By Dominick Dunne
They have been the kinfolk with every thing. cash. impression. Glamour. energy. the facility to halt a police research in its tracks. the ability to spin a narrative, concoct a lie, and think it used to be the reality. the facility to homicide with out 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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Certainly your father didn't tell you that," I said. "No. " "Career girl. My father likes career girls. " Most of the talk was about Maureen's wedding. It was to be the first time that Mary Pat and Kitt would be bridesmaids. Constant was in a good mood, entertaining his sisters, even teasing the waitress, who refused to serve him wine because he was underage. "My father lets me have wine at home, Ursula," he said to the waitress. Constant always remembered the names of the help. "Then you better go home to your father," she replied.
Two nights later Constant, Mary Pat, Kitt, and I had dinner at The Country Club. It was the girls' last night before they returned to the convent. Grace and Jerry attended a political fundraiser in the downtown part of the city. Gerald had gone to New York "on business," as Constant always said with a wink when he thought his father was with one of his lady friends. "He's got a new one. Eloise Brazen," he said. "Certainly your father didn't tell you that," I said. "No. " "Career girl.
She thought of Gerald in New York on business. She thought of Sandro in Washington. She thought of Maureen in Chicago with Freddy. " said Grace Bradley, at the same time making the sign of the cross. "Mrs. Bradley? This is Luanne Utley. I'm terribly sorry to bother you at this hour. I'm looking for my daughter, Winifred Utley. She was supposed to be home at ten-thirty, and she hasn't come home. I'm out of my mind. My husband is out of town. " asked Grace, confused. "Luanne Utley. Mrs. Raymond Utley.