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In such erotic thrillers as In Fidelity and Lip Service, acclaimed author M. J. Rose took readers to the darkest edges of desire. Now, in her most riveting novel yet, she leads us across the fine line separating passion and obsession, mercy and murder.

In a New York courtroom, a woman stands accused of a controversial crime. Genny Haviland, thirty-eight, is said to have drugged and suffocated legendary painter George Gabriel. For two decades the tempestuous Gabriel has challenged audiences with his wild work. And in the end, the prosecution claims, he alienated the woman he first seduced, then enslaved — enough to cause his own death at her hands.

Yet in Genny?s mind there rests another story, one that started twenty years before . . . one in which a college girl on summer break met an older, attractive artist?and began a forbidden affair she would never forget, a shadowy, sensual union in which she was more helpless and more powerful than she would ever imagine. Then the discovery of a shocking secret blew it all apart: Genny?s father was Jonathan Haviland, the renowned gallery owner who could make or break Gabriel?s career.

Now Genny contends she was only easing her old lover to a painless death, allowing him to escape the awful illness that was slowly eroding his sanity and self. But is that the whole truth? Or was Gabriel indeed killed — but for far more sordid reasons, from a motive driven by scandal and the threat of financial ruin? How much would Genny do for the man she professed to love, or for the father who has always loomed darkly in the background of her life?

Peopled with complex and fascinating characters, and capturing the essence of two different and decadent decades, here is the most impressive achievement of an up-and-coming author. In this irresistible novel, M. J. Rose creates a world where love doesn?t last and fame is fleeting . . . but desire never ends.

Review:

"This absorbing and obsessive tale focuses on Genevieve Haviland... This well-written book contains sex, mystery, adultery, and a lesbian love scene in a free-flowing story." Library Journal

Review:

"Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers in the Ruth Rendell vein will find Rose's tale absorbing, especially the multitextured account of Genny's complex relationships with men and the glimpse of cutthroat dealings among gallery owners." Barbara Bibel, Booklist

Synopsis:

From an author who takes readers to the darkest edges of desire-a sexy, seductive novel that crosses the fine line between passion and desire, mercy and murder.

Synopsis:

In such erotic thrillers as In Fidelity and Lip Service, acclaimed author M. J. Rose took readers to the darkest edges of desire. Now, in her most riveting novel yet, she leads us across the fine line separating passion and obsession, mercy and murder.

In a New York courtroom, a woman stands accused of a controversial crime. Genny Haviland, thirty-eight, is said to have drugged and suffocated legendary painter George Gabriel. For two decades the tempestuous Gabriel has challenged audiences with his wild work. And in the end, the prosecution claims, he alienated the woman he first seduced, then enslaved--enough to cause his own death at her hands.

Yet in Genny's mind there rests another story, one that started twenty years before . . . one in which a college girl on summer break met an older, attractive artist--and began a forbidden affair she would never forget, a shadowy, sensual union in which she was more helpless and more powerful than she would ever imagine. Then the discovery of a shocking secret blew it all apart: Genny's father was Jonathan Haviland, the renowned gallery owner who could make or break Gabriel's career.

Now Genny contends she was only easing her old lover to a painless death, allowing him to escape the awful illness that was slowly eroding his sanity and self. But is that the whole truth? Or was Gabriel indeed killed--but for far more sordid reasons, from a motive driven by scandal and the threat of financial ruin? How much would Genny do for the man she professed to love, or for the father who has always loomed darkly in the background of her life?

Peopled with complex and fascinating characters, and capturing the essence of two different anddecadent decades, here is the most impressive achievement of an up-and-coming author. In this irresistible novel, M. J. Rose creates a world where love doesn't last and fame is fleeting . . . but desire never ends.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

M. J. Rose is the author of five novels: Lip Service, In Fidelity, Sheet Music, Flesh Tones, and The Halo Effect (July 2004), the first in a new psychological suspense series featuring New York City sex therapist Dr. Morgan Snow. Rose has also written two nonfiction books: How to Publish and Promote Online and Buzz Your Book. Her work has been published in Pages Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Susie Bright's Best American Erotica, Wired.com, The Vestal Review, Salon and more.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345451057
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Author:
Rose, M. J.
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
Suspense
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.98x5.72x.88 in. .84 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Erotica » General
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Suspense

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Product details 320 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345451057 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This absorbing and obsessive tale focuses on Genevieve Haviland... This well-written book contains sex, mystery, adultery, and a lesbian love scene in a free-flowing story."
"Review" by , "Readers who enjoy psychological thrillers in the Ruth Rendell vein will find Rose's tale absorbing, especially the multitextured account of Genny's complex relationships with men and the glimpse of cutthroat dealings among gallery owners."
"Synopsis" by , From an author who takes readers to the darkest edges of desire-a sexy, seductive novel that crosses the fine line between passion and desire, mercy and murder.
"Synopsis" by , In such erotic thrillers as In Fidelity and Lip Service, acclaimed author M. J. Rose took readers to the darkest edges of desire. Now, in her most riveting novel yet, she leads us across the fine line separating passion and obsession, mercy and murder.

In a New York courtroom, a woman stands accused of a controversial crime. Genny Haviland, thirty-eight, is said to have drugged and suffocated legendary painter George Gabriel. For two decades the tempestuous Gabriel has challenged audiences with his wild work. And in the end, the prosecution claims, he alienated the woman he first seduced, then enslaved--enough to cause his own death at her hands.

Yet in Genny's mind there rests another story, one that started twenty years before . . . one in which a college girl on summer break met an older, attractive artist--and began a forbidden affair she would never forget, a shadowy, sensual union in which she was more helpless and more powerful than she would ever imagine. Then the discovery of a shocking secret blew it all apart: Genny's father was Jonathan Haviland, the renowned gallery owner who could make or break Gabriel's career.

Now Genny contends she was only easing her old lover to a painless death, allowing him to escape the awful illness that was slowly eroding his sanity and self. But is that the whole truth? Or was Gabriel indeed killed--but for far more sordid reasons, from a motive driven by scandal and the threat of financial ruin? How much would Genny do for the man she professed to love, or for the father who has always loomed darkly in the background of her life?

Peopled with complex and fascinating characters, and capturing the essence of two different anddecadent decades, here is the most impressive achievement of an up-and-coming author. In this irresistible novel, M. J. Rose creates a world where love doesn't last and fame is fleeting . . . but desire never ends.

From the Hardcover edition.

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