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From The CriticsTristan Martens, a professor of entomologist, has a thing for beetles and privacy. Not counting the occasional visits from fiery Elida Hernandez, a doctoral candidate who shares his love of bugs, Martens leads a solitary life amidst the bustle of New York City. Divorced from his wife, Martens' only familial connection is with his son, a religious zealot who lives in Texas. While browsing one day in an antiques shop, Martens stumbles upon an object from his past which stirs up disturbing memories. Hoping to retrieve this heirloom, he befriends the store's manager, the elegant Cora Lowenstein, with whom he becomes romantically involved. As Martens delves painfully into his past, his every action remains precise, his every movement deliberate. Not unlike a scientist, Dessler pays excruciating attention to detail; Ultimately, her characters become as antiseptic as Martens' captured insects.