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How well do you really know your best friend?
Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have a friendship forged in shared confidences and long lunches lubricated by expensive wine. Though they’re very different women—the artsy socialite and the struggling suburbanite—they’re each other’s rocks. But even rocks crumble under pressure. Like when Kat’s financier husband, Howard, plunges to his death from the second-floor balcony of their South Florida mansion.
Howard was a jerk, a drunk, a bully and, police say, a murder victim. The questions begin piling up. Like why Kat has suddenly gone dark: no calls, no texts and no chance her wealthy family will let Alice see her. Why investigators are looking so hard in Alice’s direction. Who stands to get hurt next. And who is the cool liar—the masterful manipulator behind it all.
“IT’S SAFE TO say you weren’t a fan of Howard Grant,” Detective Demer said.
“No, I wasn’t,” I agreed. “But then, Howard went out of his way to be unlikable.”
At this, Demer gave me a quizzical look.
“That’s an interesting observation. Why do you think he did that?”
“I’m not sure. His antagonism always seemed pointless. In my experience, it’s almost always easier to get along with people than it is to aggravate them,” I explained.
Oliver let out a snort. I glanced over at her.
“Clearly not your life philosophy, Sergeant,” I said drily.
Demer raised a hand to his mouth, but not before I caught the smile he was trying to cover. Oliver was too busy fixing me with a hostile stare to notice his amusement.
“Do you know who the prime suspect always is in a homicide investigation?” Oliver asked.
“Homicide?” I asked, startled by the word. “You’re investigating Howard’s death as a homicide? Based on what?”
Oliver ignored my question.
“The spouse or partner of the victim is always the prime suspect. Almost always, unless the homicide is committed during the course of another crime, like a robbery,” Oliver said. “And there’s no evidence that the Grants’ house was bur- glarized on the night of Howard Grant’s death. Do you see where I’m going with this?”
Sergeant Oliver didn’t seem to expect an answer, so I didn’t bother giving her one.
“Kat Grant was the only person who benefited from her husband’s death,” she continued.
“That’s ridiculous,” I cut in. “It doesn’t benefit Kat that her husband is dead. She loved him. She’s devastated to have lost him, especially in such a sudden and terrible way.”
“She’s devastated?” Demer asked. He sounded mildly interested. “She told you that?”
“I’ve spoken to her only once since Howard’s death. But, yes, she was very upset.”
“We’ve heard from other witnesses that the Grants’ marriage was on the rocks,” Oliver said.
“Who told you that?” I asked sharply.
Oliver ignored my question. “Their marital net worth is estimated at being somewhere in the neighborhood of sixty- three million dollars. Do you see where I’m going with this? That’s a lot of money. If Howard and Katherine Grant were headed for a divorce, Howard Grant’s death couldn’t have come at a more convenient time for Mrs. Grant.”
I stared at her, momentarily stunned. Sixty-three million dollars? I knew Kat and Howard were wealthy, of course, but I never knew the extent of their wealth. The amount was staggering.
“Let’s go back to the state of the Grants’ marriage.” Demer clearly wanted to get the interview back on track. “You just said that Katherine Grant loved her husband. What do you base that impression on?”
“Don’t most married people love one another, at least to some extent?”
Demer laughed. “In my experience, no, marriage in and of itself is no guarantee of love.”
“As I’ve already told you, I’m not an expert on Kat and Howard’s marriage.”
“But you and Katherine are close friends. You must have had some idea about her state of mind,” the detective persisted.
Margot Hunt is the pseudonym of a bestselling writer of twelve previous novels. Her work has been praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is her first psychological thriller.