`Cary Fagan''s new novel is intense, lyrical, and emotionally
charged. Leon Stone is a man blessed with good fortune -- a wife he
continues to feel passion for, a young daughter, a safe
neighbourhood. But his fear that it will all be taken away from him
appears to be realized when Vasily arrives next door, carrying his
possessions in two garbage bags.
`Despite his better judgment, Leon finds himself drawn to this
self-declared ``immigrant failure,'''' and their involvement
gradually turns more intimate -- and explosive. In the meantime,
Leon''s wife is growing impatient with his ``problem'''' -- a fear
of leaving the house, other than through the imaginative power of
their erotic life. Leon''s past is slowly revealed: how his father
became involved with the mob, as well as Leon''s own criminal past.
The relationships of Leon with his wife, daughter, and with Vasily
move towards their powerful climax.''