April in Paris
Author: John J. Healey
An American professor of Art History and wealthy widower awakens from a disturbing nightmare in his Paris apartment while on sabbatical. Unable to forget the dream, he looks into it, running searches on the Internet, and discovers a grisly crime committed in 1916, in the basement of his grandparents’ apartment building in Bronx, New York.
Soon after, he is introduced to a woman, a Spanish microbiologist who teaches at MIT. He finds her irresistible, and his attempts to win her over, in Madrid, Boston, New York, Paris, Southampton, NY and Lenox, Massachusetts, coincide with his deepening exploration of the trial that ensued from the forgotten crime, a crime that turns out to be directly connected to his family during an era he has spent years trying to repress.
Part detective story, part romance, April in Paris achieves a transcendental epiphany at the end that constitutes a genre unto itself.