The novel takes place in the microcosm of a small apartment
building. The principal goal of the young people who share rooms in
the building is to move into their own room and, some day, a real
apartment. They scheme to get what they're after: form short-lived
alliances, petition, frighten, marry, become pregnant, anything
that might work. Lovers & Murderers presents Páral's vision of
mankind caught in a cyclical process in which ideology pales before
the pettiness, cruelty, and self-justification of human nature.