The Landlady Vanishes

A posh Manhattan mansion's owner is missing, and all eyes turn to a mother and son with a shady past

Irene Silverman, a wealthy 82-year-old widow, was very particular about who rented the eight antique-filled apartments in her swank Manhattan town house. But when 23-year-old Manny Guerin sauntered into her marble lobby in mid-June, she readily handed over the keys to a first-floor flat. Guerin, who dropped the name of a friend of a friend of Silverman's, seemed an ideal fit for her upper-class boardinghouse. Six feet tall with blue eyes and slicked-back blond hair, he was a smooth talker with a Jay Gatsby wardrobe. He tooled around town in a 1997 Lincoln Town Car and paid the first month's rent...

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