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The Lit-Crit Take: A genre-bending, character-driven, word-burning thriller about politics, love and the haunting pain of memory. …

The Lit-Crit Take: A genre-bending, character-driven, word-burning thriller about politics, love and the haunting pain of memory.
The Pure Plot Pitch: I didn’t know—or care—much about the tight race for governor of New York until someone took a shot at one of the candidates and killed his wife instead. The main suspect, it turns out, was an anti-government crazy (and a devoted quilter—yes, you heard that right) who once did time with me. So suddenly I’m trying to track him down, getting sucked into the panicky heart of a closely fought election campaign, into an affair with a troubled political operative, and into the dangerously surreal world of people who prefer casting their vote with a sniper’s bullet.

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  • 1. He was born to lead, bornfor power. Hed workedhis way up through thesystem to become DistrictAttorney of NassauCounty, then CountyExecutive. Now he wasready for the next move.
  • 2. The deals had been made,the agreements reached.Hed make the leap from LongIsland to Albany and run forGovernor of New York.
  • 3. But he faced opposition upstate, considerable opposition.A liberal downstater, blind, Hispanic--he was the enemy.
  • 4. They watchedhim, they planned,they agreed. Hecouldnt beallowed to run.
  • 5. Gunfire. White magnesium flashes, hypersoniccracks. A body falls. Not his. His wife s, pinkpetals of blood rising out of the side of her head.
  • 6. Staggered by his wifes death, he halts thecampaign. Supporters are confused by therumors they hear--hell quit the race, helleven resign his current position.
  • 7. Soul searching.He goes off the gridfor a week, stays athome, grieving andwondering what todo. One thing hecant deny--his wifewould want himto go on.
  • 8. Back to the road. Hes on a turbochargedcrusade to hit every crucial location in the state.
  • 9. Especially those areas--which is pretty muchall of upstate--hurt the most by unemployment.
  • 10. Life againbecomes ablur ofrallies,fundraisers,auditoriums,gyms andcounty fairs.
  • 11. He gains pointsin the polls, heloses points. Therace remains adead heat.
  • 12. Hard-hitupstaterscontinue tolook at him withpoisonoussuspicion.
  • 13. And others watch him even more closely, watch himwith hate. They stay hidden in the crowds, waiting.
  • 14. Waiting for the moment to strike again.
  • 15. Lit-Crit Take: A genre-bending, character-driven, word-burning thriller about politics, love and the haunting pain ofmemory.The Pure Plot Pitch: I didnt know--or care--much about thetight race for governor of New York until someone took ashot at one of the candidates and killed his wife instead.The main suspect, it turns out, was an anti-governmentcrazy (and a devoted quilter--yes, you heard that right) whoonce did time with me. So suddenly Im trying to track himdown, getting sucked into the panicky heart of a closelyfought election campaign, into an affair with a troubledpolitical operative, and into the dangerously surreal worldof people who prefer casting their vote with a snipersbullet.For a quick taste, please go to http://bit.ly/nVXk6Ymore
  • 16. DEAD HEAT is available everywhere, including the Kindle,Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iPad, Smashwords and Sonystores. Here are some of the bigger links:Kindle http://amzn.to/rjZPMPAmazon (print) http://amzn.to/qHX4d0Smashwords (all digital formats) http://bit.ly/n01h1U