Triptych

Margit Liesche. Poisoned Pen, $24.95 (330p) ISBN 978-1-46420-180-6
Emotional closure can be more important than vengeance, as shown by this distinctive stand-alone from Liesche (Hollywood Buzz). In 1986, Ildiko Palmay, an American-born daughter of Hungarian immigrants who’s approaching middle age, is driven to resolve the death of her mother who, decades before, fell (or was she pushed?) from a Chicago “L” platform into the path of a train. As Ildiko gathers background information, tentatively begins a new romance, and plans a fact-finding trip to Hungary, it becomes clear that someone close to her wants to make sure that the past’s secrets remain buried. Vivid flashbacks from 1956 Budapest show the experiences of a troubled child and the constant fear of betrayal—by others or even by one’s self—that the dictatorship encourages. That dread is part of Ildiko’s heritage. Her fear is convincing, as is the courage it rouses during her pursuit of her quest. The complex character development makes up for some contrived plotting. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/05/2013
Release date: 10/01/2013
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 250 pages - 978-1-4642-0178-3
Paperback - 250 pages - 978-1-4642-0179-0
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