When history professor Jill Bowman learns of her husband’s murder in a seedy motel room, she knows he had no business being there. Not the serious, sincere psychiatrist Peter Freytag — the man she’d known so intimately.
Enveloped in grief, Jill struggles to piece together seemingly impossible events, and slowly she learns Peter’s secrets. But Jill discovers dark parts of herself as well… secrets she’d never known she was keeping.
Piano player and Polish émigré Jerzy Wozzack brought his family to Paris to escape Communist rule and discover new opportunities for prosperity and freedom. But now they’re scrounging along the edge of poverty, stuck in an unwelcoming city that drains Jerzy’s self-respect and cultural identity. Hope shines bright, though, when a fellow émigré offers him an in on a high-paying job delivering anonymous packages to anonymous recipients. Jerzy leaps at the chance and quickly finds himself flush with cash — but snared in the drug-smuggling schemes of a sadistic crime lord and his seductive assistant. Even as Jerzy struggles to break free from their clutches, the heady whirl of sex, drugs, and riches sucks him deeper into Paris’s debauched underworld, where a massive turf war is brewing and the only escape is death.
Nick Copeland is an ad man. Correction: was an ad man. He’s been living the pretty-good life, but somewhere under the mountain of bills is buried whatever happiness he had. Nick Copeland is an ad man. Correction: was an ad man. He’s been living the pretty-good life, but somewhere under the mountain of bills is buried whatever happiness he had. Desperate, Nick looks for work at a job fair, but instead reconnects with an old college friend who’s in it even deeper.
When mystery novelist David Reid marries his British editor, Kate, they seem perfectly matched. But soon Kate spirals into a deep sadness and, within two years, leaves.Just as the shock of her absence sets in, David gets word that Kate has been struck and killed by a subway train. Was her death an accident? A suicide? A murder?A tortured soul, David becomes obsessed with the works of Johannes Vermeer and, as he tries to uncover the truth about his wife, becomes fixated on two of the Dutch master’s paintings featuring beautiful, unknowable women.The more David learns, the less he wants to know — especially when he discovers Kate had been having an affair. Soon he finds himself entangled in a web of deception and betrayal, and facing the chilling question: How much do we really know about those we love?
The son of Russian expatriates, London-based writer Alex Ostroff longs to publish a masterpiece. But his manuscripts find only rejection - as does Alex himself when London’s literary set unceremoniously toss him from a party. Heeding the advice of his exasperated agent, Alex finally writes about his own experiences. As he mines his childhood for inspiration, he becomes obsessed with finding the truth about his parents.
In this modern-day Orpheus tale, one man descends into Paris’s hellish underworld to find his missing wife — and learn the dark secrets of her past. Adam Füst thought he knew his wife, Honnie. But when he begins investigating her sudden disappearance, he’s shocked to find so much of her a mystery. In order to find Honnie, Adam must enter the darkest shadows of the City of Lights. Paris’s sex shops, dark streets, and the people who inhabit them simultaneously repel Adam and draw him deeper, giving him a painfully clear look into Honnie’s past — and his own soul. Adam’s grief eventually gives way to his obsession with finding Honnie, taking his very sanity to the breaking point. Will learning the truth about Honnie push him over the edge?