Blurb: When eighteen year old mail order bride Anna Tonkov came to the U.S. from Russian, little did the blonde beauty know, that the man she married and who swore to love and protect her, wanted her dead. When Anna’s parents cannot contact their daughter, they begin an odyssey of finding the truth, and bringing their daughter’s killer to justice. This story is about persons from different cultures having the same goal-solving a murder and bringing closure to a family.
Excerpt: That according to Detective Blat, the marriage was a farce. From her investigation of the couple, within a year of the marriage, cracks developed. Anna took a part-time job as a hostess for a local restaurant. That was where Anna met Vida and her group of Russian friends.
Lionel King insisted he did not mind Anna working outside the home. He claimed he wanted his wife to enjoy her youth and experience some forms of freedom. He did though, insist she stay faithful to him, and keep her promise of having a child within the next year. According to Lionel, Anna agreed to obey his wishes, saying, “I did trust her.”
Vida disagreed with Lionel’s claim of trusting Anna. She claimed Anna called Lionel possessive, even to the point of videotaping her in the shower, and dressing. Vida also said, Anna confided in her saying she did not want a baby right away, like Lionel did. “She wanted to go to college and get education.”
Anna’s parents encouraged their daughter to further her education. According to Mrs. Tonkov, Anna was highly intelligent, and could accomplish any goal she set, but Lionel watched her like a hawk, and did not trust her.
Lionel King claimed he trusted Anna until she proved unfaithful. He claimed Anna went to Las Vegas with a Russian man she met through her Russian friends. He went to Las Vegas and brought Anna back, then made her quit her job at the restaurant, saying, “It was destroying our marriage.”
Anna wrote her parents of Lionel’s increasing jealousy and domination over her, and his resentment of her Russian friends. According to Mrs. Tonkov, she and her husband informed Anna she could return to their home, but said Anna insisted on remaining in America, where she was preparing for college.
After Ann’s affair in Las Vegas, recalled Mr. King, she came up with an agreement that we would spend fifteen minutes a day with one another. During that time, we could do anything-talk or have sex. It was her idea, he said, because she did want the marriage to work, saying, “We were happy.”
The idea of spending fifteen-minutes a day with each other, was not Anna’s idea said Vida. According to her, Anna said it was Lionel’s idea, with Vida telling Anna she was crazy to agree with such a ludicrous agreement, because all Lionel wanted was sex.
“He never wanted just conversation,” said Vida. “Anna was his possession. His prize.”
Author Bio: JoAnne is a cross genre author. She also canvas paints and writes song lyrics. She has 7 other books coming soon. JoAnne believes in family values and following your dreams. Her website is www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com