Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Giveaway and review of Salt City

Book Review of Salt City sponsored by Innovative Book Tours

            The author has graciously allowed me to giveaway either an E-Book or paperback book.  Please fill out the form below to enter to win.

Book Synopsis:

Salt City ‐ Synopsis
Syracuse, upstate New York.
The “Salt City.”
An apartment building on the edge of The Projects – and Anne Malloy dies, thrown out of a sixth floor window, an apparent suicide, while Mark Cornell watches. Mark was there for a purpose, his part‐time gig being to snap incriminating photos for a divorce lawyer who happily takes cases over the phone.

Watching the apartment was Mark’s assignment. But this assignment has a problem: Mark learns that “Anne Malloy” had died months before, leaving behind a grieving husband. So who is this woman?

It’s 1976, before cellphones, internet, and all the easy ways of satisfying curiosities, so Mark
Cornell’s search for a name to give the victim makes him a foot soldier slogging personally through the facts. And, as those facts pile up, Mark discovers that he really shouldn’t be playing detective, stumbling across the thin line between commerce and crime.

Salt City – Forward from the Book
The “Salt City” is Syracuse, New York. I went to Syracuse University and haven’t been back there since. But I was sitting in Krakow, Poland, trying to marry the love of my life, Alina Szpak, when I met the U.S. consul there, who had also gone to SU. So, teaching my soon‐to‐be wife English, I began writing a “criminalky” using rumored Syracuse scandals that the consul and I remembered. She loved Raymond Chandler ‐ in Polish ‐ and though I’d never read Chandler yet, I tried to fit her descriptions of what she liked. Motivation for the student, as we educators like to say. (One of my degrees is in Education). And, because Cold War politics didn’t respect love as a reason to stay in a country, there was even a plan to translate my story‐for‐her into a serialized Polish crime novel so that I could have a visa while waiting for the official docs allowing me to marry Alina.

A great plan – until I created a Russian‐speaking black detective and people thought I was being politically sarcastic and… Flash forward a bunch of years… Three published novels and six produced screenplays later. (Wish I was rich from that, but life is sarcastic.) Certain characters, certain moral outlooks, stay with you. After Salt City’s Mark Cornell, I created Heart of Stone’s Sam Williams. Then, sitting in a temp job in L.A., I brought Sam and Mark together in The Quiet Child, a story still unwritten, only outlined. Ten years later I found Sam lamenting Mark’s disappearance and wrote Happy New Year, adapted into a feature‐that‐never‐happened (typical Hollywood story).

Six months later I was sitting in a Carl’s Jr., saw a certain waitress delivering my fast food entree, and realized what happened to Mark and Sam in Broken Doll (also never written, but understood). They stay with you. There is a certain worldview that likes to – or needs to – understand the Why of what people do. Mark and Sam and the people they meet, they’re not me, but they are people I saw, observed, and sometimes interacted with. Good people doing bad things, bad people with decent motives, a guy you like but realize he can’t tell the truth from one person to the next, even when it’s against his own interests. Sometimes you even understand the Why, but realize that it’s an explanation, not an excuse. Where is that damn Do‐Not‐Cross line?! They stay with you.

Rereading Heart of Stone, Salt City and Happy New Year, like my favorite books, I still liked them. They still “mean” something in the current world. “The more things change, the more they stay the same” as the French say.  Surprise to me: sad in the overview, pleasant in the “Well, did I have foresight!” ego‐world. But each one stands on its own: Salt City as the first‐born of them all, Heart of Stone already out there, and Happy New Year soon a‐comin’. Whether the whole family will ever be born, well, we’ll see.

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Book Review:

            What happens when a college grad student working part-time as an investigator for a divorce attorney witnesses a murder that has no evidence?  Mark is given an assignment to follow the soon-to-be ex-wife of his divorce attorney employer and take pictures of her having an affair to be used against her in the divorce proceedings.  Instead he watches her fall six stories to her death.  A police officer also witnesses the event.

            The next day he finds out that the police have a dead Jane Doe on their hands, but he knows who it is, right?  But the person he was following doesn’t exist.  Salt City follows Mark as he picks up the bread crumbs in an attempt to find out who Annie Malloy is and why she is dead.

            There are so many twists and turns in this story I got a little lost at times.  In fact, I got a lot lost once or twice and had to go back and try again.  However, the bones of the story are strong.  The basic story is just enough different from your typical murder mystery to bring a fresh look to the story line.  There is action, intrigue, murder(s), sexual tension (but only tension), fear, and curiosity.  And you know what they say about curiosity, that it killed the cat.
            I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds.

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