Chapter 1 Another Man’s Treasure
On a snowy Christmas Eve, a beautiful young mother goes out to buy a few last minute gifts and never returns. Thirty years later, her daughter, Audrey, picks up her trail. As she relentlessly pursues clues to her family’s troubled history, each fact Audrey uncovers drags her further away from the love she craves, and puts her on a collision course with people more determined, more ambitious, and more dangerous than she can fathom.
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I’ve done it countless times. Still, this moment makes me feel like I’m pulling the white satin ribbon off a Tiffany’s box. I insert the key in the last of three locks and take a final breath of crisp October air. Then I push the door open and inhale. Dust, overlaid with weak-bladdered kitty. Top notes of sour milk. Undertones of cheap cigar and fried sausage. Eau de Old, Number One. Oh well. I’ve been running estate sales for ten years, so the scent of a house pretty much tells me what I’ll find inside. In this case, nothing great. But the sale must go on. Read More of Chapter 1