A Desperate Man

A Desperate Man

by Claes G. Ryn
     
 

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 A riveting thriller, a haunting picture of America.

Could two people be more enviable than Richard and Helen Bittenberg? They love each other, have two healthy, intelligent children, and are financially comfortable. Richard is at the top of his profession. Their home is in a desirable Washington, D.C., neighborhood. The culturally rich, cosmopolitan

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 A riveting thriller, a haunting picture of America.

Could two people be more enviable than Richard and Helen Bittenberg? They love each other, have two healthy, intelligent children, and are financially comfortable. Richard is at the top of his profession. Their home is in a desirable Washington, D.C., neighborhood. The culturally rich, cosmopolitan atmosphere of the capital of the most powerful nation in the world forms part of their privileged existence.

But to Richard it seems that perverse, irresponsible forces are destroying the country he loves. He feels compelled to resist. But how? Deeply troubled by his powerlessness, he seizes a daunting opportunity that he could never have foreseen. His life changes drastically. He is drawn into tension-filled, sometimes harrowing circumstances. They tax his moral conscience, courage, and endurance to the utmost. Helen worries about his increasingly fraught and stressed condition and tries to make him change his ways, but she does not know their real cause. Then, when she least expects it, she finds herself in the middle of a nightmare of her own. She has to muster all her willpower and wile. Helen and Richard must independently handle daunting ordeals, one involving secret, nerve-racking political machinations, one involving an agonizing police investigation. The milieus of the novel are Washington, D.C., Paris and environs, and Charleston, South Carolina.

This is a political and psychological thriller that sneaks up on the reader and then only tightens its grip. It also has the fully developed characters and the trenchant, nuanced narrative of a serious work of fiction. Telling the story of the existential crises that Richard and Helen must face, the novel becomes a disquieting and thought-provoking commentary on the state of America and the Western world.

Does the novel’s poignant picture of contemporary society suggest merely fictional possibilities? A Desperate Man deeply engages the reader, raising profound moral and cultural questions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988750807
Publisher:
Claes Ryn/Athena Books
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Edition description:
1
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.63(d)

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