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Bloodlines
     

Bloodlines

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by Dinah Mccall
 

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Twenty-five years ago Olivia Sealy was kidnapped for ransom. Today she has no memory of the terrible event, yet an uneasy feeling still haunts her — a fear that is realized when an infant's skeleton is found and a connection is made to Olivia's past.

As news of the discovery makes headlines, Olivia and the people close to her sudenly become targets for a

Overview

Twenty-five years ago Olivia Sealy was kidnapped for ransom. Today she has no memory of the terrible event, yet an uneasy feeling still haunts her — a fear that is realized when an infant's skeleton is found and a connection is made to Olivia's past.

As news of the discovery makes headlines, Olivia and the people close to her sudenly become targets for a murderer bent on revenge. Still stunned by the revelation and its implications, Olivia puts her trust in Trey Bonney, the detective assigned to the case. But neither counts on a madman who may hold the answer to the twenty-five-year-old mystery — a secret someone hoped was buried for good.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778321613
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.63(h) x 1.00(d)

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Bloodlines


By Dinah McCall

Center Point Large Print

Copyright © 2005 Dinah McCall
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781585476305

Chapter One

Dallas detective Trey Bonney strode into the precinct, nursing his second cup of coffee of the morning while trying not to think about the paperwork stacking up on his desk. He was a crackerjack detective, but when it came to filling out reports, he sucked.

"Morning, Trey."

He nodded a hello to file clerk Lisa Morrow without meeting her gaze. To a single man who'd had his share of one-night stands, her come-hither drawl was unmistakable. Three years ago - even two years ago - he might have taken her up on the invitation. But no more. His transition to a true maturity with an end to one-night stands had finally arrived. It had been gradual, and he still wasn't sure when it had happened, but it was a lot lonelier than he had expected. Even so, Lisa's presence and beckoning voice were nothing more than a small obstacle course on his way to his desk. But when another female called his name, he recognized the voice and looked up.

"Hey, Trey!"

Trey set his coffee cup on his desk as he gave Detective Chia Rodriguez his full attention. If she stretched, she measured an inch over five feet tall, but her size was deceiving. She was bulldog tough and constantly pissed due to the fact that the detectives in the precinct had a habit of referring to her asthe office "Chia Pet." Her short, unruly curls did nothing to deflect the image. Still, he liked her attitude and, on occasion, fished with her husband, Pete Rodriguez, who owned and operated his own landscape business.

"Yeah, what's up?" he asked.

"Lieutenant Warren said for you to come see him as soon as you came in."

Trey eyed the backlog of paperwork and grimaced. "Probably going to chain me to the desk until I finish these files."

Chia grinned and pointed toward their superior's office.

"Yeah, yeah, I'm going," Trey said, then took one more sip of coffee and put down the cup, bracing himself for what he figured would be, at the least, a dressing-down.

He lifted his chin, yanked nervously at the tail of his sports coat, then moved toward the office. He knocked once, then opened the door and leaned inside.

"You wanted to see me, Lieutenant?"

Harold Warren looked up from the paperwork on his desk and waved Trey inside.

"If it's about the files ..."

"Don't second-guess," Warren muttered. "It'll get you in trouble every time. Come in and shut the door."

"Yes, sir," Trey said.

"Sit," Warren said, pointing to a chair.

Again Trey obeyed, wishing he'd brought the rest of his coffee with him.

"How old are you?" Warren asked.

"I'll be thirty in September," Trey said.

"Too young to remember," Warren muttered, more to himself than to Trey.

"Remember what?" Trey asked.

"The Sealy kidnapping."

Trey flinched. Warren saw it.

"What?"

"Actually, I do know something about it," he said.

"How so?" Warren asked.

"I, uh ... know Olivia Sealy."

Harold arched an eyebrow. "I wasn't aware that you ran in such exclusive circles."

"I don't," Trey snapped. "We went to the same public high school. Even then she was sort of famous, you know. Parents murdered - raised by a rich-as-sin grandfather who showed up for school plays in a limousine."

"She went to public school?"

Trey shrugged. "Marcus Sealy didn't believe in separation of the classes. He wanted her to grow up as normally as possible." He just didn't want her anywhere near me.

"You seem to know a lot about her. Is there anything else you'd like to tell me before I continue?"

He thought about the fight they'd had when she came to break it off with him - remembering the shame in her eyes when she'd told him they couldn't see each other anymore and they both knew it was because his father was a drunk and his mother waited tables for a living.

"No."

"Is there anything between you two that could be construed as a conflict of interest?"

Now Trey was getting curious. "I haven't seen her in years," he muttered. "What's up?"

"Two days ago, while renovating a lake cabin up at Texoma, a man found a suitcase in a wall. They found the skeletal remains of a toddler inside."

"Good God," Trey muttered, then frowned. "But what does this have to do with the Sealy family?"

"Maybe nothing, but I want you to go see the Grayson County sheriff. His name is Blue Jenner. He's a friend of mine, and he's the one who caught the coincidence."

"Yeah, sure, Lieutenant, but what coincidence? What does a baby's skeleton have to do with Olivia Sealy's kidnapping? They found her, remember?"

"Maybe ... maybe not," Warren said. "The Sealy kidnapping was the department's case. I was a rookie when it happened. Hadn't been on the force more than three months when she was snatched. Half the force was on that case. I was there when one of the kidnappers, Foster Lawrence, took the ransom money. We followed him, hoping to get to the kid, only we lost him. By the time we found him again, the money was missing and the kid was nowhere to be found. We were all down and out, certain that we'd blown any chance of getting that kid back alive, when she up and appears wandering around a shopping center in a pair of pajamas and dragging her blanket behind her. Talk about a high!"

Trey couldn't quit thinking of the Olivia he'd known. As a teenager, she'd been so pretty and self-assured. Even though they'd all known her history, it had never occurred to him to think of her as a toddler, lost and frightened and wondering what had happened to her world. Had she seen her parents murdered? Did she remember any of that now?

"So what does that skeleton up at Texoma have to do with Olivia Sealy?" Trey asked.

"One of the defining factors in identifying the kidnapped baby was the fact that she'd had two thumbs on her left hand ... a trait that all the Sealy family supposedly share."

Trey shook his head. "But Olivia didn't have -"

"I understand that they all have the extra digit removed once it's obvious which one is dominant. Even the old man, Marcus Sealy, has a small scar to prove it."



Continues...


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Bloodlines 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome Book Over the years I have read a few of Dinah McCall's books and have found my self so engrossed in the books that I read every chance I get. This book definately does not disappoint. After reading many of her books, I did have the ending figured out but even though I had to finish the book to make sure I was write. I loved all the characters in the book, they seemed like they could be the person next door. If you get a chance read this book.
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twilighfan More than 1 year ago
oh well for me this book become part of my favourite list!!! it's a real page turner and made me still in conscious at 4:00 o'clock in the morning!!! love the characters and the twist of the story a real page turner!!! love it and of course the romance between the characters and i love the thriller suspence!!! recomended for all the book lover who loves reading romance thriller just like me :p
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Totally different than anything else she has written. Kept me wondering how it would end. Glad I read it it will keep me reading her stuff
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually don't read but i just started getting into reading again...i'm only 21 years old so it's hard to get into some of the books that are out there today...this was the first book i picked up to read and i'm glad i did but now nothing can live up to it...the suspence kept me going and i didn't want to put it down...i think i finished the book in 2 days..and that's very hard to do with 2 small children running around...it was wonderful...i felt like i was there with the characters and was going threw what they were going threw...keep writing these wonderful books...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of this author (whatever name she uses). Although, this book to me was a disappointment. The plot was thin and the characters were week.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot because it kept you wondering and that is one thing i enjoy about books. I think she is an excellent author and an inspiration to those whose dream is to become a writer. I give this book two thumbs up! Please keep your great books coming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A waste of time. The dialogue was not captivating, the romance was corny, and the vocabulary was bland. The characters were just two-dimensional. I felt as if I was reading a cliché soap opera. In the first three-fourths of the book there was no suspense. Nothing happened, at least nothing that made me want to read the book. McCall kept recounting events and describing the characters feelings over and over again. Which might have been okay if they had actually changed. It was like being was stuck in a loop in time. Reading the reviews I thought this book was really interesting -but it really wasn't. I honestly feel stupid for reading it. So, save yourself the embarrassment and humiliation. Don¿t read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
not one of her best. Ms. McCall is a gifted writer but this is just not one of her greatest. her books usually keep me turning the page and finishing her novels in less than two or three days. this was not that great, but it was enjoyable at some points.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I thought it was amazing. It was my first book by her and I definitely can't wait to read more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First book I've read by Dinah McCall. I think it was a wonderful plot and well told. This is absolutely the best book I've read all year!! I look forward to more from her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A most unusual storyline - sometimes difficult to keep characters identified. I will always read and recommend a book authored by Dinah McCall!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was too goody goody and had far too many details. The book could have been cut at least 50 pages. The idea of the story was good but it was never developed properly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When past sins are uncovered, literally, a 25 year old secret and present truths threaten to shatter one family's fragile happiness. As an infant, Olivia Sealy was kidnapped. Though she was recovered safely, that event casts a lingering shadow on her life that comes to the light when a couple finds a suitcase with a baby buried inside it in their basement walls. Like Olivia before surgery to correct the problem, the child has an extra thumb and tests show that she is the same age as Olivia. Was the wrong baby returned? Is Olivia truly who she and all who love her think? All these questions become more than troubling rhetoric when a murderer seeks revenge. To keep Olvia safe, a man who once loved her must find out what really happened so long ago. ........................ **** With twists and turns worthy of Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes, Ms. McCall has gifted her readers with a thrilling mystery. Even without the romantic element, it would be a strong story as she keeps one step ahead of her audience in revealing the truth. ****
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this one, a woman, Olivia Sealy, was kidnapped as a 2yr. old child, but returned. However in the process the kidnappers killed her parents, so she is raised by her grandfather who she's very close to, very devoted to.........25yrs. after the kidnapping a body is found. A child's body, inside a suitcase. The child appears to have a strange anomaly, a third thumb. And because Olivia's family also has this strange 3rd thumb when they are born(removed later) The baby is immediately linked to Olivia and the wealthy Sealy family. Also, to make things even stranger, the baby appears to have been killed 25yrs ago. Now the question seems to be, is the baby really the kidnapped Olivia Sealy, and the Olivia that has been reared under the watchful eye of her grandfather really a fake that the kidnappers claimed to be Olivia?......... Or is the baby some other, perhaps an illigetimate baby of the Sealy clan?.........Questions abound, and Trey, the detective on the case, is determined to get the answers. What no one knows however, is that Olivia and Trey once had a hot and heavy relationship back in high school. They were sweethearts once, and Olivia broke his heart when she was told by her grandfather to stop seeing Trey or else. She did as she was told, but she broke her own heart as well as Trey's when she walked out of his life.............Now, he has to keep her safe, find the answers to the puzzle of Olivia's identity, and try and keep his hands to himself in the process-- which is damned hard, because Olivia as a young teen was pretty, but Olivia as a woman, is sexy as hell............See what I mean about this woman's writing?!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twenty-five years ago someone kidnapped two year old Olivia Sealy after murdering the child¿s parents. Her grieving wealthy grandfather Marcus hears nothing after dropping off the ransom money. However, two months later, Olivia is found at a mall; the police arrest Foster Lawrence, who picked up the ransom money. He spent the next twenty-fives years behind bars, but has just been freed. --- In Lake Texoma, Texas retiree Marshall Baldwin works on renovating a cottage he just bought when he drops a sledge hammer on the floorboard, which leads him to a hidden suitcase. Inside is the remains of a two year child buried for twenty-five years and having the second thumb that is a genetic trademark of all Sealys. Dallas homicide detective Trey Bonney investigates the toddler murder although Olivia was his high school girlfriend who dumped him. Olivia, who had the two thumbs, turns to him to help her learn the truth as to whether she is the real granddaughter and if not who is she. --- Readers will ponder until the end whether Olivia or the corpse in the suitcase is Marcus¿ granddaughter and who the one is that is not as both have the genetic trademark though Olivia¿s residual thumb was surgically removed once the dominant digit was affirmed. Though the climax seems too pat, this story line combines a strong police procedural, a fine second chance romance, and an identity mystery into a powerful thriller that will garner Dinah McCall new readers.--- Harriet Klausner