from the dustjacket of the 1999 Harcourt Brace first edition
When Ike Goldman, a seventy-eight-year-old retired law professor
at Columbia University, dissuades a much younger woman from
jumping off the George Washington Bridge, he never suspects that
his selfless action will lead to love. Nor does he suspect that
the sensitive and caring woman whom he saved from herself will be
accused of murdering her abusive ex-husband.
Ike cannot believe that Elizabeth
could be capable of such an act, but he has known her for only
six weeks and cannot stop the questions that hound him. Was the
abuse that Elizabeth suffered during her eight-year marriage
enough to drive her to murder? Could Ike's love for her blind him
to a dark side of her personality? Does her refuge in her
Catholic faith mask a dreadful vengeance?
Although sustained by his love for this
woman, Ike must admit to himself if not to Elizabeth
that the evidence points in her direction and nowhere
else. Now he must choose between following his heart, even if it
leads him into complicity in an unfathomable secret, or the loss
of his faith in love.
In the swirling thrust and parry of
Elizabeth's trial, Ike is forced to examine his hopes, his
beliefs, and his love for a woman whose life hangs in the
balance. Howard Fast's newest novel combines the suspense of a
great courtroom drama with a thoughtful examination of love, the
ineffable combination between a man and a woman that trsnscends
all the differences whether of decades or doctrine.