As we reach the end of the novel, the plot gets more and more interesting.
Lola goes to Rome to find her father’s nurse, and she finds him in a terrible place, and thanks to the money that Jean Marc has give him, she manages to convince him to speak on her behalf at the trial and tell the truth. Lola has to rush to New York, as the attorney general office has been alerted that she has skipped bail, which means she can face incarceration. So she goes to find Neils in Lake Como, and he helps her out. On the private plane back to New York, they have another passionate moment, and this time they talk a little. Neils is embarrassed because of the way he behaves around Lola. They don’t speak about feelings, but I have the hunch that Lola is starting to like Neils more than she would like to. She gets jealous of the lovers Neils mentions, and he thinks that he doesn’t feel anything for her but despise, and that is why he loses control with her, because she doesn’t mean anything to him. I have the suspicion that this is not true, and Neils feels more than he is ready to let on.
Shortly after she arrives, the trial starts. Things don’t go well for her, especially when she has to confess she skipped bail. Patricia, Jean Marc’s transsexual drug-dealer, who swore revenge confesses that she offered her services to Carin, and it was her in disguise that Lola saw during her trip in Italy. So knowing that she has no way to avoid this, she confesses at the trial, and she has to remain in remand. Besides, something unexpected takes place and everybody learns that Joe, the nurse, has been murdered, so at first it is thought that without his testimony Lola can’t be judged, but the judge and the attorney agree that his previous testimony will be read. Things aren’t going well for Lola at all, especially when the attorney hints that during her trip in Italy Lola might have arranged for Joe to be murdered. Her lawyer is pessimistic and thinks that she should accept a deal of fifteen years if she confesses to the crime. Yet, Lola won’t hear of it; she can’t confess to killing her father when she didn’t do it. I still think that the evidence against Lola is too weak. Some fingerprints on the syringe, which doesn’t mean anything: She was in the room and she could have touched the syringe and the vial without any evil intentions; and then the nurse’s testimony, which is just his word against hers. Why should his word be believed above Lola’s? And he didn’t even say he saw her handle the syringe and phial; he simply said that he went out of the room for a bit and when he returned, Ben Fitzgerald was worse. And when Lola speaks, she states that she believes her stepmother killed her father and tried to frame her, so why don’t they believe her?
I think Lola and her lawyers are missing a point here. Patricia told Lola that the house where her stepmother lives is full of cameras, and that is why they knew Lawrence had taken Joe’s address and Carin had her followed. What they have to do is have an order so that they can retrieve the tapes and see what happened that day in Ben Fitzgerald’s room. I don’t know if Carin might have switched off the camera that day or if she destroyed the tape. I think the key is there.