The authorUke Jackson, a playwright, novelist, broadcaster, bandleader and musician, was born Stephen DiLauro. His plays have been produced in different theaters in downtown Manhattan. Over the years, he contributed short stories, essays and articles to magazines and newspapers across America, including the Miami Herald Sunday Magazine, NY Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Berkeley Barb, Smithsonian, Travel & Leisure, and others. For many years, his light verse was a frequent feature in the NY Times. For more information on Uke Jackson visit http://www.ukejackson.com/The reviewThis book was gifted to me by the author. From the messages I read by him I knew his use of language could be very challenging and this is found in the book too. The style is very poetic showing that besides writing books this author is a musician too. The story is a very solid whodunit. Till the end you wonder what happens and why. Characters are not always what they seem. In the beginning you start to think the American woman must be important for the story but in the end this does not really come out. Same with a lot of characters that start out as possible important characters. On the other hand the characters I found most important for the story did not start out as very strong characters in the beginning. Therefore it is easy to neglect them while later you wished you did not. Chapter cuts in the book are not always in a logical place. For me as a chapter to chapter reader this was sometimes disturbing. Still a very entertaining read in a surprisingly refreshing style which can be read on either a rainy afternoon or a sunny day in the park.