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Break the Skin by Lee Martin - Excerpt

Break the Skin by Lee Martin - Excerpt

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Laney—a skinny, awkward teenager alone in the world—thinks she’s found a kindred spirit in thirty-five-year-old Delilah. Then the police come to ask Laney questions and she finds herself reconstructing a story of suspense, deceit, and revenge; a story that will haunt her forever.

Seven hundred miles away, in Texas, Miss Baby has the hardened heart of a woman who has been used by men in every possible way, yet she is desperate for true love. When she meets a stranger, a man who claims he can’t remember his real name or his past but who seems gentle and trusting, Miss Baby thinks she may have finally found someone to love, someone who will protect her from the abusive men who fill her past.

But Miss Baby and Laney are connected by a terrible crime, and, bit by bit, the complex web of deceptions and seemingly small misjudgments they’ve each helped to create start to unravel. Action, speculation, and contradiction play off one another as the story is told through their first-person voices, which keep you nervously guessing all the way to the shocking, tragic climax. Break the Skin is expert storyteller Lee Martin at his very best.

To read more about Break the Skin or Lee Martin please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
Laney—a skinny, awkward teenager alone in the world—thinks she’s found a kindred spirit in thirty-five-year-old Delilah. Then the police come to ask Laney questions and she finds herself reconstructing a story of suspense, deceit, and revenge; a story that will haunt her forever.

Seven hundred miles away, in Texas, Miss Baby has the hardened heart of a woman who has been used by men in every possible way, yet she is desperate for true love. When she meets a stranger, a man who claims he can’t remember his real name or his past but who seems gentle and trusting, Miss Baby thinks she may have finally found someone to love, someone who will protect her from the abusive men who fill her past.

But Miss Baby and Laney are connected by a terrible crime, and, bit by bit, the complex web of deceptions and seemingly small misjudgments they’ve each helped to create start to unravel. Action, speculation, and contradiction play off one another as the story is told through their first-person voices, which keep you nervously guessing all the way to the shocking, tragic climax. Break the Skin is expert storyteller Lee Martin at his very best.

To read more about Break the Skin or Lee Martin please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Publish date: Jun 14, 2011
Added to Scribd: May 12, 2011
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reserved

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are theproduct of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actualpersons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.Copyright © 2011 by Lee MartinAll rights reserved.Published in the United States by Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House, Inc., New York.www.crownpublishing.comCROWN and the Crown colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataMartin, Lee, 1955-Break the skin : a novel / Lee Martin. — 1st ed.p. cm.I. Title.PS3563.A724927B74 2011813'.54—dc222011003329ISBN 978-0-307-71675-0 eISBN 978-0-307-71677-4 Printed in the United States of America
 Book design by Lynne Amft Jacket design by Jennifer O’Connor Jacket photograph by Lyn Hughes/Corbis
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