John Law was the Scotsman who invented the concept of paper money and banking and became Comptroller of France. Though his principles were solid, the corruption of the French court led to the disaster known as The Mississippi Bubble. A dashing hero, dark villains, physical and political conflict, dangerous duels and harrowing escapes, exotic locales, beautiful and dangerous women, sex, corruption, betrayal, heroism and tragedy.
UNDER THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN has the unique literary structure of a book within a book. The central characters, Jefferson Thwaite and Jean Varry, husband/wife American writers working on British TV in London, have come to Spain on an assignment and have discovered the wonders of Andalucia. By the merest fluke of circumstance they buy a rack-going-to-ruin finca in the hills of Andalucia, from a hard-of-hearing British comic named Dykes who, it was reported (and Jeff never doubted it once inside) had sketched its design on the inside of an empty cigarette packet over a plate of fried calamaré one drunken lunch at Puerto José Banus, facing the Mediterranean Sea.
Written in the form of a novel into which between Jeff and Jean's personal adventures, are woven their twelve short stories––inspired either by their rustic Spanish village, or the party-going foreign colony that illuminates the Costa Del Sol. Their stories are heavy on light humor and moments of mystery. Under The Magic Mountain is book one can enjoy a chapter at a time.
Some things are truer than others, and that is the way of fiction.
Some things live only in the world of imagination, and that is the way of truth.
2015 (4th edition) THE OFFER
(with Jesse Lasky Jr.)
"In addition to the accurate portrayal of a people caught up in the sweep of history, action and adventure, THE OFFER delivers a timeless message
to a new generation." Publishers Weekly, July 10 1981
THE OFFER is "a sweeping, tautly written dynastic saga…a complex, passion-filled drama.' L.A. Times Aug 23 1981
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2015 A STAR CALLED WORMWOOD
"An erotic thriller, now available on Amazon as trade paperback or on Kindle. “Murder in Hollywood Does Not Always Happen in the Movies.” Amazon 5 stars.
2012 SCAMS SCHEMES SCUMBAGS
(with Peter Betts)
A light-hearted look at con artists through the ages. It's available on Amazon trade paperback and all ebook formats. It's already selling like hotcakes––so don't be the last to read it! Look for it on Amazon paperback and all ebook formats.
2010 RIDE THE TIGER
Fame, money and sex, that's what Hollywood is all about. Madelaine Brent wanted them all and she always got everything she wanted. But sometimes everything is too much and somebody can get murdered. Her agent warned her of an ancient Chinese proverb: ‘She who rides the tiger better not dismount.’ Was Maddie about to fall off?
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WIZARD OF BAGHDAD • PIRATES OF TORTUGA • LAND RAIDERS
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