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Siegel's novel is not prurient, but its lyrical language and strong characterization intrigues the senses. Siegel makes good on the multiple-meaning title, enveloping the reader in his richly drawn world of literary mystery. This fine novel should be in the sights of those who seek a serious, but slightly offbeat read tinged with elements of the forbidden and foreboding.