When Martin, a drug-addicted bisexual man, is found stabbed to death in a crack-house, Isabel re-lives their affair and how it led to her descent into near-madness.
Their history unfolds in Isabel’s diaries and letters, which gradually reveal the extent of Martin’s cruelty to her. While considering their affair in the light of his murder, she is forced to ask herself why she, attractive, still young, and a successful lawyer, put up with his abuse.
Isabel realizes that although she is broad-minded and well-read, she is not equipped to understand the evil of which Martin is capable. Nor, she comes to understand, were the other lovers who endured similar treatment from him, some of them her friends and acquaintances.
Is one of them responsible for his murder? Or was his death simply a random killing by a fellow-addict, as the police appear to believe?
This isn't a hook. This is a run down of the plot. And a tepid one at that.