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Why I wrote this book
Sometimes a crack can appear in a personality that, if unchecked, grows wider as the years go by. So, if a person is a little bit greedy when he or she is young, it can later become full-blown avarice. The same holds true for vanity, or lust, and even murderous impulses. The protagonist of this story wanted money, lots of it, and in the end he achieved his goal. But unforeseen events can cause a moral compass to swing wildly and to bring people to a new understanding of themselves. I wrote this book to explore how this happens. But I also wrote to ask why calamitous events such as the death of a loved one sometimes leave no trace while at other times they shatter the core of a person’s being.
If you enjoy Tom Wolfe, Bonfire of the Vanities, Ian McEwan, Atonement or Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment then you should enjoy American Redemption.
This is a compelling personal narrative of a young man consumed by ambition. The story contrasts humor and grief, explores how death impacts individual lives, and reveals how excessive greed brings ruin in its wake. Sex and fidelity are mixed together in a topsy-turvy brew. Who has not dreamt of fabulous wealth and wondered how to grasp riches and fame? Will Davison did not wonder. With the instincts of a pirate, he pursued money and position, brushing aside the objections of a twin brother, his wife and others. On Wall Street, in the Navy and in his sex life, he grabbed what he wanted, and always more. Poor Will. Like America he worked hard and was sometimes lucky. But something was twisted, and he didn't know it. Following the death of his wife, Will entered a dubious relationship with a criminal financier. Little did he realize that this route to wealth would one day lead to the suicide of his brother. When disaster struck he was cut adrift, overwhelmed by loss and crushed by crippling malaise. As he grappled with the truth of his life, he was shadowed by values that had long been rejected. Slowly, with the aid of a woman with a past as murky as his own, he forged a new path from the embers of his shattered life. It was not the one he had dreamed of, but it brought him closer to an acceptance of himself. The page turning drama unfolds to a climax with a startling revelation and a reaffirmation of the bonds that cement people one to another.
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Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing
1st December 2012