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By Mary McGarry Morris

Readers and critics were enchanted by means of Mary McGarry Morris’s unforgettable characters and masterly use of suspense in her 4 prior novels, together with the bestselling Songs in traditional Time. In her most up-to-date travel de strength, Gordon Loomis returns to a replaced global after twenty-five years in felony. His previous local is blighted by means of drug buyers; his brother is raring to aid yet is simply too stuck up in his personal lifestyles; his dependable buddy Delores makes him observe that he’s simply as frightened of relationships as he's of going again to prison; and his inherent decency attracts the eye of a hungry baby whose survival threatens the delicate stability that's Gordon’s freedom.

Compelling and taut, suspenseful and compassionate, A gap within the Universe will proceed to resonate lengthy after the final web page is turned.

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All the way back, Dennis tried to contain his anger. He reminded himself of what Lisa kept saying: that Gordon shouldn’t be rushed; he would have to be coaxed from his numbness, eased into everyday life. But she hadn’t known Gordon as a kid. He’d always been like this: thickly, maddeningly stubborn, to the point of oafishness, always being picked on, never fighting back or protesting, never telling anyone or even taking a different route to school to avoid their taunts, instead just plodding along as if it weren’t really happening, as if he didn’t care.

His face reddened with the limp graze of her slender palm. He lowered his eyes to keep from staring at her face. She said her name. Jamison. Then something about Brown. Who was Brown? He tried to follow her rushed explanation, then saw the bullnecked man in the corner. Mr. Brown would be just sitting in on the interview, a kind of monitoring process, that was all. She seemed extremely anxious that he understand this. Gordon nodded. “I see. ” He wondered how old she was. Or how young. He had no idea, no frame of reference for women.

Her long, squared fingernails were purple with yellow stripes painted through them. Everything glistened—her hair, face, teeth—but with a jangly sparkle that made her seem silly and oddly sad. No sooner had he hung up the phone with Dennis than she was ringing the doorbell again. He was tiptoeing up the stairs when he thought of the long drive to Fortley. It was especially hard in winter along winding, mountain roads, as Dennis had told him often enough, though Delores had never complained. Once Dennis and Lisa had children, they couldn’t come as often.

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