I'd like to announce my availability to any book club whose members elect to feature either of my factually-inspired novels, "Rabbit Stew" and "The Devil Won't Care." Both are set in the auto-plant town of Flint, Michigan and deal with different forms of personal corruption. The first novel tells the saga of Ricky Valentine, falsely accused of murdering no less than the governor, following his abduction by a pair of racist punks and an ensuing madcap crime spree. His court-appointed lawyer begins digging and uncovers an incestuous web of treachery reaching the highest levels of power and influence within the community, in which a broad array of individuals each hope to parlay Valentine's misfortune into personal gain. A dramatic trial unfolds, but even in the wake of the verdict, much remains hidden from view until a dramatic courtroom finale in which all of the loose ends are tied up. My second novel traces the career of Lanny Lessner, a homespun documentary filmmaker whose depiction of the results of auto factory closings in Flint propels him to overnight wealth and fame, positioning him to become the Ralph Nader of his generation. But, as told by a college friend who narrates the story, Lessner has a dark side, and leaves a trail of betrayal, shady dealings, and mean-spirited behavior. Ultimately, having suffered repeated betrayals by a man he thought was a friend, Warren Hill must decide whether to "turn the other cheek" or claim the revenge of the righteous, but that choice is neither simple nor easy. "Rabbit Stew" addresses the corrupting influence of politics on both courts and law enforcement, painting a grim picture of a system in which "justice" may prove elusive to those without money to hire both a criminal lawyer and an investigator. "The Devil Won't Care" tackles a society beset by narcissism, celebrity worship, and a mindset in which "What's in this for me?" is the common denominator. Both books have been well-received by readers and critics and I can provide their comments to prove it. If your club decides to purchase one book or a dozen from me (which I'll autograph), I will be available via conference phone to confer with members and answer their questions about the characters, the writing process, what influenced me, et cetera. If anyone has any interest whatsoever, I invite further inquiries to any of the following: E-mail to [address removed], telephone calls to[masked], or U.S. mail to John Streby, 444 Church St., Flint, Michigan 48502.
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[bookclub-839] The Song Is You: A Novel by Arthur Phillips
When: Wednesday, October 12,[masked]:30 PM
(we will let you know where it will be as soon as we figure that out ;)
Price: $1.00 per person
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