Hallie Ephron has written her third novel of suspense, "There Was an Old Woman." (William Morrow, 293 pages)
Long before the tragedy of September 11th, New York was home to another horrible collision between an airplane and a skyscraper. On one fateful and foggy Saturday morning in 1945, a B-25 bomber slammed into the north side of the Empire State building.
Ephron uses the tragedy of 1945 as a backdrop for her latest novel.
Evie Ferrante and her colleagues at the Five Burroughs Historical Society are trying to salvage the engine of the B-25 from the basement of the Empire State Building.
Ferrante receives a call from her sister informing her that their alcoholic
mother has been hospitalized. Returning to her mother's old house near Long Island Sound, Ferrante is not surprised to find the home in a dilapidated state.
But though the house is a pig sty, she is surprised to find expensive liquor and a new high definition television. Even more worrisome is the stash of one hundred dollar bills she finds in the house.
Evie Ferrante visits the elderly neighbor next door, Mina Yetner, who is having mishaps. Are the accidents the inevitable problems of aging or something more sinister? Evie Ferrante is determined to find out what is happening in the old neighborhood on Long Island Sound.
Ephron treats her reader to interesting tidbits of New York's history and a clever plot in her latest work, "There Was an Old Woman."