Cover illustration: Ed Tadiello

Cover design : Cindy Kiple


Dedication:

For George,

who dove for

Jesse’s gold





Chapter One



The incessant short white line blinked on the deep blue screen. Lynda Dawn Austin wrinkled her forehead and chewed on her tongue in irritation.

Joaquin Estában! Benton can’t ‘nod and smile’ every time he talks.

Good story, but when would this writer ever find another way to set off his dialogue? “He nods,” “she nods,” “he smiles,” “she smiles.”

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