By Gore Vidal
In demise Likes it scorching, rushing P.R. guy Peter Sargeant travels out to a fancy seashore neighborhood to aid a filthy rich socialite plan an end-of-summer celebration. His delight in the sunlight, the surf, and the corporate of a stunning younger style reporter is interrupted by way of the demise of the socialite's niece: she mysteriously drowns whereas swimming on a crowded seashore. nobody suspects homicide till the police discover a deadly dose of sound asleep drugs in her procedure. As Sargeant watches the police's research spread, he retains a watch at the grieving socialite; the victim's recognized painter husband; a suspiciously cheery brother and sister; and a garrulous tabloid columnist. Now, rather than making plans visitor lists, wine offerings, and menus, Sargeant is confronted with a killer not like he's ever confronted: hugely subtle, devilishly shrewdpermanent, and simply as tender as he is.
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