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ಪ Best new ᗧ Slow Burn: A Novel  ೄ Book Author Julie Garwood ೦ ಪ Best new ᗧ Slow Burn: A Novel ೄ Book Author Julie Garwood ೦ Chapter One The crusty old man was going to cause an uproar, and he was only sorry he wouldnt be around to watch it He was about to pull the rug out from under his useless relatives, and oh, were they going to take a tumble But it was high time someone in this miserable family righted a terrible wrong, high time indeed While he waited for the equipment to be set up, he cleared the clutter from his desk His gnarled fingers stroked the smooth wood with as much tenderness and care as he had once given his mistresses when he touched them The desk was old and scarred and as worn out as he was He had made his fortune in this very room With his phone glued to his ear, he had worked one lucrative deal after another How many companies had he purchased in the past thirty years How many had he destroyed He stopped himself from daydreaming about his many victories Now wasnt the time He crossed the room to the bar and poured himself a glass of water from the crystal decanter one of his business associates had given him years ago After he took a sip, he carried the glass to the desk and placed it on a coaster near the corner He looked around the paneled library and decided it was too dark for the cameras, so he rushed to turn on all the table lights Are you ready he asked, impatience brimming in his tone Pulling the chair out, he sat down, smoothed his hair, and adjusted his suit jacket so the collar wouldnt stand up He tugged on his tie as if that would loosen the tightness in his throat Im going to prepare my thoughts now, he said, his voice raspy from years of barking orders and smoking his cherished Cuban cigars He wanted a cigar now There werent any in the house, though Hed given up the habit ten years ago, but every once in a while when he was nervous he would get a sudden longing for one At the moment he was not only nervous but also a little fearful, which was an odd, almost unfamiliar, feeling for him He was desperate to do the right thing before he died, which would be soon now, very soon He owed at least that much to the MacKenna name The old fashioned video camera with a VHS tape was positioned on a tripod facing the old man The digital camera was being held up directly behind the video camera, and the eye was also focused on him He looked beyond the cameras I know you think digital is enough, and youre probably right, but I still like the old way with the videotape I dont trust those discs, and so the videotape will be my backup You nod, he instructed, when everythings turned on, and Ill begin He picked up his glass, took a drink, and put it down The pills those aggravating doctors forced on him made his mouth dry A few seconds later, all was ready, and he began My name is Compton Thomas MacKenna This is not my last will and testament because Ive already taken care of all that I changed my will some time ago The original is in my safe deposit box a copy is in my file at the law firm I have employed for the past twenty years, and there is also another copy, which I assure you will rear its ugly head if for any reason the original and the attorneys copy are misplaced or destroyed I didnt tell any of you about the new will or about the changes I made because I didnt want to spend my last months being harassed, but now that the doctors have assured me the end is approaching and there is nothing they can do, I want no, I need, he corrected, to explain why I have done what Ive done though Im not sure any of you will understand or care Im going to start my explanation with a brief history of the MacKenna family My parents were born, raised, and buried in the Highlands of Scotland My father owned quite a bit of land quite a bit, he repeated He paused to clear his throat and take another drink of water before continuing When he died, the land came to my older brother, Robert Duncan the second, and to me equally Robert and I traveled to the United States to complete our education, and both of us decided to stay Years later Robert sold me his share of the land With his inheritance, that made him a very wealthy man, and it made me the sole heir to the property called Glen MacKenna I never married I had neither the time nor the inclination Robert married a woman I didnt approve of, but unlike my brother, I didnt threaten or carry on because he chose someone I didnt like Her name was Caroline a social climber She obviously married Robert for his money She certainly never loved him She did do her duty though and gave him two sons, Robert Duncan the third and Conal Thomas And now to the heart of this history lesson When my nephew Conal chose to marry a woman without social standing, his father disowned him Robert had chosen someone elsea woman from an influential familyand he was outraged that his wishes were being ignored Conals wife, Leah, was no better than a street beggar, but Conal didnt seem to care about the money he would lose He let out a huff of disgust and said, All Robert had left was his firstborn, a real yes man who did whatever he was told to do Over the years I lost track of Conal, he continued Too busy, he added as an excuse All I knew was that hed moved to Silver Springs just outside of Charleston But then I got word that hed been killed in a car accident I knew my brother wouldnt go to the funeral but I went Not so much from a sense of obligation, I admit I guess I was curious to see how Conal made out I didnt tell Leah or anyone I was there Kept my distance The church was packed with mourners I even went to the cemetery and saw Leah with her three little girls, the youngest no than a baby He stopped as though envisioning the scene Not wanting to betray any hint of emotion that might cross his faded eyes, he looked away from the camera for a second He straightened in his chair and resumed I saw what I went there to see The MacKenna line would continue through Conals children though it was a pity there werent any boys As for my brothers other son Robert the third he indulged him taught him to be useless He didnt allow him to have ambition, and in return my brother lived long enough to watch his firstborn drink himself into an early grave The sin of excess has been passed down to the next generation I have watched Roberts grandsons squander their inheritance and, even worse, defile the MacKenna name Bryce, the oldest, is following in his fathers footsteps He married a good woman, Vanessa, but she couldnt save him from his vices Like his father, hes a drunk He has sold all of his stocks and cashed in his bonds and has gone through every dollar He spent a good deal on alcohol and women, and only God knows what he did with the rest And then theres Roger Hes been the most elusive disappearing for weeks at a timebut it didnt take my sources long to track him down and find out what hes been up to It appears Roger has turned to gambling for his amusement According to the reports, last year alone he lost over four hundred thousand Four hundred thousand The old man shook his head and continued as though the words left a foul taste Whats worse, hes been dealing with mobsters like Johnny Jackman Just having the MacKenna name associated with a thug like Jackman makes my stomach turn Ewan, the youngest, cant or wont control his temper If it were not for his high priced and very clever attorneys, he would be in prison now Two years ago he nearly beat a man to death I am disgusted with all of them They are useless men who have contributed nothing to this world The old man pulled a handkerchief from his pocket and dabbed at his brow When those worthless doctors told me I would be here for only a few months, I decided to take stock He turned and opened the side drawer and withdrew a thick black folder He opened it in the center of the desk and stacked his hands on top of it Ive had an investigator do some checking for me I wanted to know how Conals children turned out I must admit I had low expectations I assumed, after Conals death, Leah and her girls would have been living hand to mouth I also assumed none of them would have gone beyond high school if that I was wrong on both counts There was enough of a settlement from the insurance company after Conals accident that Leah could stay in their house with the children She took a secretarial position at a girls private school The pay was meagerI dont suppose Leah was capable of much but there was a trade off All three of her daughters attended the private lower school and upper school, their tuition waived He nodded approval and said, Conal evidently had taught her the value of a proper education He glanced over the report in the folder It seems that all three of them are hard workers Not a slacker among them, he added with emphasis The oldest, Kiera, received a full scholarship to a good university and graduated with honors She received another scholarship to medical school and is doing exceptionally well The middle girl, Kate, is the entrepreneur in the family She, too, received a full scholarship to one of the finest universities in the east and also graduated with honors She started a business while she was still in school, and today her company is growing and on its way to being very successful He looked back at the camera It appears she is most like me Isabel, the youngest, is certainly intelligent as well, but her true talent is her voice I understand she is quite gifted He tapped the report with his index finger Isabel plans to study music and history at the university, and it is her desire to one day go to Scotland to meet her distant relatives He nodded This news pleases me considerably And now to the changes in my will The corners of his mouth lifted slightly in an almost imperceptible, devious smile It faded as he continued Bryce and Roger and Ewan will each receive one hundred thousand dollars in cash immediately It is my hope that the money will be spent on rehabilitation, but I doubt that will happen Vanessa will also receive one hundred thousand, and she will get this house She deserves at least that much for having put up with Bryce these past years She has brought respect to the MacKenna name through her work with charities and the art community, so I dont see any sense in punishing her for her choice of husbands Now to the other MacKennas Ive signed over all my treasury bonds to Kiera The maturity dates are outlined in the will Isabel, a history buff like me, will receive Glen MacKenna There are stipulations that go along with it, of course, and she will be apprised of these in due time This is all they are to receive from me, but I believe I have been than generous His breathing became labored and he stopped to take another drink of water, emptying the glass before he finished speaking Finally, to the bulk of my estate, my assets calculated to be worth eighty million dollars This is the accumulation of my lifes work and it will be passed on to my blood relations, but Ill be damned if Ill just hand it over to my depraved nephews, and so it will go to Kate MacKenna She is the most driven of the whole lot and, like me, knows the value of money If she chooses this legacy, its all hers I trust that she will not squander it.One of bestseller Garwoods biggest strengths is her marvelous sense of dialogue and humor When jumping into one of her incomparable romantic thrillers, all you can do is hang on for the wild ride Romantic TimesA fantastic and exciting romantic thriller Best Reviews Slow Burn Leon Neyfakh s podcast on Watergate, Bill On Slow Burn, excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history finds surprising parallels to present Urban Dictionary Burn At first Ned liked think his new girlfriend was popular, but as that progressed flirty, then widely available even when right there, he began do a slow burn about it finding her topless in kitchen at party last straw Define Dictionary Slowly increasing anger It is often put burn, meaning gradually grow angrier, I did kept me waiting for three hours The this idiom comes from up sense make furious term cited RadioPublic Episodes Produced by Slate Kacey Musgraves Lyrics AZLyrics song Kacey Born hurry, always late Haven t been early since Texas hot, can be cold Grandma cried A ASH Clinical News A Wednesday, August , In our July issue, News Associate Editor Keith Stewart, MBChB, MBA, walked us through valiant efforts step away clinical research enterprise recognizing cynicism apathy dreaded burnout, moment broke resolve lead trial Introducing WatergateKILA Subscribe Apple Podcasts One day end April Richard Nixon stood porch Camp David told John Ehrlichman wanted die Genius Lyrics pierced my nose Good glass, good green you re Listen Demand Free TuneIn presents RFK Tapes, series creators Crimetown takes look assassination Robert F Kennedy episode, how man who encouraged run 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    • Slow Burn: A Novel
    • 4.2
    • 460
    • Format Kindle
    • 368 pages
    • Julie Garwood
    • Anglais
    • 20 November 2017

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