She Took My Arm As If She Loved Me: A Novel
by Herbert Gold
Tracker of lost memories and lost souls, the veteran San Francisco private eye Dan Kasdan manages, along his way from the 1960s to the 1990s, to find Priscilla, the love of his life, only to lose her. Kasdan, urged on by Priscilla, also finds himself entangled with Karim, the sleek pornographer and drug dealer who insists that only Dan is the right person to handle his tra...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published May 15th 1997)
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I'm in two minds about this novel. It brims with wonderful bits of writing, and yet I found it rather hard going. At the end of reading it I didn't feel as if I'd completed a journey of any kind, as if the novel had bamboozled me by giving me the impression I was reading a story but not offering me an actual story. The central characters are all essentially where they were at the outset; no one seems to have learned very much. I've witnessed a slice of living, as it were, but that's all.