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Wealthy Men Only: The True Story of a Lonely Millionaire, a Gorgeous Younger Woman, and the Love Triangle that Ended in Murder

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Wealthy Men Only

Stella Sands

Nanette Johnston's personal ad made it clear: "I know how to take care of my man if he knows how to take care of me." Newport Beach millionaire Bill MacLaughlin made the fatal mistake of responding.

Within months, the gorgeous 28-year-old moved in with the middle-aged entrepreneur. Three years later, she began

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Wealthy Men Only

Stella Sands

Nanette Johnston's personal ad made it clear: "I know how to take care of my man if he knows how to take care of me." Newport Beach millionaire Bill MacLaughlin made the fatal mistake of responding.

Within months, the gorgeous 28-year-old moved in with the middle-aged entrepreneur. Three years later, she began seeing another man on the side, a former NFL linebacker who took a job at a nearby nightclub. Three weeks later, MacLaughin would be dead.

He was found lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood. Nannette had an alibi--and a million-dollar life insurance policy on the victim. Police discovered she'd embezzled a small fortune from MacLaughlin's business--but didn't have enough evidence to charge her with murder. For years, the crime went unsolved--until new evidence brought the golddigger and her boyfriend back to the courtoom--in a sordid case of lust, betrayal, greed, and murder…

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250006158
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Chapter One
 
Balboa Coves
 
 
The Newport Beach area of Southern California isn’t for everyone. Curmudgeons and sourpusses will find paltry little to enjoy. But aside from devotees of those two marginal groups, most people agree that Newport Beach is about as close to paradise as it gets—regardless of how you choose to define “paradise.”
If it’s surf, sand, and sunbathing you’re after, the area is pure bliss. With ten miles of perhaps the cleanest beaches in the United States, it boasts the Pacific Ocean’s best breaks, especially between Newport Pier and the Santa Ana River. With mountain-size waves, the Wedge, at the extreme eastern end of Balboa Peninsula, offers some of the most breathtakingly unpredictable and insane bodysurfing and bodyboarding to be found anywhere in the world.
If it’s perfect weather you crave, the Mediterranean climate warms the soul as it mocks the rest of the country’s winter doldrums and cold-weather blues.
Hiking and bird-watching—indeed. Crystal Cove offers a must-walk wooded wilderness, while the estuary on Back Bay beckons birders from all over to observe ospreys, endangered brown pelicans, grebes, and egrets.
With their stunning views, eighteen-hole championship golf courses lure even the most golf-averse putters.
As if all that weren’t enough. Newport Beach has museums, farmers’ markets, trendy shops and restaurants, and lively nightlife. It’s a postcard-perfect playground by the sea.
And if you happen to be lucky enough to own a piece of this paradise, Balboa Coves is the place to be. An affluent community of charming bay-front homes, its sixty or so residences radiate luxury. Although they vary in layout, not one is size challenged and some boast over forty-five hundred square feet. A typical Balboa Coves property might include four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, one hundred–plus feet of azure-water frontage, a luxurious patio overlooking the bay, a private dock, and an oversized three-car garage. These houses are more than homes; each one is someone’s dream come true.
Like many upscale Newport Beach communities, Balboa Coves is gated. No one walks or drives into the neighborhood without a gate key or security card. This gives the residents a feeling of extra privacy and safety. But in an area where the crime rate is so low, one might wonder if such a precaution was really necessary.
And it wasn’t. Tranquility and uninterrupted peace reigned each and every day in this secluded enclave—well, at least it did until December 15, 1994.

 
Copyright © 2012 by Stella Sands

Meet the Author

Stella Sands is Executive Editor of Kids Discover, an award-winning magazine with over 400,000 subscribers geared to children 7 to 12 years old. She is the author of five other crime books: The Dating Game Killer, The Good Son, Murder at Yale, Behind the Mask--all available from St. Martin's Press True Crime Library--and Baby-faced Butchers, as well as other works including Odyssea and Natural Disasters. Her plays, Lou Passin' Through, Black-eyed Peas, and E-me, have been produced in Off-Off Broadway theaters in New York City.

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