This may be the quintessential Delaware novel, very much in the tradition of the Southern California hardboiled master I admire most – Ross McDonald. L.A. highs and lows, the skin trade, fabulous wealth, shattered intimacy. The past coming back to haunt those who dare ignore it. From time to time, former patients get in touch with me, almost always to tell me how well they’re doing. But the patients you wonder about are the ones who began treatment but never followed through. The cases that felt like failures. In this novel, one of Delaware’s failures appears at his office – a young, beautiful woman whose secrets and ambitions lead to multi-generational tragedy.

 

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