The Napa and other valleys north of San Francisco Bay are the settings for these two novellas by Carl F. Heintze. ___ In Crush Charles Henry, a San Jose newspaper reporter, is enlisted by Gina Cefalu, a wealthy Napa Valley widow and former high school classmate, to try and find her missing son who has mysteriously vanished from his home and his marriage without leaving a message. Henry agrees, but only after Gina has awakened the feeble flame of their former romance. - - Henry's search proceeds through the Napa Valley and beyond with visits to the missing man's brother, estranged from his mother, the brother's wife, with hints from Esperanza, a woman who works at he Home Vineyard, the winery Gina has inherited from her husband. Along the way are surprises and twists and turns before the end of the search. ___ Heat is about another valley and another time long ago. A boy, Charles, perhaps Charles Henry, is working picking windfall peaches for his Uncle Will. The ranch lies at the edge of wild lands on which deer and even mountain lions range. A fire threatens the ranch and its crop, requiring of Charles and Uncle Will swift and difficult actions.
|Book:||Crush & Heat: Two Stories Of The Napa Valley|
|Author:||Carl F. Heintze|
|Number of Pages:||212|
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