Overuse of the exclamation mark – perhaps to jolt readers out of an occasional torpor while struggling to turn the pages. An observation of men and women at the cross-road of middle age who are reexamining their successful and less than successful lives.

In Salthill-on-Hudson, a half-hour train ride from Manhattan, everyone is rich, beautiful, and — though they look much younger — middle-aged. But when Adam Berendt, a charismatic, mysterious sculptor, dies suddenly in a brash act of heroism, shock waves rock the town. But who was Adam Berendt? Was he in fact a hero, or someone more flawed and human?