DIAMONDS FOR THE DEAD
Author: Alan Orloff
Published: April 1, 2010 by Midnight Ink
Thirty-four-year-old Josh Handleman's life has taken a recent--sharp--downturn. Two months ago, he'd caught his wife in bed with his business partner, and now his semi-estranged father, "Honest" Abe, has tumbled down the stairs to his death. When Josh returns to his boyhood home in Northern Virginia to bury him, he finds an old Russian Jew named Kassian living in the basement. Things go downhill from there. A $7 million donation to the Reston Hebrew Home, a stepmom-to-be, and a missing diamond collection--bequeathed to Josh--paint a surprising post-mortem portrait of his father. Josh's hunt for the stolen gems leads nowhere; it's as if he's opening a never-ending set of Russian nesting dolls. After a close family friend accuses Kassian of killing his father and an intruder breaks in to deliver a shocking message, Josh's burglary theories collapse. Now everyone's a murder suspect, and there's more at stake than a handful of sparkling stones. Throughout it all, Josh struggles to discover the truth--about his father's death, about his friends' loyalties, and about himself and his heritage--no matter whose life he destroys. Even if it's his own.