By Mary Stewart

Vanessa March by no means inspiration to appear for her lacking husband in Vienna -- till she observed him in a newsreelshot there on the scene of a perilous hearth. yet her hunt for solutions in basic terms results in extra sinister questionsin a mysterious international of lovely horses.

And what waits for Vanessa within the shadowsis extra terrifying thananything she has ever encountered.

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This one was of a girl on a grey pony. It was an oldish print, fading a bit, and in the girl, plump and fair and sitting solidly in the saddle, I was a bit startled to recognize Carmel. " Nothing that her son had told me up to now- and he had poured out a good deal about the Lacy menage which I was sure Carmel would prefer me not to have heard- nothing had led me to expect the enthusiasm with which Timothy now held out his mother's photograph. " "Pretty old when that was taken. About fifteen. " "The tail.

You travel out to farms, and handle the animals, and you learn to make your own diagnoses, use X rays, assist operations-the lot. " "He's employed by Pan-European Chemicals. , but it's getting on that way. Lewis is in the sales department. He's planning to change over now to another branch, because his job takes him abroad too much-he used not to mind, but we hardly seem to have seen each other since we were married. " He sat quiet for a moment, riffling through the remaining photographs in his hands.

The more than conscious drama which was creeping into Carmel's conversation had dispelled any pity which I might have been feeling for her and centered it firmly on Timothy. And I was wondering more than ever just where I came in. She had surely not telephoned me so urgently just because she needed an audience; she had her own devoted bridge set, with whom, doubtless, all this had already been gone over; moreover, she had managed to make it clear already that she didn't expect either sympathy or understanding from anyone of my generation.

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