A fast-paced novel hailed by Entertainment Weekly as a "well-crafted, suspenseful thriller [which] offers sex, erotica, and more sex."
In Sherry Sonnett’s compelling first novel, Vega Johnson, a successful L.A. investment counselor, is leading a respectable but dull life when she meets Paul Lattimer, a major player in a mysterious, international finance game. Immediately fascinated by and drawn to his power, she soon gets caught up in his dark world of kinky sex, white collar crime, and murder.
Sherry Sonnett has published numerous essays and articles (New York Times, Ms., Glamour) and written screenplays for movies and television, and published two children's books. Wanting a new challenge, she went back to school and got a master's degree from Harvard Divinity School where she concentrated on the study of consciousness and how we invest meaning in the world. She has taught a wide range of courses, from William James to Tolstoy to Gilgamesh. She is currently a member of the Dramaturg's Table at Rogue Machine Theater Company in Los Angeles, where she is developing a play. She also has a thriving business dealing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century photos and paper ephemera. Restraint is her first novel and she's currently at work on a second.
"Whew! Yikes! Wow! Oh, darn. That pretty much sums up this film noir-ish first novel that takes off at Concorde-like speed then revs up its engines."
– People Magazine
"Sherry has written a well-plotted book and along with her main characters has developed a true milieu of the business side of LA."
– Connie Martinson
"The book follows the criminal and sexual obsession of Vega Johnson, an investment planner who falls hard for Paul Lattimer, an older man with lots of money from dirty places...Sonnett has a charged, lyrical style that conveys deep currents of desire and need."
– Chicago Tribune
"Smooth, sleek and sexy, written on silk with a velvet pen."