By Dominick Dunne
They have been the relations with every little thing. cash. impact. Glamour. energy. the ability to halt a police research in its tracks. the ability to spin a narrative, concoct a lie, and think it was once the reality. the ability to homicide with no guilt, with no disgrace, and with out ever paying the associated fee. They have been the Bradleys, America's royalty. yet an intruder refuses to play his half. And now, the day of reckoning has arrived.
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She was becoming pretty. I noticed for the first time how much she resembled Constant. As always, she talked nonstop. "I hope you're not disappointed it's me here to meet you and not Constant. He's in one of his moods," explained Kitt. She took off her glasses and placed them on top of her head. It was a gesture she had copied from Maureen. "Friday night's Weegie Somerset's coming-out party, and he wasn't invited. None of us were. Not that I would have been anyway, I'm too young. If you could have heard my father on the subject!
I'm out of my mind. My husband is out of town. " asked Grace, confused. "Luanne Utley. Mrs. Raymond Utley. My husband is the new president of Veblen Aircraft. " "Yes? " "Why would you think she'd be here? It's two o'clock in the morning. " "I don't think my son was at a dance, Mrs. Utley. " "Please. Would you look, Mrs. Bradley? I'm sorry to bother you. I know it's a terrible hour to call anyone. Winifred said she'd be home at ten-thirty. She's never late. Ever. I am worried about her. Could you put your son on the phone?
At her bedroom door, she turned back to me and saw me watching her. "Don't tell Mary Pat and Kitt about this. " She went into her bedroom. * * * * * I looked out the window. Constant's Porsche was in front of the garage, where I had parked. I quickly pulled on my trousers and a sweater and a pair of loafers. I went down the hallway as quietly as possible and down the stairway. At the entrance to the living room, I cleared my throat as loudly as possible to warn them if they were in the act of making love.