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Oliver in Bronze

by Mason McCann Smith


Copyright 2012

Smashwords Edition






Oliver in Bronze


by Mason McCann Smith



Chapter 1

Gabe Holahan paused inside the café’s door, brushed the snow from his beard, glanced over the diners at the counter, scanned the families in their booths.

“Forget something, sweetie?” The hostess’s face was weathered, as if the Mojave wind had turned her into some kind of desert plant. Her blood-red nails drummed the glass over a display of candy, gum, and locally-made gingerbread.

“Did you see who’s driving that Mercedes?” Gabe gestured over his shoulder toward the parking lot. “Brand new, black, tinted windows.” He had formed a mental image of the sort of person who would be driving a car like that. No one in the coffee shop quite seemed to fit. “Someone passing through, I’d guess.”

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