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A Secret Rage by Charlaine Harris

By Charlaine Harris

Former long island urban version Nickie Callahan is asking ahead to the straightforward lifestyles while she strikes to the sleepy university city of Knolls, Tennessee. however the ladies of Knolls aren't secure. And as Nickie will get swept up in a string of brutally violent crimes, she needs to take issues of justice into her personal palms.

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There’s something you’re not telling me,” I parried. He straightened and looked thoughtful. I wondered if I could have my arm back, since it was obvious this was not going to be one of those electric movie moments when the hero suddenly gives way to passion after touching the girl, usually when she’s dismounting. I didn’t have a horse to slide off of; the best I could do was cut my hand. “No,” Cully decided out loud. He bent back over my cut, meticulously applied the bandage, and handed my arm back to me.

Since Cully was not only a man and a southerner but also a jogger, he tended to be smug about his superior strength. Pooey on you, Cully! I’m tall and I exercise every day—well, almost every day—and I’m not going to play clinging vine. My training in the control of my facial muscles came in handy. I managed to swing the bag off the tailgate and onto the pile of dumped garbage with the requisite gusto, but I was glad Cully had to shut the tailgate. That gave me a moment to hop back into the pickup and have a blissful second to relieve my anguish by some down-home cussing.

She gardened, kept the house up, canned, embroidered, played mahjong, and was active in the church. And she took some pains to find out what church I belonged to. It had been so long since anyone had asked me that, I hardly knew what to say. I’d forgotten that this was always one of the first questions to be settled in the South. I remembered I’d been an Episcopalian once upon a time. I breathed a sigh of relief when Mrs. Harbison turned out to be a Baptist. She couldn’t enlist me in any of her church organizations, and she was a little disappointed about that.

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