Luisa Valenzuela is one of the most recognized Latin American writers in the U.S. She has been featured in Time magazine alongside Garcia Marquez and Vargas Llosa. This novel, with the characteristics of a thriller, is set in New York among Argentine exiles—a man emerges from a building, a revolver in his pocket. Upstairs, in her apartment, alone, lies a woman, an actress the man met for the first time that evening. She is dead—the man is an Argentine novelist adrift in New York, trying desperately to write. Valenzuela’s dark story draws a fine line between creativity and insanity, following Dostoyevsky’s footsteps. It shows a penetrating portrait of the sub-city, complete with its seductive perversity.Luisa Valenzuela resides in Buenos Aires.