Innocence can kill. Even the wide-eyed, openhearted innocence of an eighteen-year-old girl seeking a mother's love.
That was all Phyllis Bingham was looking for when she penetrated into the anti-septic precincts of Franklin House, located in Connecticut, where her mother had been a “guest” for fourteen years. Eunice Sloane Carroll became a mental case a year after her second marriage.
But Phyllis wanted to know why her stepfather, Norman Carroll, had been so careful to prevent her from ever visiting Franklin House. Was it just to protect her young sensibilities?
There were other questions of a sharp financial nature and these brought tough-minded Jeff DiMarco, claims adjustor, into the case.
There was an answer to the questions put by innocence and experience. The answer began with quiet violence.