A suicide in a government office that may (we almost hope) turn out to be a murder... An attractive government official, who likes to think well of himself, precariously juggling an old love and a new... An ebullient married woman who kisses (out of wedlock) and always tells her husband... These are just a few of the elements in this novel too delicious to spoil by giving you more of the plot. You may expect to revel in deep truths about good and evil, while savoring some of the most succinctly-written love scenes in the history of the novel. You will meet eccentric children, engaging villains and strong women. To crown all, the author has been kind enough to give us a happy ending (with a twist, of course).