Roger, a well-known tv actor on the soap Babylon Revisited, meets Denise on vacation in Nassau. Denise manages the dolphin show for the resort, but is, in fact, a frustrated actress. Roger says he will find work for her on TV. The novel flows in three parts:
Part One: Keely (played by Denise) has a sister who is murdered in Babylon Revisited in a highly unusual manner. Roger (playing Armand, a private eye) will uncover the murderer whose exceptional use of a dog bearing a virus makes the murder happen.
Part Two: Roger (playing Benjamin) and Denise star in a full-length play heading for Broadway called Wars of Independence. Denise plays the role of Marcella, a student at the college where Roger is teaching. They fall in love and after a rather torturous relationship, marry. Marcella cheats on Benjamin. Benjamin, incensed and brooding, plans revenge and finds a way to pay back his unfaithful spouse in a most unusual, brutal manner.
Part Three: Roger and Denise have a rocky personal relationship outside of their work. Intimacy is an issue for Roger. Can they succeed despite this impediment?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ernest Pick was born in Prague. He emigrated to the United States as a boy, studied at the University of Pennsylvania (as well as a year at the University of London), went on to take a doctorate in French after studying at the University of Bordeaux, then Nancy. He taught at Lake Erie College, became director of their mandatory study abroad program, was hired to direct the international programs of the 34 colleges and universities in the State of Georgia System, and subsequently taught also at Georgia Perimeter College.
He is married, lives in Atlanta, and has a daughter, Elisabeth, who lives in Ohio. He has been writing plays, poetry and an occasional novel throughout his lifetime. He often wonders whether he is living in a parallel universe.
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