Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Detroit Goes Bust

All the headlines proclaim that Detroit has gone bankrupt. The b-roll footage shows block upon block of abandoned buildings, a cityscape that slipped past dystopia and into irrelevance.  All bankruptcy means, I think, is that Detroit has too much debt to pay back.  But these legal proceedings are not what is noteworthy. This filing probably could have been done ten or fifteen years ago. What matters more is that so little remains where the once-thriving city used to be.  Scholars can debate forever what caused this to happen: decline of the auto industry, freeways, riots, white flight, corruption, mismanagement.  All of these played a role.  Regardless of how much you take from Column A and how much from Column B, the total is still the same. A huge tract of land left in something less than even ruins. What is the next step down? What happens between when the last of the markers of civilization fall but before the archaeologists appear? What is this? Some sort of purgatory of not existing yet not quite gone.

Pity the town that needs Heroes.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New Cover For Heroes

I am close to putting up a revised version of Heroes on Amazon. In the meantime, I changed the cover.  The new cover was designed by a wonderfully talented woman named Teddi Black.  I hope you like the cover.  Look for the revised version of Heroes within the next couple of weeks.  I will announce it here.


Smoke Now Available on Amazon

I have a new novel available for download from Amazon. It is called Smoke.  It features some of the same characters in Heroes.  The two main characters from both books are Chris Garvin and George Hofmann.  The action in Smoke takes place earlier in time from Heroes.  Smoke explains why Garvin is so hesitant to get involved in the homicide investigation detailed in Heroes.  I hope you will enjoy this new novel.  I invite comments and questions from readers.  

As time permits, I will provide more insights into the novel.

Happy Reading.