HER VENEER WAS BIG CITY...
But one look and you knew that her instincts were straight out of the river shack she came from. I watched her as she toyed with the man, laughing, her tumbled hair like raw blue-black silk, her brown shoulders bare. Eyes deep-set, a girl with a gypsy look. So this was the girl I had risked my life to find. This was the girl who was going to lead me to a buried fortune in stolen loot.
A POW in the Korean War, Tal Howard returns to find himself restless. He is haunted by the tale told to him by a friend who didn't make it home: a stolen fortune that was hidden away in the soldier's hometown with the only clue a girl named Cinderella.
Tal decides to leave everything behind and try to find the money. He arrives to discover another POW has the same idea, a man who was feared in camp for his ferocity.
Tal is mistaken by the local law enforcement as an unwanted private investigator, falls in love with a local girl, and needs all the help he can get to find "Cinderella."
This gripping story will keep you on the edge of your seat until MacDonald puts all the pieces in place for a satisfying ending.
A Bullet for Cinderella is one of John D. MacDonald's earlier works, but nonetheless is a brilliant piece of writing.
John D. MacDonald went on to write more than 50 novels and created the fabulous Travis McGee series.