Synopses & Reviews
Two identical twin sisters - one a sexually repressed defense attorney, the other a former libertine now living a respectable life in suburbia - are about to have their darkest secrets revealed, to the men in their lives and to themselves. As one sister prepares for the thorniest trial of her career and the other fends off ominous advances from a construction worker laboring on the house next door, both find themselves pushed to the edge, and confronted by discoveries about themselves and their lovers that shock and disturb them.
"Straightforward, effective prose distinguishes this two-part crime novel from Wald, author of the erotic classic Meeting the Master. In 'The Man Under the House,' Leda Reeve, whose Broadway career was derailed by a less-than-Stella performance as Blanche Dubois in a revival of A Street Car Named Desire, lands a temporary receptionist job in midtown Manhattan with a small computer-service company, whose owner she ends up marrying. Leda and her husband move to Vancouver, Wash., where they meet handyman Jack Shelby, the cousin of the former owner of their new house. Jack offers to help with odd jobs, but his affability and ubiquity soon turn creepy and lead Leda to reveal parts of her past she has concealed from her spouse. In 'Abel's Cane,' Leda's twin sister, Lillian, a successful New York City defense lawyer, explores her own darker tendencies. Readers interested in sadomasochism will best appreciate this second narrative." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Elissa Wald is the author of MEETING THE MASTER (Grove Press) and HOLDING FIRE (Context Books). Her work has also been published in multiple journals and anthologies, including Beacon Best of 2001, Creative Nonfiction, The Barcelona Review, The Mammoth Book of Erotica, Nerve: Literate Smut, The Ex-Files: New Stories about Old Flames, and Brain, Child Magazine. Previously, she worked as a stripper, ran away to join the circus, and spent a summer working on a Native American reservation.