By Dominick Dunne
They have been the relatives with every thing. funds. effect. Glamour. strength. the facility to halt a police research in its tracks. the ability to spin a narrative, concoct a lie, and think it used to be the reality. the ability to homicide with no guilt, with out disgrace, and with out ever paying the associated fee. They have been the Bradleys, America's royalty. yet an intruder refuses to play his half. And now, the day of reckoning has arrived.
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We've checked him out, of course, using all of Pa's Chicago connections, and you all know about Pa's Chicago connections," said Constant. The family laughed. "And he passes muster. He is very midwestern, from good people, substantial, which means money, and he is conscious of all the amenities. Ma likes him because he reads his missal at Mass. Pa likes him because, well— " "Now, wait a minute, before you get too graphic, Constant, about what Maureen likes about Freddy. Remember, we have a cardinal here," called down Desmond from his end of the table.
She cleared the busy section by the railroad station and we headed west out Asylum Avenue for the drive toward Scarborough Hill. Kitt never stopped talking. " she asked. "My family is one maiden aunt who talks about missionaries all the time," I replied. " asked Kitt. " I answered. " I blushed. I was always available. "My mother has otts. They're people who are useful and do convenient things. Mother has otts who write the place cards for her but who aren't asked to the party and pretend they don't mind.
Life is too short to drink cheap wine," said Constant, watching my reaction. He disappeared into the kitchen and returned with a third bottle and a corkscrew. Coming into the room, he tripped on a rug. "Don't you think maybe you've had enough, Constant," I said. Mind your own goddamn business," he said sharply. His sapphirelike eyes flashed dangerously. "Don't forget you're only a guest in this house. " I blushed at the brush-off. It was true. I was only a guest, the kind of guest who could not reciprocate the generosity of the host.