To professor Viola Bennett, Stephen Silk-wood presents more of a riddle than the detective stories he pens. Years ago, as a sensitive, eager new author, he stole her innocent heart-and broke it. Later he began writing mysteries featuring a callous, cynical, womanizing protagonist named Max-and became famous for them. Now he's invading her quiet New England campus, and he's behaving suspiciously like...Max.
The plot thickens when heated arguments turn to fevered embraces in an irrepressible explosion of their former passion. Hopelessly beguiled by Stephen's tenderly masterful seduction, Viola can only ask: Who is the real Stephen Silkwood?