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Body Blow/Pugh, Dianne/Paper/0747250561/S054-B1
A highly paid investment counsellor at Los Angeles brokers McKinney Alitzer, Iris Thorne has streamlined herself for survival in the corporate world. she's sharp, smart and, to some, frustratingly self-possessed. But when she receives a phone call from her father's old employer, Bill DeLacey, all the vulnerabilities of her blue-collar childhood come hurtling back. Controversy has always dogged the manipulative slum landlord who, when Iris was a girl, was involved in a quarrel over land that resulted in his father-in-law's violent death. Now DeLacey tells Iris his wife has died suddenly and he is anxious that Iris and her mother attend the funeral. And he is even more anxious that Iris help him trace his daughter, Iris's girlhood friend, Paula, from whom he has been estranged for years. Iris herself parted with the wayward Paula on less than friendly terms but she has her own reasons for trying to find her. Just days before she died, DeLacey's wife, who hadn't spoken to Iris for years, left a disturbing message on Iris's office answerphone. Her husband, she said, was trying to kill her...