At 14, Finny “Delphine” Short feels like a misfit around her family. One day as she wanders the countryside behind her home, she encounters an odd boy named Earl. From that chance meeting, an unlikely friendship and an even more unlikely romance blossom between the two. When her parents discover the true nature of her relationship with Earl, Finny is sent away to boarding school. Upon arrival, she is greeted by the formidable hall matron Poplan, a diminutive and practical woman who takes Finny under her care. Finny’s roommate, Judith, is wealthy, worldly though not too wise. Despite their disparate personalities, they immediately form a bond which will last the rest of their lives. Throughout the course of Finny’s life, these three characters serve as catalysts to encourage her as well as providing a sense of stability. This is a well written story of love, loss and living.
takes a much needed Long Island vacation with his 10 adopted children and their nanny, Mary Catherine,
in tow. The springtime romance of Michael and Mary Catherine has blossomed into a summer fling. Just as
the 4th of July of all relationships is about to set off fireworks, a different set of fireworks explodein the city.
A copycat killer is reproducing some of NYC's most sinister past crimes. Bombs are booming. Bodies are
bouncing and it isn't even safe to sit and smooch in a parked car anymore, since Son of Sam Part II is playing at a parking lot near you!
While Michael juggles his vacation and his assignment as chief investigator of the mounting multiple homicides, a couple of local Long Island bullies are beating-up some of the Barrett boys on the beach.
Which lovely lady will Michael choose? Will the Barrett boys survive the beatings? Will the killer be captured
before completing his mission of death? Will Michael survive his daily round-trip drives on the Long Island
Expressway before both he and his vehicle come to a crashing halt?
Patterson once again has written the perfect murder mystery. As the title suggests, every thing comes down to the last stimulating second. Tick tock. Tick tock.