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Anders, Ava Montgomery  

Appears in Strangers in Death; (Tuesday, March 18, 2060 – Saturday, March 22, 2060)[1]

====Personal Information====
*General Description: According to Roarke, she is attractive and well-spoken.[2]
*DOB: 2008
*Age: 52
*Hair: Blond
*Eyes: Blue (deep blue)
*Address: Park Avenue, New York City, New York
*Relationships: Thomas A. Anders (husband), Benedict Forrest (nephew), Reginald Anders (father-in-law)
*Occupation: Goodwill Ambassador of Anders Worldwide

====Description====
*A slim body with blond hair pulled severely back from a face of high planes.[3]
*Fine bones, sharply defined features, and a statuesque build.[4]

====Personality====
*“… one of the type who don’t notice who opens the door for her ‘cause she expects somebody to.  On the snooty side, but not bitchy or anything.”[5]
*According to Ava, Anders wanted to experiment more in bed but she wasn’t comfortable and, as such, they agreed to have their needs met by professionals outside the home.  She claimed she suspected her husband might have been bringing women into their home.[6]
*Charles Monroe, when asked about was she was after and if she was inhibited, said she liked to be tended to, very traditional, and maybe a bit self-involved.[7]
*According to Dallas, Ava is smart, a planner, calculating, and vain.[8]
*Leopold Walsh described her as studied, deliberate, and cold; there’s a pettiness about her.  He finds her ruthless, under a veneer of sophistication – she didn’t love her husband.[9]
*Ava does not have a personal aide/assistant; she uses volunteers or other staff, some from the women’s program.[10]
*Eve said Ava reminded her of Magdelana; Roarke noted that they’re both users, manipulators, with a wholly selfish core polished over with sophistication and style.[11]
*She’s good at planning but crappy at thinking on her feet.[12]

====History====
*Born in Portland, Oregon, upper-middle class all the way; her parents are divorced with one living in Portland, one living in Chicago – both remarried.[13]
*Married to Dirk Bronson in 2032, ended in divorce in 2035 (no offspring).[14]
*Earned degrees in business and public relations from Brown (on scholarship) which she put to use as the public relations representative for Anders Worldwide in Chicago.  She transferred to the New York office in 2041 and married Anders in 2044.[15]
*Ava charged household purchases (personal expenses) to her program budget, taking the money from the organizations from which she works.  Reginald called her on it[16]; according to Edmond Luce, Reginald Anders was very fond of Ava.[17]

====Homicide Information====
*Murdered Reginald Anders and set it up to look like a fall in the shower.[18]
*Murdered Ned Custer with a single deep slash across his throat, then cut off his penis.[19]
*Ava followed Ned for a few nights and studied his habits and routines.  She picked Ned up in a bar and went to the flop where she went to the bathroom and dressed in a suit like what doctors wear.  She told Ned to turn around and close his eyes and, when he did, she came up behind him and cut his throat.  Cutting off his penis was a symbol.[20]
*Conspirator for the murder of her husband, Thomas Anders.[21]

====Interesting Facts====
*Only Thomas Anders, Ava Anders, and Greta Horowitz had the security codes to the house; the codes are changed every ten days.[22]  The Anderses had lived in their Park Avenue home for fifteen years; Ava did the decorating (Anders called their home “Ava’s Palace”).[23]
*When Thomas Anders was murdered, she was in St. Lucia with her friends (Brigit Plowder and Sasha Bride-West) for their annual trip.[24]
*After being notified of her husband’s death, it was several hours before Ava contacted Ben Forrest to tell him of his uncle’s death.[25]
*She and her husband have been involved in charity work.  Anders sponsors sports camps for underprivileged children while Ava beats the drum for funding (she serves on the board of Everybody Plays and is chairman of Moms, Too).[26]
*She’s worth about ten millions dollars and made regular bimonthly payments, going back eighteen months, to Charles Monroe (who came recommended by Sasha).[27]  Her first appointment with Charles was at the Blackmore Hotel; Charles said that, sexually, she responded easily.[28]
*When Thomas Anders died, his fifty-five percent of the shares in the company would be divided between Ava and Benedict (fifteen percent to Ava).  Previously, Ava had held two percent.[29]
*About the murders of Ned Custer and Thomas Anders, and the relationship between Ava and Suzanne Custer, Roarke was reminded of Hitchcock’s film Strangers on a Train.  The plot involves two strangers who meet who both want to be rid of someone in their life; one man would murder the other man’s target and vice versa.  As there is no connection between the men, there would be no reason to suspect the murderer in either case.[30]
*Mr. Isaacs recognized Ava Anders from a photo and identified her as the woman who approached Suzanne a few days after Ned Custer was murdered.[31]


==== References ====
  1. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 2
  2. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 26
  3. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 12
  4. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 179
  5. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 77
  6. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 84
  7. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 89
  8. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 99, 134
  9. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 152, 154
  10. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 242
  11. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 278, 279
  12. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 355
  13. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 36, 143
  14. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 36
  15. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 36, 37
  16. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 153
  17. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 160
  18. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 240, 349
  19. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 34, 35, 145
  20. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 314, 315
  21. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 353
  22. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 10
  23. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 13, 108
  24. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 10, 80
  25. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 22, 23
  26. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 26, 37
  27. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 37, 60, 83, 85
  28. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 88, 214
  29. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 154
  30. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), pp. 280, 281
  31. Strangers in Death (ISBN 978-0-399-15470-6), p. 330



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