Page Four asks: Which Palm Springs party girl has been caught canoodling with an out-of-town "Adam"? Eve Caruso keeps her finger on the pulse of Palm Springs and reports every spicy celebrity tidbit to her loyal readers. She knows everyone in this town -- except that mysterious hunk who just strolled into the exclusive spa where she's conferring with hot new starlet Jemima Cargill.
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April 30, 2006
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Excerpt from The Care and Feeding of Unmarried Men by Christie Ridgway
"Leader of the Pack"
"A" side, single (1964)
The rain was pouring down on the Palm Springs desert in biblical proportions the night he stalked into the spa's small bar. He was a big man, tall, brawny, the harsh planes of his face unsoftened by his wet, dark hair. Clint Eastwood minus forty years and plus forty pounds of pure muscle. Water dripped from the hem of his ankle-length black slicker to puddle on the polished marble floor beside his reptilian-skinned cowboy boots.
She flashed on one of the lessons her father had drilled into her. A girl as beautiful as you and with a name like yours should always be on guard for the snake in Paradise.
And as the stranger took another step forward, Eve Caruso heard a distinctive hiss.
The sound had come from her, though, the hiss of a quick, indrawn breath, because the big man put every one of her instincts on alert. But she'd also been taught at the school of Never Showing Fear, so she pressed her damp palms against the thighs of her tight white jeans, then scooted around the bar.
"Can I help you?" she asked, positioning her body between him and the lone figure seated on the eighth and last stool.