Karen Moline is a freelance journalist whose byline frequently appears in VANITY FAIR, VILLAGE VOICE etc. Her first novel, LUNCH, was published to international acclaim in 1994.
In 1935, His Lordship "purchased" 18-year-old Isabella Ariel Nickerson for one £1 million in an auction for members of an exclusive club of rich Britons eager to satisfy their sexual appetites. Isabella's transformation into Belladonna after more than ten years of degradation is fueled by a desire to find and punish the club members, who had always worn masks and used code names. Her quest for revenge is told by Tomasino, who with his twin brother had helped her and her baby daughter escape from this nightmare. Castrated for participating in the Italian Resistance during World War II, the twins were also prisoners of His Lordship. Tomasino's narrative includes flashbacks and excerpts from Belladonna's diaries. Afraid to love, Belladonna almost allows the desire for revenge to corrode her own soul. The horrors revealed make readers eager for her to outsmart His Lordship, but this novel by the author of Lunch (LJ 7/94) is not for the squeamish.‘Kathy Piehl, Mankato State Univ., MN
A must for would-be femmes fatales...Erotic, obsessive. - COSMOPOLITANMoline's characters are Jacobean in their ferocity and BELLADONNA deploys the full revenger's kit of arcane poisons and painted beauty. - INDEPENDENTpoweful. - PUBLISHING NEWS