One of those more than pleasant surprises

May 10, 2014 by A. Devlin on | 4.0 out of 5 stars

I bought this book as one of my initial purchases from the Fussy Librarian discounted ebook service and was very pleased. Not that one can truly put a value on an artistic endeavor but at . 99 this one is a no brainer. It’s the story of K, a middle age freelance translator and part-time jazz wind player who answers the siren’s call of his long standing submissive BDSM tendencies and the effect that has on his life. The siren that lures him to the rocks is his Egyptian Princess, a dominatrix with a particularly alluring photograph that he becomes fixated on. The effect this woman has on him and his relationships, friendships, and even where he lives forms the basis of this compelling character study. I loved Mr. Clark’s dialogue and especially his understanding of jazz. Where the novel slowed down for me was some of the passages dedicated to K Man’s inner thoughts read a little long for me but that is truly a very minor complaint. A final note. For those either seeking or put off by the BDSM theme be warned that although it is integral to the story it never overwhelms it. This is at heart a well written character study about a man and his obsession.

Wayne is a Montreal based writer, editor and translator.

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