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When Raam Commoner and Kayman Karl open the door to a hidden vault beneath the crumbling old Hollywood Hills mansion they are planning to restore, they open a Pandora’s Box of fifty-year old secrets and trigger the hunt for a fortune looted from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, a fortune whose location is hidden in an ancient Torah. Raam’s Israeli mother breaks the code and they head to Geneva to retrieve the money just one step ahead of the Mafiosi who claim the funds, the ambitious politician who wants ...

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Common Place

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Overview

When Raam Commoner and Kayman Karl open the door to a hidden vault beneath the crumbling old Hollywood Hills mansion they are planning to restore, they open a Pandora’s Box of fifty-year old secrets and trigger the hunt for a fortune looted from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, a fortune whose location is hidden in an ancient Torah. Raam’s Israeli mother breaks the code and they head to Geneva to retrieve the money just one step ahead of the Mafiosi who claim the funds, the ambitious politician who wants the old building to protect the family name, and a California bureaucracy determined to jump through all of the hoops in the course of renovation of an historic Hollywood mansion.

Restoration of the property, under the guidance of an outrageously tattooed performance artist working on her graduate thesis at the UCLA film school, has been a financial black hole, but the caretaker’s cottage offers a secret hideaway where Raam and Kayman can sneak away to get to know each other for better and better– and avoid the murderous intentions of the politician whose motives have evolved from greed to revenge.

Raam is tall and sturdy and a former athlete; and Kayman is smart and fearless and a crack shot; but they’ll have to retreat to their common place to escape the impact of a tiny blue butterfly that has the power to change everything.

COMMON PLACE is Book #3 in Richard David Bach’s Common Denominator Series of erotic thrillers in which recovering lawyer and former womanizer Raam Commoner tells the captivating stories of love, life and adventure with his partner, the smart, sexy and deadly Kayman Karl.

Early Praise for Common Place

A Brisk, Riveting Read!
From the start—-and I mean from the first paragraph—the novel hooks you with anticipation of the next and then the next twist and turn of the story. The retired lawyer with his taste for jazzy cars and his hot-blooded, calculating, investigator wife tangle with a variety of “bad guys” that keep them scrambling. Their repartee is alternately clever and funny, and not the least trite. Lawyers in particular will enjoy this book.

–William R. Myer, ****Amazon Reviews

Never Deny a Woman Her Dream Home!
“Raab Commoner and Kayman Karl, husband and wife, have bought a home, one on the historic register in California. And someone else wants it. First they tried to overturn the sale, but a bit of court work ended that. Then a lawyer offered them a million dollar profit for the sale rights. When that didn’t fly with the couple, murder attempts began. In a case that goes back to WWII, with politics, hit men, the mob tied in, author Bach gives us another fast moving, absorbing read of the P.I. couple. Worth a look.”

–George R.Johnson “Randy Johnson”, ****Amazon Reviews

“Once again, Mr. Bach has given us a good thriller and a fun group of characters. I will be patiently waiting for number four, Common Sense.”

–Susannah St. Clair, ****Amazon Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483505206
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 339,680
  • File size: 326 KB

Meet the Author

Author Richard David Bach was born in New York City, was raised with a younger brother by a widowed mother on the south shore of Long Island, and sleepwalked his way through an uneventful but stable and happy childhood wondering when life would begin.

For Richard, life began at 17 when, in a post-war America obsessed with modern technology, he left home for Troy, New York, to pursue a Civil Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an ROTC commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. It was the time of the Korean War, and while the mechanical engineers from RPI were building weapons, the civil engineering students were preparing to build targets. College was a hint of freedom from the stifling confines of a structured upbringing, and a two-year active duty tour in the Air Force overseeing design and construction of anti-missile radar sites in the Arctic followed by an uninspiring job as a highway design engineer made him yearn for more adventures.

The Pursuit of Adventure: Oregon or Bust
That pursuit of adventure began unexpectedly during an accidental migration to Portland, Oregon. An old friend asked Richard to drive him from New York to Portland where the friend–a recent medical school graduate–was to begin an internship. Richard took his two-week vacation and a week’s leave of absence from his job and drove across country camping out and sightseeing along the way, planning to turn around and head back to NY once he had dropped off his friend. That never happened. Richard fell in love with Portland, called to extend his leave of absence (which he may still be on) and kept putting off going home until his family stopped asking when he’d come back. Years of self-introspection and therapy led him to the realization that he had probably never intended to return.

Once in Portland he continued to work as an engineer, first for the Portland Development Commission designing Portland’s first urban renewal project, and then for Pacific Power & Light Company as a right-of-way-agent, where one of the power company’s attorneys encouraged Richard to try studying law. He enrolled in the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College’s night-school program, excelled in his studies, and (despite working full time for the power company and trying to help his wife raise their two small children) loved every minute of law school.

After passing the Oregon Bar, Richard joined Stoel, Rives, LLP, Portland’s largest and most prestigious law firm, where he founded and chaired its Environmental Law Practice Group, practicing environmental law until he retired to take up writing and spend time with his family–a loving wife, four productive children, nine grandchildren who make him very proud, and one adorable great-granddaughter.

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