grabbed me from the very first page [...] a haunting novel that will stay with you well after you have finished reading it."
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"Great opening! It really established the tone and drew me in ...a very interesting idea here --timely and unique."
From the Author
I know you're afraid. I don't blame you. Let's be honest, Dire Means
could overwhelm you. Suppose the plot is too intense, you slam the book shut halfway through and flee your favorite reading chair for emergency psychological help? The book's price would have set you back more than an ice cream sundae, right? Relax. This needn't happen. Use Amazon's Look Inside
feature to read a more-than-generous sample. Skim through some reviews (ignoring any that are less than 5-stars). If this doesn't make your purchase feel safe enough then just go splurge on the sundae instead. I won't be mad. I won't even know ... unless we meet some fine day and you get all fidgety when I ask what your favorite scene was.Dire Means
was my first novel. I daydreamed about this story for two years before I began typing and finished the manuscript three years later. This book is not a sermon and will satisfy readers that blame homelessness on the homeless and those who see the homeless as victims. The story idea came to me after I gave money to a homeless man in Los Angeles. The guy's response was memorable. As he accepted the money through my driver's side window he pointed up and said, "An angel just saw you do this." As I drove away, his odd reply got me thinking about the homeless situation in America. I wondered why altruism has never succeeded in completely eliminating homelessness. Brotherly love is encouraged weekly from church pulpits across the nation and nonprofit assistance organizations do their best to chip away at the problem, yet the problem persists and grows. By the time I got home I had become obsessed with a concept that would become Dire Means
. If appeals to public kindness haven't succeeded, what if terror made practicing the Golden Rule the only practical option? Would the reason for kindness matter?