In the original version of the book, Isidore had a sister. Cody Kennedy talks about her removal from the book in his post today. This omitted scene is when Isidore learns about Marie (he didn’t know he had a sister).
“Thank you for your willingness to hear us out, Madam Ambassador de Quirke,” Detective Bowman said formally.
“Listening costs nothing. Agreeing is another matter,” she said with a strained smile.
Declan saw dark circles under her usually bright eyes and her skin was paler than usual. You know what they’re going to ask you, don’t you, Mum? Of course you do.
“Let’s hear it,” Sorcha said as lightly as her exhaustion would allow.
Detective Bowman cleared his throat and began. “As you know, Bobby has isolated a person of interest in our cases. I say cases because this person appears in multiple photographs involving Declan, Isidore, Mason, Ethan and Caleb and Caleb has been able to identify this person as the man in the tree house. Isidore also asked us to look into Comtesse François’s other children. We did and we found her to have five other children, four boys and one girl. We located three of the sons at a chateau in northern France. According to U.S. immigration records, the fourth son entered the U.S. approximately six months ago. We have no location on him. The daughter, who is mentally challenged, has lived in a very upscale home for girls in London for the past twenty years. Interestingly, she left that home approximately six months ago and no one knows where she is.” Detective Bowman gestured to Jack. “Mr. Sutton, why don’t you continue?”
“Isidore, you asked us to check into the financial affairs of your father under the auspice that it would lead us to certain elements of his behavior. We are in the process of doing so but our investigation is far from complete. Your father has a number of personal and business dealings throughout the world and it is understood that his affairs are complex. During investigations such as these, we often learn things by what is missing from the records. One of the things we found missing was evidence of support for the daughter’s care.”
“My father is her father? I have a sister?”
Everyone sat in silence as Isidore sat dumbfounded. Declan watched Isidore intently, uncertain how he would react. “Are you okay, mo chroí?”
Isidore nodded slowly. “Please continue, Attaché Sutton.”
Jack leaned forward. “We then turned to Comtesse François’s records and found that she did not fund the daughter’s care either. We then went to the home itself and were surprised to learn that the young lady, whose name is Marie, was cared for and supported by your mother.”
“My mother?” Isidore asked, aghast.
“According to the headmistress of the home, Comtesse François wanted nothing to do with the girl from the time she was diagnosed as mentally deficient. Your mother took Marie as her own and raised her for the first five years of her life until such time as your father insisted she be removed from your home because your mother was expecting your birth.”
Isidore’s eyes went wide and he covered his gaping mouth with a hand.
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It is my privilege and great delight to be one of the stops on the tour for Cody Kennedy’s wonderful book, Slaying Isidore’s Dragons. My print copy is on its way! Looking forward to when I can sit down and savor every beautiful phrase and vivid imagery this author does so well. Cody Kennedy not only tells a wonderful story, he pulls us right in, engages all our senses until our heart is bursting with pain and joy, eyes brimming with tears of anguish and happiness. And then the quivering breath at the end, the story finished, leaving our soul filled with hope. Cody’s books are always haunting, with characters who take us on a journey of pain and love, hope and healing. Can’t wait to start on this one!
About Slaying Isidore’s Dragons
Follow the burgeoning love of two teens during the worst year of their lives. Irish-born Declan David de Quirke II is the son of two ambassadors, one Irish and one American. He is ‘out’ to his parents but to no one else. French-born Jean Isidore de Sauveterre is also the son of two ambassadors, one Catalan and one Parisian. His four half brothers have been told to cure him of his homosexuality. Both teens have lost a parent in a London car bombing.
5 Weeks of hell
4 Attempts on their lives
3 Law enforcement agencies
2 Dead high school seniors
1 Jealous friend
A love that won’t be denied
Declan and Isidore meet at the beginning of their senior year at a private academy in the United States. Declan is immediately smitten with Isidore and becomes his knight in shining armor. Isidore wants to keep what is left of his sanity and needs Declan’s love to do it. One is beaten, one is drugged, one is nearly raped, one has been raped. They are harassed by professors and police, and have fights at school, but none of it compares to running for their lives. When the headmaster’s popular son attempts suicide and someone tries to assassinate Declan’s mother, they are thrown headlong into chaos, betrayal, conspiracy, allegations of sexual coercion, even murder. And one of them carries a secret that may get them killed.
5 New family members
2 Extraordinary Psychologists
1 Courageous Mother
A new beginning for two young men in love
About Cody Kennedy
Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Cody doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
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