MARCH 12, 1992
Party till you drop, man!
Every time i think back to everything that happened, it’s that expression, that silly early-eighties cliché, that first comes to mind.
It was actually the first thing we heard when we arrived in Key west to start the last spring break of our college careers. As we were checking into our hotel, a very hairy and even drunker middle-aged man wearing goggles and an orange Speedo screamed, “Party till you drop, man!” as he ran, soaking wet, through the lobby.
From that hilariously random moment on, for the rest of our vacation it was our mantra, our boast, our dare to one another. my boyfriend at one point seriously suggested we should all get “Party till you drop, man!” tattoos.
Because we thought it was a joke.
It turned out to be a prophecy.
It actually happened.
First we partied.
Then someone dropped.
It happened on the last day. Our last afternoon found us just as the previous afternoons had, giddily hungover, lazily finishing up burgers under one of our hotel beach bar’s umbrellas.
Under the table, my boyfriend Alex’s bare foot was hooked around mine as his finger played with the string of my yellow bikini top. the Cars’ classic song “touch and Go” was playing softly from the outdoor speakers as we watched an aging biker with a black leather vest and braided gray hair play catch with his dog off the bar’s sun-bleached dock. We laughed every time the collie in the red bandanna head-butted the wet tennis ball before belly flopping into the shallow blue waves.
As the huffing, drenched collie paddled back to shore, a stiff breeze off the water began jingling the bar’s hanging glasses like wind chimes. Listening to the unexpected musical sound, i sighed as a long, steady hit of vacation nirvana swept through me. For a tingling moment, everything —the coolness under the Jägermeister umbrella, the almost pulsating white sand of the beach, the blue-green water of the Gulf —became sharper, brighter, more vivid.
When Alex slipped his hand into mine, all the wonderful memories of how we fell in love freshman year played through my mind. The first nervous eye contact across the cavernous Geology classroom. the first time he haltingly asked me out. The first time we kissed.
As I squeezed his hand back, I thought how lucky we were to have found each other, how good we were together, how bright our future looked.
Then it happened.
The beginning of the end of my life.
Our wiry Australian waitress, Maggie, who was clearing the table, smiled as she raised an eyebrow. Then she casually asked what would turn out to be the most important yes-or-no question of my life.
“You motley mob need anything else?” she said in her terrific Aussie accent.
Excerpted from the book Now You See Her by James Patterson. Copyright © 2011 by James Patterson. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY. All rights reserved.
In her heart, Jeanine Fournier has always known the lie couldn’t be sustained. Eighteen years earlier she was the happy, pregnant wife of a handsome Key West police officer. But Jeanine’s world was shattered when she learned that her perfect husband harbored a chilling secret that left her no choice but to change her identity and go on the run. On her desperate escape route, she was nearly captured by a cunning serial killer.
Now the day of reckoning has arrived for the successful New York lawyer and single mother known to all as Nina Bloom. The notorious Jump Killer is awaiting execution and Nina, given the task of mounting a last-minute defense, is the only one who knows—beyond a shadow of a doubt—that he’s innocent. Now Nina must return to Florida to confront the evil she fled. But will risking everything, including her life, be enough to save a man’s soul—and her own?
Now You See Her is another no-holds-barred thrill ride from the incomparable James Patterson, the only author to have had a record-breaking 63 novels appear on the New York Times bestseller list. Here comes number 64 as we follow Nina/Jeanine down a road to redemption filled with hair-raising twists and dizzying turns.
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Publisher: Hachette Book Group, USA ( June 27, 2011 )
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