By Nevada Barr
Under the frigid waters of Lake more desirable lies a sunken 1927 wreck-the ultimate resting position of its 5 sufferers. but if divers floor with a story of seeing a 6th physique, Anna Pigeon needs to holiday the nice Lake's grip on its icy secrets...
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We knew it wasnt on Denny. How in the hell did he get down there? Anna wondered aloud. Either he put himself there, or somebody else did. Maybe the autopsy will tell us something. If there are tire tracks on his chest or a piece of hot dog lodged in his throat, we can figure somebody else did. In an antique sailor suit, Anna added. In an antique sailor suit. Maybe he borrowed gear, put the costume on, dived, dumped his tanks. Suicide. On his honeymoon? Lucas said nothing and Anna was reminded that the Castles marriage had not been made in heaven but forged from equal parts determination and rebound.
A litter of boulders chewed the waters at their base. Down at waterline, among the rocks, Vega said. Anna saw what he was looking at then: a boulder, smoother, blacker than the others. As she stared at it she realized it was moving ever so slightly, a barely perceptible bobbing with the breath of the lake. Anna ducked into the cabin and borrowed Ralph Pilchers field glasses. Protocol required she hand them to the Chief Ranger and she did so. He took them without comment, his eyes never leaving the shore.
Christina Walters, with her soft white hands, deplorable J-stroke, and antipathy toward pit toilets, carried homeyness with her the way lilacs carried perfume. Anna knew one day she would lose her housemates to a sweetheart. Christina would not be single long. I wish I were gay, she said over Alisons head. Literally over the little girls head, not figuratively. At five Ally was more sophisticated than Anna had been at thirty. Would you marry Ally and me? Christina asked. In a second. No good. Christina laughed, caught a crab with her paddle, and splashed her daughter and Anna.