The Cordelia Squad

A Novel of Queens, New York

Mary Anne Kelly

Thomas Dunne Books

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“When true love hits,” he used to tell her---like he knew what he was talking about---“you can almost hear it go click.”

That was a laugh.

She’d cried for months, really. Cried when people came to look at the house. Cried at the closing. Cried at the lawyer’s when she’d filed for divorce. Cried, especially, when the children tried to be kind.

Well, it was over. She wasn’t crying anymore.

Divorce has left Claire Breslinsky with two teenagers and very little cash. So maybe it’s rash of her to buy a huge and very dilapidated mansion in Queens. The plan, such as it is, is to somehow magically transform the place into a charming and profitable bed-and-breakfast.

A fire at the Cordelia Inn, Claire’s incipient hostel, brings fear of arson---and a firefighter with an eye for Claire. Then the wealthy contractor threatening Claire’s business offers to rent Claire’s best room. But why?

From Kelly’s first book, Park Lane South, Queens, the events in the life of the Breslinsky family have been followed by readers who feel they are sitting in Mary Breslinsky’s kitchen. The author’s gift for breathing genuine life into her characters is on brilliant display in this stirring portrait of Irish-Polish fortitude.

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Chapter OneTime shall unfold what plighted cunning hides,
Who cover faults, at last with sham derides.—King Lear, act 1, scene 1



The wind! It went with no holds barred. It was like being at sea. She couldn’t keep her eyes open, didn’t know which way to go—the shops or the canyons of redbrick apartments. She didn’t think she could take either. Claire hesitated, discarding east and west. “When true love hits,” he used to tell her—like he knew what he was talking about—“you can almost hear it go click.

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Mary Anne Kelly

Mary Anne Kelly, a former model and lyricist, has lived in Europe and India. She now resides with her husband and son in Rockville Centre, New York.

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The Cordelia Squad
A Novel of Queens, New York
Mary Anne Kelly

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
June 2003
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312310653
ISBN10: 031231065X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$24.95

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
June 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429997843
ISBN10: 1429997842
336 pages
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