The gaudy headlines were splashed across the front page of the newspaper. 'Jacqueline Blum, Heiress to the Fabulous Blum Fortune, Missing and Presumed Dead.' For Alyn Blum-Jones, her wealthy aunt's disappearance triggered sadness and regret. Not just because she had learned about it in such a coldly impersonal way, but because she would never have the chance to meet her.
For as long as Alyn could remember, her mother Collette had been estranged from her wealthy family. As a young woman, they had disinherited Collette when she married a handsome hoodlum -- only to be abandoned by him while Alyn was still a child. Upon her mother's death, Alyn found herself yearning for family. So she was thrilled when her aunt invited her to Blumfield Estate. But now, just days before the longed-for visit, Jacqueline was gone, and Alyn was determined to find out what happened to her.
When Alyn arrives on the vast green knolls of the magnificent estate, a shroud of menace swiftly surrounds her. The household staff is oddly cold and malevolent. The local authorities -- even the FBI -- have stayed strangely silent about her aunt's disappearance. Yet nothing chills her more than meeting Peter Youngblood, the enigmatic free-lance investigator assigned to the case. Handsome and imposing, his piercing eyes seem to hold accusations.
As disturbing as Alyn finds Blumfield, she is even more alarmed by the secrets her aunt's private possessions reveal. It seems Jacqueline had followed a dream of love into a world of danger and death, and now Alyn must penetrate that world in order to discover what ghastly fate befell the emotionally fragile woman. Can she trust Peter Youngblood -- a man to whom she finds herself almost helplessly drawn -- to lead her safely through New York City's sinister playgrounds? Or will she succumb, like Jacqueline and Colette before her, to the haunting legacy of the Blum women -- loving the wrong man, and paying dearly for it?
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