ng t o t el l you t o get r eady t o go
on t hat t r i p
we t al ked about . " Lee l aughed. ' mean, on t hat gr eat bi g
whi t e yacht t o
St . Tr opez?" " That ' s r i ght . ' ' . I can be r eady anyt i me, '
he sai d
mocki ngl y. ' , I ' mser i ous. ' ' , come of f i t , Tyl er . J udges
don' t have
yacht s. I have t o go now. My guest s ar e cal l i ng me. ' ' a
mi nut e! ' Tyl er
sai d desper at el y. ' you know who I am?' ' , you' r e - ' ' ' m
Tyl er St anf or d.
My f at her was Har r y St anf or d. ' Ther e was a moment of
si l ence.
" Ar e you ki ddi ng me?9 ' . I ' mi n Bost on now, set t l i ng up
t he est at e. " 346
" My God! You' r e t hat St anf or d. I di dn' t know. I ' msor r y. I
. . . I ' ve been
hear i ng st uf f on t he news, but I di dn' t pay much
at t ent i on. I never
f i gur ed i t was you. , ' ' s al l r i ght . ' ' r eal l y meant i t
about t aki ng me
t o St . Tr opez, di dn' t you?' ' cour se I di d. We' r e goi ng t o
do a l ot of
t hi ngs t oget her , ' Tyl er sai d. ' i s, i f you- want t o. ' '
cer t ai nl y dop
Lee' s voi ce was suddenl y f i l l ed wi t h ent husi asm. ' , Tyl er ,
t hi s i s
r eal l y gr eat news . . . ' When Tyl er r epl aced t he r ecei ver ,
he was smi l i ng.
Lee was t aken car e of . Now, he t hought , i t ' s t i me t o t ake
car e of my
ha4( si st er . Tyl er went i nt o t he l i br ar y wher e Har r y
St anf or d' s gun
col l ect i on was kept , opened t he case, and r emoved a
mahogany box. Fr oma
dr awer bel ow t he case, he t ook out some ammuni t i on.
He put t he ammuni t i on i n hi s pocket and car r i ed t he wooden
box upst ai r s
t o, hi s bedr oom, l ocked t he door behi nd hi mand opened t he
box. I nsi de
wer e t wo mat chi ng Ruger r evol ver s, Har r y St anf or d' s
f avor i t es. Tyl er
r emoved one, car ef ul l y l oaded i t , and t hen pl aced t he
ext r a ammuni t i on
and t he box cont ai ni ng t he ot her r evol ver i n hi s bur eau
dr awer . One shot
wi l l do i t , he t hought . They had t aught hi mt o shoot wel l
at t he
mi l i t ar y school hi s f at her had sent hi mt o. Thank you,
Fat her . Next ,
Tyl er pi cked up a t el ephone di r ect or y and l ooked f or St eve
Sl oane' s home
addr ess. 347 280 Newbur y St r eet , Bost omTyl er made hi s way
t o t he
gar age, wher e t her e wer e hal f a dozen car s. He chose t he
bl ack Mer cedes
as bei ng t he l east conspi cuous. He opened t he gar age door
and l i st ened
t o see i f t he noi se had di st ur bed anyone. Ther e was onl y
si l ence. On
t he dr i ve t o St eve Sl oane' s house, Tyl er t hought about
what he was about
t o do. He had never physi cal l y commi t t ed a mur der bef or e.
But t hi s t i me
he had no choi ce. J ul i a St anf or d was t he l ast obst acl e
bet ween hi mand
hi s dr eams. Wi t h her gone, hi s pr obl ems woul d be over .
For ever , Tyl er
t hought . He dr ove sl owl y, car ef ul not t o at t r act
at t ent i on. When he
r eached Newbur y St r eet , Tyl er cr ui sed past St eve' s
addr ess. A f ew car s
wer e par ked on t he st r eet , but no pedest r i ans wer e ar ound.
He par ked t he
cat a bl ock away and wal ked back t o t he house. He r ang,
t he door bel l and
wai t ed. J ul i a' s voi ce came t hr ough t he door . ' i s i f f ' ' s
J udge
St anf or d. ' J ul i a opened t he door . She l ooked at hi mi n
sur pr i se. ' ar e
you doi ng her e? I s anyt hi ng wr ong@' ' ' , not at al l , ' he
sai d easi l y. '
Sl oane asked me t o have a t al k wi t h you. He t ol d me you
wer e her e. May I
come i nt ' , of cour se. ' Tyl er wal ked i nt o t he hal l and
wat ched J ul i a
cl ose 348 t he door behi nd hi m. She l ed t he way i nt o t he
l i vi ng r oom. '
i sn' t her e, ' she sai d. ' ' s on hi s way t o San Remo. ' '
know. ' He l ooked
ar ound. ' YOU al one? I sn' t t her e a housekeeper or someone
t o st ay wi t h
yout ' . I ' msaf e her e. May I of f er you somet hi ng?, ' ,
t hanks. ' ' di d you
want t o t al k t o me abouf f ' came t o t al k about you, J ul i a.
I ' m
di sappoi nt ed i n you. ' ' . . . T ' shoul d never havecome
her e. Di d you
r eal l y t hi nk you coul d wal k i n and t r y t o col l ect a
f or t une t hat doesn' t
bel ong t o yout She l ooked at hi ma moment . ' I have a
r i ght t o - , ' have
a r i ght t o not hi ng! ' Tyl er snapped. ' wer e you al l t hose
year s when we
wer e bei ng humi l i at ed and puni shed by our f at her ? He went
out of hi s way
t o hur t us ever y chance he got . He put us t hr ough hel l .
You di dn' t have
t o go t hr ough any of t hat . Wel l , we di d, and we deser ve
t he money. Not
you. ' ' . . . what do you want me t o dot Tyl er gave a shor t
l augh. ' do I
want you t o do? Not hi ng. You' ve done i t al r eady. You
damned . spoi l ed
ever yt hi ng, do you know t hat ' don' t under st and. ' 349 ' ' s
r eal l y qui t e
si mpl e. ' He t ook out t he r evol ver . ' ' r e goi ng t o
di sappear . ' She t ook a
st ep back. ' I . . . ' ' t say anyt hi ng. Let ' s not wast e t i me.
You and I ar e
goi ng on a l i t t l e t r i p. ' She st i f f ened.
" What i f I won' t go?' ' , you' l l be goi ng. Dead or al i ve.
Sui t your sel f . '
I n t he moment of si l ence t hat f ol l owed, Tyl er hear d hi s
voi ce boomout
f r omt he next r oom. ' , you' l l be goi ng- Dead or al i ve.
Sui t your se@r ' He
whi r l ed ar ound. ' . . . 9' St eve Sl oane, Si mon Fi t zger al d,
Li eut enant
Kennedy, and t wo uni f or med pol i cemen st epped i nt o t he
l i vi ng r oom. St eve
was hol di ng a t ape r ecor der . Li eut enant Kennedy sai d, ' me
t he gun,
j udge. ' Tyl er f r oze f or an i nst ant , t hen he f or ced a
smi l e.
" Of cour se. I was j ust t r yi ng t o scar e t hi s woman i nt o
get t i ng out of
her e. She' s a f i r mi d, you know. ' He put t he gun i n t he
det ect i ve' s
out st r et ched hand. ' t r i ed t o cl ai mpar t of t he St anf or d
est at e.
Wel l , I wasn' t about t o l et her get away wi t h i t . So I . .
' ' s over ,
j udge, ' St eve sai d. , ' What ar e you t al ki ng about ? You sai d
Woody was
r esponsi bl e f or . . . ' ' wasn' t up t o pl anni ng anyt hi ng as
cl ever as t hi s,
and Kendal l was al r eady ver y successf ul . So I st ar t ed
checki ng up on
you. Dmi t r i Kami nsky was ki l l ed i n Aust r al i a, but t he
Aust r al i an pol i ce
f ound your t el ephone number i n hi s pocket . You used hi m
350 t o mur der
your f at her . You' r e t he one who br ought i n Mar go Posner
and t hen
i nsi st ed she was an i mpost or t o t hr ow suspi ci on of f
your sel f . You' r e t he
one who i nsi st ed on t he DNA t est and ar r anged t o have t he
body r emoved.
And you' r e t he one who put i n t he phony cal l t o Ti mmons.
You hi r ed Mar go
Posner t o i mper sonat e J ul i a, t hen had her commi t t ed t o a
psychi at r i c
war d. ' Tyl er l ooked ar ound t he r oom, and when he spoke,
hi s voi ce was
danger ousl y cal m. ' a phone nwnber on a dead man i s
your evi dence? I
can' t bel i eve t hi s! You set up your pi t i f ul l i t t l e t r ap
based. on t hat ?
You don' t have a shr ed of pr oof . My t el ephone number was
i n Dmi t r i ' s
pocket because I t hought my f at her mi ght be i n danger . I
t ol d Dmi t r i t o
be car ef ul . Obvi ousl y, he wasn' t car ef ul enough. Whoever
ki l l ed my
f at her pr obabl y ki l l ed Dmi t r i . That ' s who t he pol i ce
shoul d be l ooki ng
f or . I cal l ed Ti mmons because I want ed hi mt o f i nd out t he
t r ut h.
Someone i mper sonat ed hi m. I have no i dea who. And unl ess
you can f i nd
hi mand t i e hi mt o me, you have not hi ng. As f ar as Mar go
Posner i s
concer ned, I r eal l y bel i eved t hat she was our si st er . When
she suddenl y
went cr azy, goi ng on a buyi ng spr ee and t hr eat eni ng t o
ki l l us al l , I
per suaded her t o go t o Chi cago. Then I ar r anged t o have
her pi cked up
and commi t t ed. I want ed t o keep al l t hi s out of t he pr ess
t o pr ot ect t he
f ami l y. ' J ul i a sai d, ' you came her e t o ki l l me. ' Tyl er
shook hi s head.
' had no i nt ent i on of ki l l i ng 351 you. You' r e an i mpost or .
I j ust want ed
t o scar e you away- ' ' r e l yi ng. ' He t ur ned t o t he ot her s.
" Ther e' s somet hi ng el se you mi ght consi der . I Vs possi bl e
t hat none of
t he f ami l y i s i nvol ved. I t coul d be some i nsi der who' s
mani pul at i ng
t hi s, someone who put i n an i mpost or and pl anned t o
convi nce t he f ami l y
she was genui ne and t hen spl i t a shar e of t he est at e wi t h
her . That
di dn' t occur t o any of you, di d i f f He t ur ned t o Si mon
Fi t zger al d. ' ' m
goi ng t o sue you bot h f or sl ander , and I ' mgoi ng t o t ake
away ever yt hi ng
you' ve got . These ar e my wi t nesses. Bef or e I ' mt hr ough
wi t h you,
you' l l wi sh you had never hear d of me. I cont r ol bi l l i ons,
and I ' mgoi ng
t o use t hemt o dest r oy you. ' He l ooked at St eve. ' pr omi se
you t hat your
l ast act as a l awyer wi l l be t he r eadi ng of t he St anf or d
wi l l . Now,
unl ess you want t o char ge me wi t h car r yi ng an unl i censed
weapon, I ' l l be
l eavi ng. ' The gr oup l ooked at one anot her uncer t ai nl y. ' ?
Wel l , good
eveni ng, t hen. ' They wat ched hel pl essl y as he wal ked out
t he door .
Li eut enant Kennedy was t he f i r st one t o f i nd hi s voi ce. '
Gof f he sai d.
" Do you bel i eve t hat ' ' s bl uf f i ng, ' St eve sai d sl owl y. ' But
we can' t
pr dve i t . He' s r i ght . We need pr oof . I t hought he woul d
cr ack, but I
under est i mat ed hi m. ' Si mon Fi t zger al d spoke. ' l ooks l i ke
our l i t t l e
pl an 352 backf i r ed. Wi t hout Dmi t r i Kami nsky or t he
t est i mony of t he
Posner woman, we have not hi ng but suspi ci ons. ' ' about t he
t hr eat on my
l i f e?, J ul i a pr ot est ed. St eve sai d, ' hear d what he sai d.
He was j ust
t r yi ng t o, scar e you because he t hought you wer e an
i mpost or . ' wasn' t
j ust t r yi ng t o scar e me, ' J ul i a sai d. ' i nt ended t o ki l l
me. "
" I know. But t her e i sn' t a t hi ng we can do. Di ckens had i t
r i ght : " The
l aw i s a ass . . . " We' r e r i ght back wher e we st ar t ed. '
Fi t zger al d
f r owned.
" I t ' s wor se t han t hat , St eve. Tyl er meant what he sai d
about sui ng us.
Unl ess we canpr ove our char ges, we' r e i n t r oubl e. ' When
t he ot her s had
l ef t , J ul i a sai d t o St eve, ' ' mso sor r y about al l t hi s. I
f eel
r esponsi bl e i n a' way. I f I hadn' t come . . . ' ' ' t be si l l y, '
St eve sai d.
" But he sai d he' s goi ng t o r ui n you. Can he do t hat St eve
shr ugged.
" We' l l have t o see. ' J ul i a hesi t at ed. ' , I ' d l i ke@t o hel p
you: He
l ooked at her , puzzl ed. ' do you mean?' ' , I ' mgoi ng t o
have a l ot of
money. I ' d l i ke t o gi ve you enough so you can - ' . He put
hi s hands on
her shoul der s. ' you, J ul i a. I can' t t ake your money. I ' l l
be f i ne. ' '
. . . I ' ' t wor r y about i t . , 353 She shudder ed. ' ' s an evi l
man. ' `I t was
ver y br ave of you t o do what you di d. ' ' sai d t her e was no
way t o get
hi m, so I t hought i f you sent hi mher e, t hat coul d be t he
way t o t r ap
hi m. ' ' l ooks as t hough wer e t he ones who f el l i nt o t he
t r ap, doesn' t
i f f That ni ght , J ul i a l ay i n her bed, t hi nki ng about St eve
and wonder i ng
how she coul d pr ot ect hi m. I shoul dn' t have come, she
t hought , but i f I
hadn' t come, I woul dn' t have met hi mI n t he next r oom,
St eve l ay i n bed,
t hi nki ng about J ul i a. I t was f r ust r at i ng t o t hi nk t hat she
was l yi ng i n
her bed wi t h onl y a t hi n wal l bet ween t hem. What amI
t al ki ng about ?
That wal l i s a bi l l i on dol l ar s t hi ck. Tyl er was i n an
exuber ant mood. On
t he way home, he t hought about what had j ust t aken pl ace,
and how he had
out wi t t ed t hem. They' r e pygmi es t r yi ng t o f el l a gi ant , he
t hought . And
he had no i dea t hat t hese wer e once hi s f at her ' s t hought s.
When Tyl er
r eached Rose Hi l l , Cl ar k gr eet ed hi m. ' eveni ng, J udge
Tyl er . I hope
you' r e wel l t hi s eveni ng. ' ' bet t er , Cl ar k. Never bet t er . '
' I get you
anyt hi ngt " Yes. I t hi nk I ' d l i ke a gl ass of champagne. '
354 ' cour se,
si r . ' I t , was a cel ebr at i on, t he cel ebr at i on of hi s
vi ct or y. Tomor r ow
r 1l be wor t h over t wo bi l l i on dol l ar s. He sai d t he phr ase
l ovi ngl y over
an dover .
" Two bi l l i on dol l ar s . . . t wo bi l l i on dol l ar s . . . ' He
deci ded t o cal l
Lee. Thi s t i me Lee r ecogni zed hi s voi ce i mmedi at el y. ' !
How ar e you?'
Hi s - voi ce was war m. ' , Lee. ' ' ' ve been wai t i ng t o hear
f r omyou: Tyl er
f el t a l i t t l e t hr i l l . ' you? How woul d you l i ke t o come t o
Bost on
t omor r owt ' . . . but what f or t ' t he r eadi ng of t he wi l l .
I ' mgoi ng t o
i nher i t over t wo bi l l i on dol l ar s. ' , . . . t hat ' s
f ant ast i c! ' ' want you
her e at my si de. We' r e goi ng t o pi ck out t hat yacht
t oget her . ' ' , Tyl er l
That sound' s wonder f ul ! ' ' you' l l comet " Of cour se, I
wi l l . ' When Lee
r epl aced t he r ecei ver , he sat t her e sayi ng l ovi ngl y over
an dover , '
bi l l i on dol l ar s . . . t wo bi l l i on dol l ar s. "
Chapt er Thi r t y- f our .
The day bef or e t he r eadi ng of t he wi l l , Kendal l and Woody
wer e seat ed
i n St eve' s of f i ce. ' don' t under st and why we' r e her e, .
Woody sai d. '
r eadi ng i s supposed t o be t omor r ow. ' ' ' s someone I want
you t o meet , '
St eve t ol d t hem. ' ' si st er . ' They wer e bot h st ar i ng at
hi m. ' ' ve
al r eady met her , ' Kendal l sai d. St eve pr essed a but t on on
t he i nt er com.
' you ask her t o come i n, pl easet Kendal l and Woody l ooked
at each
ot her , puzzl ed. The door opened, and J ul i a St anf or d wal ked
i nt o t he
of f i ce. St eve st ood up. ' i s your si st er , J ul i a. "
" What t he hel l ar e you t al ki ng about t Woody expl oded. '
ar e you t r yi ng
t o pul f f ' me expl ai n, ' St eve sai d qui et l y. He spoke f or
f i f t een
mi nut es, and f i ni shed by sayi ng, ' Wi nger conf i r med t hat
her DNA mat ches
your f at her ' s. ' 356 When he was t hr ough, Woody sai d,
" Tyl er ! I can' t
bel i eve i t ! ' ' i t . ' ' don' t under st and. The ot her woman' s
f i nger pr i nt s
pr ove t hat she i s J ul i a, ' Woody sai d. ' st i l l have t he
f i nger pr mt car d. '
St eve f el t hi s pul se poundi ng. ' dot " Yeah. I kept i t as
ki nd of a
j oke, - ' ' want you t o do me a f avor , " St eve sai d. At t en
o' cl ock t he
next mor ni ng, a l ar ge gr oup was gat her ed i n t he conf er ence
r oomof
Renqui st , Renqui st & Fi t zger al d. Si mon Fi t zger al d sat at
t he head of a
t abl e. I n t he r oomwer e Kendal l , Tyl er , Woody, St eve, and
J ul i a. I n
addi t i on, t her e wer e sever al st r anger s pr esent . Fi t zger al d
i nt r oduced
t wo of t hem. ' i s Wi l l i amPar ker and Pat r i ck Evans.
They' r e wi t h t he l aw
f i r ms t hat r epr esent St anf or d Ent er pr i ses. They' ve br ought
wi t h t hemt he
f i nanci al r epor t on t he company. I ' l l di scuss t he wi l l
f i r st , t hen t hey
can t ake over t he meet i ng. ' ' ' s get on wi t h i t , ' Tyl er
sai d i mpat i ent l y.
He was si t t i ng apar t f r omt he ot her s. I ' mnot onl y goi ng
t o get t he
money, but I mgoi ng t o dest r oy you bast ar ds. Si mon
Fi t zger al d nodded. '
wel l . ' I n f r ont of Fi t zger al d was a l ar ge f i l e mar ked
HARRY STANFORD -
LAST WI LL AND TESTAMENT. ' ' mgoi ng t o gi ve each of you a
copy of t he
wi l l so i t won' t be 357 necessar y t o wade t hr ough al l t he
t echni cal i t i es. I 9ve al r eady t ol d you t hat Har r y
St anf or d' s chi l dr en
i l l equal l y i nher i t t he est at e. ' J ul i a gl anced over at
St eve, a l ook of
bemusement on her f ace.
Fmgl adf or her , St eve t hought . Even t hough i t put s her way
out of my
r each. Si mon Fi t zger al d was goi ng on. ' ar e a dozen or so
bequest s, but
t hey' r e al l mi nor . ' Tyl er was t hi nki ng, Lee wi l l be her e
t hi s af t er noon.
I want t o be at t he ai r por t t o meet hi m' you wer e t ol d
ear l i er ,
St anf or d Ent er pr i ses has asset s of appr oxi mat el y si x
bi l l i on dol l ar s. '
Fi t zger al d nodded t owar d Wi l l i amPar ker . ' I ' l l l et Mr .
Par ker t ake i t
f r omher e. ' Wi l l i amPar ker opened a br i ef case and spr ead
some paper s out
on t he conf er ence t abl e. ' Mr . Fi t zger al d sai d, t her e ar e
si x bi l l i on
dol l ar s i n asset s. However . . . 9 , was a pr egnant pause.
He l ooked
ar ound t he r oom. ' Ent er pr i ses i s i n debt i n excess of
f i f t een bi l l i on
dol l ar s. ' Woody was on hi s f eet . ' t he hel l ar e you
sayi ne. ' Tyl er ' s
f ace t ur ned ashen. ' t hi s some ki nd of macabr e j oket ' has
t o be! '
Kendal l sai d hoar sel y. Mr . Par ker t ur ned t o one of t he men
i n t he r oom.
' . Leonar d Reddi ng i s wi t h t he Secur i t i es and Exchange
Commi ssi on. I ' l l
l et hi mexpl ai n. ' 358 Reddi ng nodded. ' t he l ast t wo
year s, Har r y
St anf or d was convi nced t hat i nt er est r at es wer e goi ng t o
f al l . I n t he
past , he had made mi l l i ons by bet t i ng on t hat . When
i nt er est r at es
st ar t ed t o r i se, he was st i l l convi nced t hey woul d dr op
agai n, and he
kept l ever agi ng hi s bet s. He di d massi ve bor r owi ng t o buy
l ong- t er m
bonds, but t he i nt er est r at es went up and hi s bor r owi ng
cost s j umped,
whi l e t he val ue of t he bonds t umbl ed. The banks wer e
wi l l i ng t o do
busi ness wi t h hi mbecause of hi s r eput at i on and hi s vast
f or t une, but
when he t r i ed t o r ecoup hi s l osses by st ar t i ng t o i nvest
i n hi gh- r i sk
secur i t i es, t hey began t o get wor r i ed. He made a ser i es of
di sast r ous
i nvest ment s. Some of t he money he bor r owed was pl edged by
secur i t i es he
had bought wi t h bor r owed money as col l at er al f or ' f ur t her
bor r owi ng. ' '
ot her wor ds, ' Pat r i ck Evans i nt er j ect ed, ' was pyr ami di ng
hi s debt s,
oper at i ng i l l egal l y. ' ' i s cor r ect .
Unf or t unat el y f or hi m, i nt er est r at es under went one of t he
st eepest
cl i mbs i n f i nanci al hi st or y. He had t o keep bor r owi ng
money t o cover t he
money he had al r eady bor r owed. I t was a vi ci ous ci r cl e. '
They sat t her e,
hangi ng on Reddi ng' s ever y wor d. ' f at her gave hi s
per sonal guar ant ee t o
t he company' s pensi on pl an and i l l egal l y used t hat money
t o buy mor e
st ock. When t he banks began t o quest i on what he was doi ng,
he set up
decoy compani es and pr ovi ded f al se r ecor ds of sol vency and
f ake sal es of
hi s 359 pr oper t i es t o dr i ve up t he val ue of hi s paper . He
was commi t t i ng
f r aud. I n t he end, he was count i ng on a consor t i umof
banks t o bai l hi m
out of t r oubl e. , They r ef used. When t hey t ol d t he
Secur i t i es and
Exchange Commi ssi on what was happeni ng, I nt er pol was
br ought i nt o t he
pi ct ur e. ' Reddi ng i ndi cat ed t he man seat ed next t o hi m.
" Thi s i s I nspect or Pat ou, wi t h t he Fr ench Sf t r et 6.
I nspect or , woul d you
expl ai n t he r est of i t , pl easet I nspect or Pat ou spoke
Engl i sh wi t h a
sl i ght Fr ench accent . ' t he r equest of I nt er pol , we t r aced
Har r y
St anf or d t o St . - Paul - de- Vence, and I sent t hr ee det ect i ves
t her e t o
f ol l ow hi m. He managed t o el ude t hem. I nt er pol had put out
a gr een code
t o al l pol i ce depar t ment s t hat Har r y St anf or d was under
suspi ci on and
shoul d be wat ched. I f t hey had known t he ext ent of hi s
cr i mes, t hey
woul d have ci r cul at ed a r ed code, or t op pr i or i t y, and we
woul d have
appr ehended hi m. ' Woody - was i n a st at e of - shock. ' ' s why
he l ef t us
hi s est at e. Because t her e was not hi ng i n i t ! ' Wi l l i am
Par ker sai d,
" You' r e r i ght about t hat . You wer e al l i n your f at her ' s
wi l l because t he
banks r ef used t o go al ong wi t h hi mand he knew t hat , i n
essence, he was
l eavi ng you not hi ng. But he spoke t o Ren6 Gaut i er at
Cr 6di t Lyonnai s,
who pr omi sed t o hel p hi m. The moment Har r y St anf or d
t hought t hat he was
sol vent agai n, he pl anned t o change hi s wi l l t o cut you
out of i t . , 360
" But what about t he yacht , and t he pl ane, `: 4<3' and t he
housest Kendal l asked.
" I ' msor r y, ' Par ker sai d. ' wi l l be sol d t o pay of f par t
of t he debt . '
Tyl er sat t her e, numb. I t was a ni ght mar e beyond
i magi ni ng.
He was no l onger Tyl er St anf or d, Mul t i bi l l i onai r e. He was
mer el y a
j udge. Tyl er got up t o l eave, shaken. ' I don' t know what
t o say.
I f t her e' s not hi ng el se. . He had t o get t o t he ai r por t
qui ckl y t o meet
Lee and t r y t o expl ai n what had happened. St eve spoke up.
' i s somet hi ng
el se. ' He t ur ned. ' ?' St eve nodded t o a man st andi ng at
t he door . The
door opened, and Hal Baker wal ked i n. ' , j udge- ' The
br eakt hr ough had
come when Woody t ol d St eve t hat he had t he f i nger pr i nt
car d. ' ' d l i ke t o
see i t , ' St eve t ol d hi m. Woody had been puzzl ed.
" Why? I t j ust has t he woman' s t wo set s of f i nger pr i nt s on
i t , and t hey
mat ched. We al l checked i t . ' ' t he man who cal l ed hi msel f
Fr ank Ti mmons
t ook t he f i nger pr i nt s, r i ght ?' ' . ' ' i f he t ouched t he
car d, hi s
f i nger pr i nt s wi l l be on i t . ' 361 St eve' s hunch had pr oved
t o be r i ght .
Hal Baker ' s pr i nt s wer e al l over t he car d, and i t had
t aken l ess t han
t hi r t y mi nut es f or t he comput er s t o r eveal hi s i dent i t y.
St eve had
t el ephoned t he di st r i ct at t or ney i n Chi cago. A war r ant was
i ssued, and
t wo det ect i ves had appear ed at Hal Baker ' s house. He was
i n t he yar d
pl ayi ng cat ch wi t h Bi l l y. ' . Baker t ' . ' The det ect i ves
showed t hei r
badges. ' di st r i ct at t or ney woul d l i ke t o t al k t o you. ' ' .
I can' t . ' He
was i ndi gnant . ' I ask whyt one of t he det ect i ves asked.
" You can see why, can' t you? I ' mpl ayi ng bal l wi t h my
son! ' The di st r i ct
at t or ney had r ead t he t r anscr i pt of Hal Baker ' s t r i al . He
l ooked at t he
man seat ed i n f r ont of hi mand sai d, ' under st and you' r e a
f ami l y man. "
" That ' s r i ght , ' Hal Baker sai d pr oudl y. ' ' s what t hi s
count r y i s al l
about . I f ever y f ami l y coul d - ' ' . Baker . He l eaned
f or war d. ' ' ve been
wor ki ng wi t h J udge St anf or d. ' ' don' t know any J udge
St anf or d. "
" Let me r ef r esh your memor y. He put you on par ol e. He used
you t o
i mper sonat e a pr i vat e det ect i ve named Fr ank Ti mmons, and
we have r eason
t o bel i eve he al so asked you t o ki l l a J ul i a St anf or d. ' '
don' t know
what you' r e t al ki ng about . ' 362 ' I ' mt al ki ng about i s a
sent ence of t en
t o t went y year s. I ' mgoi ng t o push f or t he t went y. ' Hal
Baker t ur ned
pal e. ' can' t do t hat ! Why, my wi f e and ki ds woul d . . . ' ' .
On t he ot her
hand, ' t he di st r i ct at t or ney sai d, ' you' r e wi l l i g t o t ur n
st at e' s
evi dence, I ' mpr epar ed t o ar r ange f or you- t o get of f ver y
l i ght l y. ' Hal
Baker was begi nni ng t o pef spi r e. ' . . . what do I have t o
dot - ' t o me. '
Now, i n t he conf er ence r oomof Renqui st , Renqui st &
Fi t zger al d, Hal
Baker l ooked at Tyl er , and sai d, ' ar e you, j udget Woody
l ooked up and
excl ai med, ' ! I t ' s Fr ank Ti mmons! ' St eve sai d t o Tyl er , '
i s t he man you
or der ed t o br eak i nt o our of f i ces t o get you a copy of
your f at her ' s
wi l l , t o di g up your f at her ' s body, and t o ki l l J ul i a
St anf or d. ' I t t ook
a moment f or Tyl er t o f i nd hi s voi ce. ' ' r e cr azy! He' s a
convi ct ed
f el on. No one i s goi ng t o t ake hi s wor d agai nst mi ne! ' '
one has t o t ake
hi s wor d, ' St eve sai d. ' you seen t hi s man bef or et '
cour se. He was
t r i ed i n my cour t . ' ' ' s hi s namet " Hi s name i s . . . ' Tyl er
saw t he t r ap.
' mean . . . he pr obabl y has a l ot of al i ases. ' 363 ' you
t r i ed hi mi n
your cour t r oom, hi s name was Hal Baker . ' ' . . . t hat ' s
r i ght . ' ' when he
came t o Bost on, you i nt r oduced hi mas Fr ank Ti mmons. '
Tyl er was
f l ounder i ng. ' , I . . . I . . . ' had hi mr el eased i nt o your
cust ody, and
you used hi mt o t r y t o pr ove t hat Mar go Posner was t he
r eal J ul i a. ' ' ! I
had not hi ng t o do wi t h t hat . I never met t hat woman unt i l
she showed up
her e. ' St eve t ur ned t o Li eut enant Kennedy. ' you get t hat ,
Li eut enant ?'
' . " St eve t ur ned back t o Tyl er . ' checked on Mar go Posner .
She was al so
t r i ed i n your cour t r oomand r el eased i nt o your cust ody.
The di st r i ct
at t or ney i n Chi cago i ssued a sear ch war r ant - t hi s mor ni ng
f or your
saf e- deposi t box. He cal l ed a l i t t l e whi l e ago t o t el l me
t hat t hey
f ound a document gi vi ng you J ul i a St anf or d' s shar e of your
f at her ' s
est at e. The document was si gned f i ve days bef or e t he
supposed J ul i a
St anf or d ar r i ved i n Bost on. ' Tyl er was br eat hi ng har d,
t r yi ng t o r egai n
hi s wi t s. ' . . . I . . . Thi s i s pr epost er ous! ' Li eut enant
Kennedy sai d,
" I ' mpl aci ng you under ar r est , J udge St anf or d, f or
conspi r acy t o commi t
mur der . We' l l ar r ange f or ext r adi t i on paper s. You' l l be
sent back t o
Chi cago. ' 364 Tyl er st ood t her e, hi s wor l d col l apsi ng
ar ound hi m. ' have
t he r i ght t o r emai n si l ent . I f you choose t o gi ve up t hi s
r i ght anyt hi ng
you say can and wi l l be used agai nst you i n a cour t of
l aw. You have t he
r i ght t o t al k t o a l awyer and have hi mpr esent wi t h you
whi l e you ar e
bei ng quest i oned. I f you cannot af f or d t o hi r e a l awyer ,
one wi l l be
appoi nt ed t o r epr esent you bef or e any quest i oni ng, i f you
yvi sh one. Do
you under st andt Li eut enant Kennedy asked. ' . ' And t hen a
sl ow t r i umphant
smi l e l i t hi s1ace. I know how t o beat t hem! he t hought
happi l y. ' you
r eady, j udget He nodded and sai d cal ml y, ' . I ' mr eady. I ' d
l i ke t o go
back t o Rose. Hi l l t o pi ck up my t hi ngs. ' ' ' s f i ne. We' l l
have t hese t wo
pol i cemen accompany you. %Tyl er t ur ned t o l ook at J ul i a,
and t her e was
so much hat r ed i n hi s eyes t hat i t made her shudder .
Thi r t y mi nut es
l at er , Tyl er and t he t wo pol i cemen r eached Rose Hi l l . They
wal ked i nt o
t he f r ont hal l . , wi l l t ake me onl y a f ew mi nut es t o
pack, ' Tyl er sai d.
They wat ched as Tyl er went up t he st ai r case t o hi s r oom.
I n hi s r oom,
Tyl er wal ked over t o t he bur eau cont ai ni ng t he r evol ver
and l oaded i t .
The sound of t he shot seemed t o r ever ber at e f or ever .
Chapt er Thi r t y- f i ve.
Woody and Kendal l wer e seat ed i n t he dr awi ng r oomat Rose
Hi l l . Hal f a
dozen men i n whi t e over al l s wer e t aki ng down pai nt i ngs
f r omt he wal l s
and st ar t i ng t o di smant l e t he f ur ni shi ngs. ' ' s t he end of
an er a, "
Kendal l si ghed. ' ' s t he begi nni ng, ' Woody sai d. He smi l ed.
' wi sh I
coul d see Peggy' s f ace when she f i nds out what her hal f of
my f or t une
i s! ' He t ook hi s si st er ' s hand. ' you okay? About Mar c, I
mean. ' She
nodded. ' ' l l get over i t . Anyhow, I ' mgoi ng t o be ver y
busy. I have a
pr el i mi nar y hear i ng i n t wo weeks. Af t er , t hat , I ' l l see
what happens. "
" I ' msur e ever yt hi ng wi l l be al l r i ght . ' He r ose. ' have
an i mpor t ant
t el ephone cal l t o make, ' Woody t ol d her . He had t o br eak
t he news t o
Mi mi Car son. ' , ' Woody sai d apol oget i cal l y, ' ' maf r ai d I ' m
goi ng t o have
t o go back on our deal . Thi ngs haven' t wor ked out as I had
hoped t hey
woul d. ' ' you al l r i ght , Woodyt 366 ' . A l ot has been
goi ng on her e.
Peggy and I ar e f i ni shed. ' Ther e was a l ong pause. ' ? Ar e
you comi ng
back t o Hobe Sound?' ' , I don' t know what I ' mgoi ng t o
do. ' Voody?' Her
voi ce was sof t . ' back, pl ease. ' J ul i a and St eve wer e out
on t he pat i o.
' ' msor r y about t he way t hi ngs t ur ned out , " St eve sai d. '
your not
get t i ng t he money, I mean. ' J ul i a smi l ed at hi m. ' don' t
r eal l y need a
hundr ed chef s. ' ' ' r e not di sappoi nt ed t hat your t r i p her e
was wast edt
She l ooked up at hi m. ' i t wast ed, St evet They never knew
who made t he
f i r st move, but she was i n hi s ar ms, and he was hol di ng
her , and t hey
wer e ki ssi ng. ' ' ve been want i ng t o do t hi s si nce t he f i r st
t i me I saw
you. J ul i a shook her head. ' f i r st t i me you saw me, you
t ol d me t o get
out of t own! ' He gr i nned. ' di d, di dn' t I ? I don' t ever
want you t o
l eave. ' And she t hought of Sal l y' s wor ds. ' ' t you know i f
t he man
pr oposep" I s t hat a pr oposal ?' J ul i a asked. 367 He hel d her
t i ght er . '
bet i t i s. Wi l l you mar r y me? v ' , yes! ' Kendal l came out
t o t he pat i o.
She was hol di ng a pi ece of paper i n her hand. ' . . . I j ust
got t hi s i n
t he mai l . ' St eve l ooked at her , wor r i ed. ' anot her . 9' ' .
I ' ve been
named Women' s Wear Desi gner of t he Year . ' Woody and
Kendal l and J ul i a
and St eve wer e seat ed at t he di ni ng- r oomt abl e. Al l ar ound
t hemwor kmen
wer e movi ng chai r s and couches, and car r yi ng t hemof f .
St eve t ur ned t o
Woody. ' ar e you goi ng t o do TI OVOP ' ' mgoi ng back t o Hobe
Sound. Fi r st , I ' mgoi ng t o check i n wi t h Dr . Ti chner .
Thei r a f r i end of mi ne has a st r i ng of poni es t hat I ' m
goi ng t o r i de. ' Kendal l l ooked at J ul i a. ' you goi ng back
t o Kansas Ci t y?' When I was a l i t t l e gi r l , J ul i a t hought ,
I wi shed t hat someone woul d t ake me out of Kansas and br i ng
me t o a magi cal pl ace wher e I woul d f i nd my pr i nce. She
t ook St eve' s hand. ' , ' J ul i a sai d. " I ' mnot goi ng back t o
Kansas. ' They wat ched t wo men t ake down t he huge
por t r ai t of Har r y St anf or d. ' never di d l i ke t hat
pi ct ur e, ' Woody sai d.

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