Set in New York City, “Buddies” introduces readers to four conventional guys who have been friends since childhood: Joey, Billy, Roy and Sam. Temperatures rise when they meet Sasha, the seductive Brazilian wife of their mutual friend Raul, a Manhattan antiquities dealer. Each falls head over heels for the unattainable Sasha, who nevertheless flirts with and manipulates each of the main characters to her own purposes. The buddies’ unwillingness to be emotionally vulnerable with each other leaves them vulnerable in another way, as well as straining their friendships. In the wake of a senseless murder, each of them is pegged as a possible suspect. Their relationships with Sasha are all the circumstantial evidence police need to focus on them. While Sasha’s intentions are uncertain, she becomes a sympathetic character. Her sexual allure is her only way to feel power and control in life. From an outsider’s perspective, she behaves badly, but the novel encourages readers to have more understanding.