In a highly controversial book and college course, an American professor dares to challenge the common belief in “American Exceptionalism” and that the United States is a paragon among nations. He is kidnapped by a right-wing, arch-patriot group and sentenced to die. His fraternal twin brother who has just overcome his criminal past to be elected to Congress seeks to rescue him at the risk of wrecking his significant new role. “American Exceptionalism” examines their dramatic careers as their lives reflect the explosive strains of the national concept staunchly held by many and resolutely denied by others. The conflicts they face lead to a final lethal resolution.
Greed and sub-rosa ambitions, leading to intrigues and murders, drive these two mystery novellas.
The Individiatrist involves an initial lark by a young man that evolves into an enveloping scam as the new “discipline” is taken over by the Mob for money-laundering purposes. Absorbed into the criminal world through his marriage to a mobster’s daughter, the young man gets caught up in a scheme that he fights to escape.
In Deceit For Dinner a young newspaper editor ambitious to start his own publication is a suspect in the murder of the paper’s publisher. Other suspects include the publisher’s estranged wife and son. Detectives investigate a mysterious tourism development plan in Mexico which leads to more suspects and murders as well as a complicated job offer.
Both novellas capture the lures of making money and a name for yourself-despite the cost.
Death by decapitation of a public relations executive at a hotel opening, deaths by poison darts used by grannies against political/cultural foes, and multiple deaths from a lethal eugenics program by an otherwise normal-looking department store all provide a crime-related mystery link between three exciting novellas.
In each novella, the characters come up against a nemesis from unexpected sources, experience a series of violent events, and are finally forced to confront surprising twists.
Two high school teachers become vigilantes.
A pair of high school teachers kill a trio of financial wrongdoers and paste a summary paper judgment stating “The Consumer” on the victims’ foreheads. But when they cease their vigilante acts, due to social changes in their lives, they are faced with a copycat killer who has different motives. Now they must decide whether to try and foil this less principled killer at the continuing risk of being caught themselves.