1. The Piano Man
2. A Question of Chaos
3. The New Martians
4. The Secret Visitation
5. The Last Dinosaur (synopsis not now available);
6. A Dream of Dinosaurs (synopsis not now available);
7. The Convict Cookbook (non-fiction work-in-progress about prison life).
THE PIANO MAN
Synopsis of a Novel
Can the most unusual love affair between two of the unlikeliest individuals in romantic history survive the evil intentions of mafia killers and a morally corrupt FBI administrator? Will the Irish-American crook, Ian Costello, who successfully passes as a Sicilian known as the Piano Man, and rumored to be the bastard son of Frank Costello, the so-called Prime Minister of Organized Crime - a rumor the Piano Man himself started - find salvation from his obsession to write a great crime into the history of America through the miracle of his late-found love for Georgia Glasscock? Will Georgia, a coal-black African-American with a nose created by plastic surgery, the six-foot-three-inch, hundred and seventy-five pound weightlifter, martial arts adept, and master mechanic with her own garage - a never married, never loved, self-styled ugly freak of a woman - find fulfillment in her unleashed passions for a career criminal?
After a successful life of crime, the Piano Man has retired to Santa Barbara, where he works on his memoirs. He occasionally relieves his lonely boredom by pulling off spectacular heists andscams with his right-hand man Jeeves, a Jewish mobster.
Mob leaders, represented by the infamous National Commission, are concerned whether the Piano Man is writing down all the wrong things in violation of the law of omerta. An old enemy,Pine head Pinelli, the boss of Chicago, seizes the opportunity to initiate a Byzantine contract on the Piano Man's life to settle old scores.
The Piano Man is caught between mob elements and Kissal, a desperate FBI agent who is applying his own sly agenda to force the Piano Man to betray his underworld associates. To complicate matters, true romance enters his life at the age of 62, when he meets, while helping to thwart a gang of muggers, the 39-year-old Georgia.
After a narrowly aborted attempt on his life by a Cuban hit team, where Georgia kills a man in defense of the Piano Man's life and they find two dead FBI agents sent by Kissal to retrieve his memoirs, they escape with Jeeves to begin plotting a way to outwit his enemies.
After Georgia wins first prize in a bodybuilding competition, with the needless assistance of the Piano Man's bribery, their cleverly established alibi is complicated when Kissal arrests Georgia for breaking his nose, but the Piano Man finagles for his and Jeeves' freedom, and he bails her out of a traumatic night in jail.
The Piano Man, assisted in his brilliant manipulations by Georgia and Jeeves, turns the tables on his enemies in a chilling finale. Now to plan his last job. Georgia's life has been subverted from that of an honest businesswoman and she has come to consider joining the Piano Man and Jeeves in a swansong to his career, the greatest heist by a small, independent gang in the annals of crime.
A QUESTION OF CHAOS
Synopsis of a Novel
As timely as today's headlines in the aftermath of 9/11, questions of how and why a quintessential American Boy, a decorated hero survivor of Vietnam who is intelligent, mentally stable, and sociallyconscious can come to declare war against his own government urgently demands answers.
Timothy McVeigh? John Walker-Lind? No, this is the story of Tucker O'Dugal, a man who has nowhere to turn for justice when he is deprived of not only the anchor of a loving family, but of hope itself after he is forced into a life of oppression and contempt, insult and debasement.
Does a man who hates condemn himself? Can redemption be found through love? Can a punishment be made to fit a crime? Are victims no better than the criminals they resist? Do we know right from wrong or do we need 10,000 laws to tell us? Is basic everyday justice lost to us in the complexities of due process? Are the lessons we learn by our treatment the same as those ostensibly being taught? Does a majority vote distinguish the freedom fighter from the terrorist? Are we safe from thepredations of our own government in the name of protecting us from terrorists? Does wrong beget wrong, evil instigate evil, or is Tucker O'Dugal's mission of retribution but a twisted result of arighteous man's quest for justice?
When his wife and parents are killed by FBI and DEA agents in an unjustified drug raid on his home, when his young brother and infant daughter are thereby terrorized, when all his honestly earned property is confiscated by government process, when he is convicted of killing three federal agents while defending his home against armed invaders, when he is sentenced to three consecutive life terms and knows he is meant to die a slow death in prison, where does Tucker O'Dugal turn for justice, the righting of wrongs?
Prisons as they exist in the growing draconian measure of the day are basically bomb factories mangling and squeezing human hearts and minds into the variable shapes of walking time bombs with defective fuses - they are liable to go off at any time. Values degrade in states of misery and those deprived of dignity and hope settle into hatred and despair, a corollary of which is a desire for revenge.
And when he escapes and finds that his single remaining hope, which resided in his only daughter - a young girl who has been forced to grow up without parents - is taken from him by the very forces of those who have condemned him to a life of torture and brutalization for the past 24 years, what is the nature of his last greatest desire?
To travel with Tucker, who has been tried beyond endurance, is to learn how a soul becomes icy with rage, to discover, as he does, that all the answers lie in A Question of Chaos.
THE NEW MARTIANS
Synopsis of a Sci-Fi Fantasy Novel
When an individual rebels against not only his government but also society in general, he cannot win however just the cause, But what if he could? What if he is able to draw upon extraordinary resources in his passionate battle to right too many wrongs running rampant in the world? What if he came to possess powers beyond any found on Earth, powers enabling him to not only establish and protect a small utopian island kingdom comprising a population of convicts he has broken out of prison as a base to begin rebalancing the inequities ruling the masses of powerless lives in countries all over the world, but also to settle the hash of supreme assholes running things?
Such is the case when Ian Stone, ex-convict, outcast, and recluse on an uninhabited atoll in the Southern Pacific Ocean, meets and befriends a 4,000-year old extra-terrestrial who has crashed his shuttlecraft on the reef of his hermitage. The alien, Li, evolved from reptilian antecedents, is the last of his race and has been studying Earth for 800 years. In his loneliness and old age, his vast anomie before imminent and welcome death is lightened by his friendship with Stone, Li declares the Earthling his heir. Li's estate includes not only a huge spaceship hidden on the dark side of the moon and its two shuttlecraft, but also a helmet containing a thought-controlled computer of a design and capacity far in advance of any developed by Terran science and nine marbles of different colors contained like jewels in a headband.
It is these latter items which first tempt the cautiously inspired Stone to begin exploring the concepts going into the makings of civilization, the creation of conditions allowing for the betterment of humanity as a whole. For each marble contains an astonishing power developed by Li's race as masters of nano-science and technology, powers to manipulate the most basic constituents of atomic structure itself such as to render the current state of quantum research on Earth moot - powers which in the wrong hands could make the situation vastly worse.
Looming large is the question of whether Stone possesses the necessary character and intelligenceto assume the awesome responsibility for the welfare and possible destruction of an entire planet along with its six billion human inhabitants, whether he must bear the burden of the world's weight on his shoulders as a modern-day Atlas or he must ultimately shrug it off as a lost cause and go find another planet to begin the process of human creation andcivilization anew - where he and his chosen few may become the New Martians.
THE SECRET VISITATION
Synopsis of a Novel
In the microcosm of a prison visiting room where a high prelate of the Church meets a death row inmate whose execution date is imminent, a conversation begins in which the proposition that everything is true and everything is false dominates and the question of who is innocent and who is guilty becomes ambiguous and blurs the line between salvation and damnation. In such a world, nothing is what it seems. Black becomes white, good becomes evil. If memory determines character but is fallible, then identity itself becomes evanescent.
Is the reputation of a prominent and respected attorney/author no more than a clever advertisement disguising a sex murderer? Does the good Dr. Jekyll of the condemned man have a monstrous Mr. Hyde lurking inside or can the Monsignor wear his shoes? Is revenge the common element among the multiple personae of one man seeking to demonstrate an injustice or will death obscure the question forever?
What begins as an apparent mission of hope soon segues into urgent questions of personal responsibility and the desperate need of human beings to be able to discern truth from among the phantasmagoria of life. Does Vincenzo Bugliano deserve to die for his crimes or is the Monsignor Accardo conspiring with Brady Reklaw, the phenomenally brilliant political consultant, and Huckleby Waters, the bitter ex-con who has lost everything worth living for, to frame an innocent man and thus murder him through the proxy of the state?
In the end, The Secret Visitation is a murder mystery resolving the growing terror in a lightning bolt of revelation.
It is unlikely that any of these so far unpublished manuscripts will be brought to print by establishment publishers, but rather in time will be self-published just as Palmyra: The True Story of an Island Tragedy has been brought to you. Each volume will be announced as it comes into print.