55 Highlander Dr.
Scotch Plains, New Jersey -07076
Richard R. Karlen
Publication: October, 2005
$15.00 plus cost of shipping and handling
of pages: 274 text
of Congress Control Number: 2005906940
Cover photograph by Kim
Cover design by HM
This book is intended for
the adult market to include both college students and the general reading
In WOLFE’S CHOICE, Dr.
Karlen’s sixth work of fiction, the author explores the dilemma of a middle-aged
doctor, Max Wolfe, who is involved in a fatal hit and run. Wolfe seeks
atonement and redemption while dealing with a conscience that offers no
compassion. (“What atonement is there for blood spilt upon the earth?”
Aeschylus “The Libation Bearers.”)
Parallel to this primary
theme is the story of a young, female Japanese violinist, Mariko Tanaka, who
has abandoned her family and her country to live in the U.S. How Tanaka’s
life intertwines with Wolfe’s creates the basis for the plot of WOLFE’S CHOICE.
Secondary themes involving Huntington’s Disease and A.I.D.S complicate the
relationship between the two main protagonists.
In WOLFE’S CHOICE, no
different than in Dr. Karlen’s previous five works of fiction, the human
condition with all its weaknesses and strengths are scrutinized and questioned
in context with the complexity of a modern world where great moral values are
inexorably being replaced by the adherence to expediency.
Dr. Karlen’s seventh book
is the novel YUNG SOOK, the story of a young Korean girl caught up in the
Korean war during which she is driven into prostitution, and her subsequent
relationship with an American colonel seven years later. The book will be
published by Ironbound Press in the Spring of 2006.