A Novel - The Drugstore© by RC Marlen
In 1955, John Bartlett realizes that his drugstore and
the neighborhood are going downhill. There is a rash of holdups and burglaries
and then an elderly man is murdered after cashing his Social Security
check in the drugstore. But that is just the beginning. John fears his
daughter is going to be raped by a man who escaped from the police, and
his son Billy is shot by robbers. Not just one bullet; the robber empties
the gun into Billy! Will the boy live? Will they find the shooter? As
if this isn't enough, the police feel that someone in the family or working
in the drugstore is leaking details to the robbers.
Freddie Payne holds up the Marlen's Pharmacy one night while Becky is working. He can't take his eyes off her. She thinks he is cute until he gets rough. In a few days, he is calling and watching her. One minute, Becky is scared of him and, in the next instance, wants to help him. The whole situation explodes at the end of the book.
John Bartlett is a father of five and a pharmacist with
a drugstore located in a declining neighborhood. Through his daily work,
you witness his patient disposition and watch as he passes love and kindness
to all people who walk into his drugstore. John's life changes after one
of his boys is shot in a holdup. He begins to help Detective Frank Wharton
solve the crimes; they think it was a inside job.
Claire Scaglione is a fun loving and determined woman who has been a friend of the Bartlett family for all of Becky's life. She owns the confectionery down the street from the drugstore. Claire fears that her store will be robbed soon and wants to help find who is leaking information about the drugstore to the crooks. She and the detective seem to have eyes for each other.
Detective Frank Wharton is a Lieutenent in the St. Louis Police Department and suspects something bigger than just robberies. He is tall, good looking and smokes cigars. His own smoke must be getting in his eyes because Becky starts seeing clues he knew nothing about. He's impressed and asks for her help in finding the crooks.