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Ike Goldman, the smart and gentle 78-year-old retired law professor who is the heart of the novel, is probably a version of Fast's current self--a veteran of all kinds of political and social wars who has opted for a quieter life of non-involvement. When he spots a woman about to jump from the George Washington Bridge late one night, he stops almost automatically to talk her out of it "because I've opened that door myself a hundred times..." But he knows that you can't really save a life that easily. What he's not prepared for is falling in love with a woman 30 years younger than him.
Elizabeth Hopper, the depressed and abused former wife of a crooked Wall Street wheeler dealer, is equally surprised and delighted by her growing love for Ike. They overcome differences in age and religion and plan a wedding. Then, six weeks after they meet, Elizabeth's ex-husband is found shot to death. A note written in lipstick matches her own brand; the gun used in the crime belongs to Ike, missing after a robbery. Goldman recruits one of his former students to defend Elizabeth, but as evidence of her apparent guilt accumulates his own doubts increase. We share those doubts, even though in our hearts we know that Howard Fast the novelist is too shrewd to let Ike Goldman live out his remaining years without the woman he loves. --Dick Adler
While I've enjoyed several of Howard Fast's works, and this one was no exception, I only gave it four stars because it fell a little flat. Read morePublished 14 months ago by John Conner
I read this book in one sitting. I liked all the characters, especially the saucy Sarah, who ultimately "saves" Elizabeth Hopper from a prison sentence. Read morePublished on January 5, 2000 by Terry Mathews
This writer is coasting on his reputation. Where was his editor? Repetition and lack of imagination fill every page. Read morePublished on October 20, 1999