Date: February 2003
Reviewed: Audio Cassette (Also available in Hardcover and
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Notes: Explicit Sex, Violence, Language
This thriller is about Charles Schine,
an ad exec who works in a New York ad agency. He is married and
has a daughter with severe juvenile diabetes. The doctors have already
told him and his wife, Deanna, that Anna probably won't live to
adulthood. She is now thirteen and, this morning, the numbers on
her glucometer are much too high. She makes Charles miss his 8:43
train, so he takes the 9:05. There he meets the gorgeous Lucinda,
who is also married.
they are meeting for lunch, then drinks, then Charles invites her
to go to a hotel. She picks the seedy Fairfax, and they meet for
sex. As they open the door to leave, they are ambushed by a Hispanic
man who breaks Charles' nose and rapes Lucinda several times. He
robs them and leaves them alive because both have promised not to
go to the police. Indeed, they don't dare tell anyone what happened.
and Lucinda don't see each other again for a while. Then, the thief
begins to blackmail Charles, and he pays up to protect Lucinda.
But he has to rob "Anna's fund" for the money. Then he
loses his job. How will he cope?
I reviewed James Seigel's first book, Epitaph, I felt he
was a writer to be watched. I am pleased to say I was right. His
second book is a marked improvement over the first and, I hope,
a harbinger of a stellar future. Epitaph took you for an
interesting spin, but Derailed will take you for a ride you
will never forget.