from the dustjacket of the Harcourt first edition
IN THE COMFORTABLE CONFINES of Greenwich,
Connecticut, live some of the wealthiest and most sophisticated
Americans. When eight of them sit down to dinner at the home of
Richard Castle, a story of deception, infidelity, and murder
unfolds, powered by a richly intriguing cast of characters.
Castle, former Assistant Secretary for
Latin American Affairs, permitted, if not directed, the murder of
three Catholic nuns and a lay worker in El Salvador in 1980. Now,
State Department complicity in these murders has become public
knowledge, and Castle may well be called before Congress to
testify. While he cannot be certain that his former colleagues
intend to silence him, he knows how they do business. And he
knows how silence is ensured.
Against the background of Castle's
deeply secret drama, the stories of the other seven guests
Castle's wife, a Catholic priest, a nun, a linguistics professor
and his wife, a successful novelist, and a woman who may be
having an affair with Castle become a portrait of
arrogance and innocence, brutality and compassion in America
today. Each becomes a thread dark, light, or a shade in
between in a carpet of intricate design, and as Howard Fast
weaves them together, they embody the interdependence of human
life and human guilt and the eternal work of redemption.