By Paul Griner
(Picador, Paperback, 9780312271909, 192pp.)
Publication Date: February 2001
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At a wedding for a childhood friend, young-professional Jean Duprez, strong, self-confident but with a dark past, meets the magnetic, charming and aloof Steven Cain. The two begin an intense, obsessive affair. After an enticing afternoon on Steven's sailboat, Steven shuts a car door on Jean's hand. Intentionally? Unsure, and unable to resist Steven's charms, Jean remains fascinated. As the novel spirals to its final, shocking conclusion, we can only watch with horror and curiosity as Jean becomes ensared in Steven's sinister designs.
Paul Griner is the author of the acclaimed story collection Follow Me. He lives with his family in Louisville, Kentucky, where he is an associate professor of English at the University of Louisville.
"Slim and stark...,Doing for the America WASP what Ian McEwan has done for the Brits, Griner unearths the horror of everyday life in all its seductive and sickening fascination."--The San Francisco Chronicle
"This suspenseful novel is at once delicate and bizarre in its portrait of obsession...surprisingly haunting."--The New Yorker
"Superb...Psychologically erudite, stylistically cool and impeccable, Griner's little book provides a genuinely frightening and suspenseful brief journey into the mesmerizing territory between obsession, desire, and the wish to be loved."--Greg Burkman, The Seattle Times