Synopses & Reviews
Bitten by one of the snakes she is studying, Virginia Lee, an accomplished herpetologist, drives herself to the hospital, carrying a decaying antidote and using her pantyhose as a tourniquet to slow the poison's path in her bloodstream. Through the hideous traffic of L.A., she must reach her lover Terry McKechnie, who works as an emergency-room physician. Her hope and faith is in him, even as it has been withdrawn from her husband, Terry's college friend. After her arrival, Virginia desperately needs transfusions of her rare blood type-and only an explosive criminal-at-large with whom Terry has already clashed can save her life. In this "absolutely bewitching" (Jonathan Harr) novel, Craig Nova brings us into the moral morass of contemporary America, gripping us with the beauty of his exacting prose and the suspense of his riveting emotional drama. "I wouldn't delay reading a novel of Nova's, not even to complete one of my own."--John Irving "Craig Nova is a fine writer, one of our best, and if you haven't read him, the loss is yours."--Jonathan Yardley, (1997 Critic's Choice) "As skilled a piece of storytelling as Mr. Nova has yet pulled off."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt,
Bitten by one of the snakes she is studying, Virginia Lee, an accomplished herpetologist, finds that the only one who can save her life is an explosive criminal-at-large. Nova brings us into the moral morass of contemporary America, gripping us with the beauty of his exacting prose and the suspense of this riveting emotional drama.
"In the hands of this accomplished novelist, a love story becomes a thriller as a Los Angeles doctor tries to save a woman by tracking down the criminal psychopath who shares her rare blood type."--
About the Author
Craig Nova's previous novels include Tornado Alley, Trombone, and The Book of Dreams. He lives in Vermont.