SOMETHING IN THE SHADOWSIt begins on an upstate country road. Joseph Meaker is following a Mercedes-Benz on his way home when the driver ahead of him swerves suddenly and runs over something in the road. Curious, Joseph stops--and finds his treasured cat, Ishmael, dying in the road. Grief-stricken, all he can ask himself is what kind of person would drive over an animal like this. He tracks the Mercedes to his neighbors, Dr. Louis Hart and his wife Janice. Joseph's wife, Maggie, thinks he should confront the doctor and be done with it. But that isn't Joseph's way. Joseph doesn't intend to get over it - he intends to get even.INTIMATE VICTIMSRobert Bowser had embezzled exactly $100,043.77. He had written the farewell note to his wife and was ready to escape down to Brazil. Unfortunately, young social-wannabe Harvey Plangman finds the note. Plangman had always wanted to be rich, to be accepted into the moneyed world. He saw his chance, and blackmailed Bowser into trading places with him. Bowser moves into Plangman's small campus rooming house, while Plangman settles into an upscale New York apartment. It was the perfect switch - Bowser found himself enjoying the freedom of his new surroundings, and Plangman worked hard at ingratiating himself into his new world. It almost worked.
Used availability for M E Kerr's Something in the Shadows / Intimate Victims
July 2004 : USA Paperback