(From the publisher):
It is a tattoo—only a tattoo. A tattoo of a serpent with a human face on the sinewy arm of Lee Roy Sears, a convicted killer whose death sentence has been commuted to life imprisonment, thanks to the intervention of an idealistic young lawyer, Michael O'Meara. Now, ten years a model prisoner, Lee Roy has been paroled. Inevitably, he heads for Mount Orion, an affluent suburb in New Jersey, where the O'Mearas—Michael and his wife, Gina—make their home.
If Lee Roy Sears seems to represent all that is dark and twisted in humanity, Michael and the exquisitely lovely Gina stand for all that is sunlit and bright. They have success, social position, a wonderful marriage, a pair of perfect twins as their children. and now they have Lee Roy Sears in their lives as well, as they seek to nurture the artistic genius he has shown in prison and to heal the scars of social injustice.
Thus the stage is set for a drama that on the surface seems to echo the fearful fable of the Garden of Eden. Step by step, seduction by seduction, Lee Roy Sears turns the O'Mearas' heavenly happiness into a hellish nightmare. But on a deeper level, it is not Lee Roy, this human embodiment of monstrous malevolence and animal appetite, who alone bears the guilt. For it becomes inescapably clear that Lee Roy is the key that releases demons caged within the upright lawyer and his ideal wife, as he reopens wounds hidden but unhealed within Michael and stirs Gina's secret, searing hungers.
Original title: Snake Eyes
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense