Los Angeles 1953—Marilyn Palmer is a beauty with a deep dark secret. After a threatening note from a blackmailer arrives she hires a PI to help keep her unsavory past in the past. Marilyn regrets running away from her Detroit home at the age of eighteen, with girlfriend June Masterson. Bound for Hollywood and seeking stardom, the girls were soon duped and plunged into military-condoned prostitution on Hotel Street, in Honolulu, shortly before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Marilyn mistakenly believes her worsening digestive woes to be nothing more than ulcers, and pretends to be the happy wife of a successful doctor and a devoted mother. After the maid sees the doctor pour something in Marilyn’s medicine, Marilyn delivers the bottle to the detective. Once it’s tested she learns her husband is out to poison her. After the doctor’s treachery is discovered he kills himself. Marilyn finally reconnects with her mother and begins a new life.
When Marilyn pulled out of her driveway and into the cul-de-sac, she spotted a mysterious blue car parked across the street. The very same car had been parked up the way the day before, and she wondered if it meant anything. On her way to meet Lillian at Flynn’s Fish-n-Steak, Marilyn thought she spotted the blue car in her rearview mirror, but when she turned around she realized it was a different vehicle altogether. Her mind must be playing tricks; she had jumped to an absurd conclusion. So what if a strange car showed up two days in a row? Her normally reclusive neighbors must have company—that’s all.
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About the Author
When E.C. Moore’s not writing feverishly, you will find her out walking or sightseeing. She’s wild about coffee, books, cooking, good wine, cairn terriers, miniature ponies, historical houses, and witty people.
She resides in a fifties bungalow in Southern California, with her creative-director husband, a yappy blonde dog, and one feisty Chihuahua.