by Alan Cook
By the time Carol Golden is asked to help an old friend of her in-laws who lives
on the beach in Southern California, it appears that the damage has already been
done in the form of a scam that has separated retired business professor Peter
Griffenham from a sizeable chunk of money. All Carol can hope to do is help to
find the culprits and, hopefully, get some of the money back. She is also saddled
with a bouncing one-year-old boy who inhibits her activities. The chief suspect,
a bewitching redheaded actress named Amy, has disappeared, and Peter is reluctant
to go to the police because heís afraid his son, David, will use his mental lapse
as an excuse to attempt to gain control of his entire estate. Carol tries to
separate herself from Peterís problems after he refuses to take her advice, but
events rapidly spiral out of control as it appears the con artists are after a much
larger piece of his money. Carol keeps getting pulled back into the mess, trying to
help Peter maintain his independence and at least some of his money, but the
outcome will be far different than she has envisioned.
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