"His first novel is a tale of doomed love set in the Latin Quarter ofParis,
suggestive of La Boheme or the 2001 Moulin Rouge film.
As a first novel it is pretty well done, although characteristically
melodramatic in spots. As I worked on editing and typesetting it I came to like
it very much. There are many vivid scenes that should not be missed: student
painters jammed into the atelier on a hot day, street riots, a fabulous masked ball, the mad street urchin, and the long interlude hunting and fishing at a
lodge in the German Alps.