Parallelogram (Paladin Books)

 
9780586087572: Parallelogram (Paladin Books)

After six-year-old Noel and his baby sister Alicia watch their father, overwhelmed by depression, kill their mother and then kill himself, the two orphans, having grown up to attain success and prestige, again confront terror and violence

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This ambitious novel charts the course of two groups of people during a Christmas holiday in Manhattan. Physician Noel Train, his sister Alicia and their friends are attractive, intelligent and socially privileged. Their holiday celebration includes gourmet dinners and champagne and suites at the Carlyle. Val and Corey are junkiesstreet toughs looking for an easy mark. When circumstances bring them together with Noel and his colleague Willoughby, who is also Alicia's new lover, the results are tragic. Caplan is a thoughtful and elegant writer, but in attempting to deal sympathetically with these two conflicting worlds he tries to cover too much ground. The book is social commentary from the viewpoint of the rich and the poor; it is a suspense novel, through the victim's and the criminal's eyes; it is several romances, with attendant passion and jealousy, and it is a tale of old-fashioned medical heroics. There's even a bit of Hollywood glamour thrown in. The result is that characters race across the pages, leaving, for verisimilitude, lists of brand names and quick geneologies, but little of themselves.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The unrelated stories of Noel Train, the 28-year-old pediatric chief resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Valentine Magic, a street hustler in Manhattan, converge violently, but much earlier than readers expect. Noel's colleague, Willoughby, and Val's accomplice, Corey, are left to carry on, the former in pursuit of his lost love (Noel's sister), the latter in paranoid flight from his own guilt. Caplan meets the difficult challenge of developing these two into the main characters by providing both with a rich texture of thought and feeling. So we forgive the skewing of sympathy in favor of the rich and a sometimes too-complex sentence structure. Given the choice between ironic and bloody justice, the author satisfies us in the penultimate chapter, then lets us down in the finale, and what might have been a solider work yields to the temptation of greater commercial appeal. Hugh M. Crane, Cambridge P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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