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"The Testing of Luther Albright"

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Flash!  "Houses make for convenient metaphors.  Foundations crack, rooms imprison, moldy basements harbor secrets..."

He built his house himself.  "To him, a clogged drain is a welcome reprieve from conversation."  "(his) rigid composure" ... "reveal the flawed human hiding within..."

And who is the guy?  None other than:  "Luther ... a highly regarded civil engineer for the California Department of Water Resources--in other words, a designer of dams." 

The latest engineer-literary "hero," in MacKenzie Bezos' first novel (title above).  For more see today's New York Times Book Review at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/07/books/review/07BOLICK.html

FYI,

Ralph Hueston Kratz, S.E.  (NOT a dam designer :)
Richmond CA USA