Portrait of Alicia by Jack Echols
A Parable

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How high is a man's reach before guilt overwhelms his ambition? Is God, love, and loyalty found among the rich? Is extravagance restricted to aristocrats? In a stark and compelling critique, this work focuses on one man, his wife, friends, and social status to ask the question: "Is man redeemable?" Follow along as a magistrate, his beautiful wife Alicia, and Adrian, family friend and talented painter-priest are embroiled in a cruel and corrupt plutocracy long ago gone rotten. A deformed moral universe where even loving smiles are threatened by venality is the backdrop for the clash of these characters as they are immersed in the deceit, violence, and intrigue of a man sworn to uphold the law. Scrutinize for yourself human frailty as murder, adultery, and insanity inexorably unravel from a complex emotional tangle.

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Published January 7, 2008 by AuthorHouse. 348 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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