Charlie Shine an ad executive takes the Long Island Railroad to work every day. One day he meets a leggy Lucinda on the train through a mix-up with his train ticket. The two start-up a conversation and pretty soon are meeting each other on the train. Lucinda tells Charlie she is in an unhappy marriage and Charlie who is married himself debates having an affair with her. Of course the temptation is too great for him so they schedule a daytime tryst in a downtown, shaddy hotel. At the end of their activity, they are surprised by a mugger who robs Charlie and rapes Lucinda. Both not wanting their spouses to find out, decide to say nothing to the police.
The mugger (Mr. Vasquez) aware that they will take no action against them, starts to blackmail Charlie to get whatever additional wealth that he has. The rest of the book is difficult to talk about without a lot of spoilers but let's say that Charlie gets involved with a murder and that things are definitely not the way Charlie perceives them.
I really liked this book because of the non-stop tension throughout and I have ridden the same train as Charlie and lived in some of the neighborhoods that are described by the author. Having enjoyed this book, I immediately went out and got Detour, by the same author, which also seems excellent. Mr. Siegel looks like an excellent writer of the thriller and I highly recommend his works!
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Product Description Advertising director Charles Schine is just another New York commuter, regularly catching the 8.43 to work. But the day he misses his train is the day that changes his life. Catching the 9.05 instead, he can't help but be drawn by the sight of the person opposite. Charles has never cheated on his wife in eighteen years of marriage. But then Charles has never met anyone like Lucinda Harris before. Charming, beautiful and a seductively good listener, Charles finds himself instantly attracted. And though Lucinda is married too, it is immediately apparent that the feeling is mutual. Their journeys into work become lunch dates, which become cocktails and eventually lead to a rented room in a seedy hotel. They both know the risks they are taking, but not in their worst nightmares could they foresee what is to follow. Suddenly their temptation turns horrifically sour, and their illicit liaison becomes caught up in something bigger, more dangerous, more brutally violent. Unable to talk to his partner or the police, Charles finds himself trapped in a world of dark conspiracy and psychological games. Somehow he's got to find a way to fight back, or his entire life will be spectacularly derailed for good.