Written with tenacity inspired by author Mark Rubinstein’s real-life courtroom experience, “The Lovers’ Tango” is an intense, passionate read that grips the reader from the very first page. Our main character here is famous crime writer Bill Shaw. Entranced by a random encounter with a woman dancing the tango, Bill finds Nora, said dancing woman, his wife. Their life is happy and joyful, until Nora dies.
Unravelling as soon as the funeral ends, Bill finds himself in a manic state. Detectives charge Bill with the second degree murder of his wife, forcing him to put his bereavement on hold while attempting to articulate his innocence in his wife’s death. Finding himself like the many subjects that Bill had written about for many years, he is subject to merciless questions and accusations, not to mention witness testimonies, in a seemingly never-ending courtroom debacle.
It is only a matter of time before fact and fiction merge together as Bill’s story unfolds. It comes to light that the research that Bill had been conducting at the time of Nora’s death is eerily similar to the events that surrounded his wife’s demise. What plays out is an intriguing thriller, as well as a love story, of what defines truth and innocence, of guilt and lies, and what truly constitutes a union between two people. The allegory of the Tango plays into Bill’s predicament with its passion and sharpness.
Rubinstein shines in his depiction of courtroom jargon and forensic science, clearly representative of his true life experience. There is a sense of urgency and intensity in his words that ensnares the reader until the very last word is read. While the subject matter can get a bit gruesome at times, the themes of redemption and revelations prevail in The Lovers’ Tango.