In Ruby Milk, A Boston Social Worker Looks for Love… and a Killer
When social worker Penny Wade meets her new client, Dani Martin, she thinks her job is to help the sixteen-year-old cope with her mother’s sudden death. But Dani raises some troubling questions about how Anita Martin died.
The police call it an accidental death. After all, people die from anaphylaxis every day. Dani is convinced her mother was murdered. Where was her always-handy EpiPen? Who was with Anita when she ate a pastry contaminated with nuts?
When a second murder victim turns up, Penny risks her life to uncover the disturbing truth about Dani’s family, whose illicit connections reach from the back alleys of Boston’s art world to the underworld of India’s gem trade.
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The gurney hit a raised section of sidewalk and a covered body bounced off. A collective gasp and one short, high-pitched cry rose from the small crowd gathered on the street. One of the emergency crew, a guy with an unkempt 2013 Red Sox Nation beard, caught the body and slid it back onto the gurney.
“Don’t they strap ’em down?” I asked. I looked around and found I was talking to no one. The only people on the street were the group of bystanders waiting near an ambulance a few buildings from where I’d stopped.
Lights from the emergency vehicles flashed in the gray evening and bounced off brick and stone apartment buildings.
I only stood there a minute. The cold rose right through the soles of my ballet flats all the way up my spine. The last time I’d seen a body removed from a house I’d been on the inside looking out.