Ballantine, July 2002, 21.95, 304 pp.
Although Genny knew at seventeen that her thirty-seven year old lover was married and had a child, it didn't matter. His intense need for her fed her love for him until it threatened to consume her. When artist Slade Gabriel learns her true age and that she is the daughter of the gallery owner where he exhibits his paintings, his discovery makes the decision to return to his wife and child that much easier.
Genny's love turned to hate and then to indifference. She got married and divorced, made a successful career as a producer, winning two Emmys in her career. During that time Gabriel becomes a legend in his own time, his paintings selling for $200,000 and more.
Twenty years later Genny is reunited with Gabriel when a freak accident puts him and her father in a hospital. Their passion reignites and they have one grand and glorious year together before Genny goes on trial for his murder. Numb from the pain, she is almost unable to defend herself on the assisted suicide story her lawyer is trying to convince the jury is true.
FLESH TONES is an erotic and haunting love story about a man and a woman who have a connection that transcends age, society and morality. Told in the first person narrative within the framework of a murder trial, author M.J. Rose uses the flashback technique smoothly so there is no disruption of the prime plot line. Once started, this novel will prove impossible to put down until the reader reaches the end.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner