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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Mann Or Myth; 1st edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692002839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692002834
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,058,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have always written. In elementary school our class was tasked with writing a descriptive paragraph about a well-known figure. While the rest of the class penned odes to their teacher or favorite sports figure, I wrote about recognizing Alfred Hitchcock on a street corner due to his rotund profile. A teacher enjoyed it, and urged me to write more, which lead to an incredibly mawkish poem "See the bird" being published in a local throwaway newspaper. My writing career was off in a flash.

Heh.

Fast forward several years, and I find myself in recovery from knee surgery, with a laptop at my side. I write a short story, then another, as a means of occupying myself until I can walk again. While I don't do anything with the pieces, they give me confidence enough to continue. At some point I write a story entitled "The Job". This story was the genesis for "Hide In Light"- in fact it's chapter one. This would be around 1994-1995. I finished the novel, near as I can remember, in late 1995.

At this point a rather startling event occurs. I am introduced to Sally Fitzgerald, who is summering and doing research at Emory University. When she finds that I am a budding writer she offers to read some of my work, so I pass off a few short pieces, and then the novel. A few months later we sit at my mother's dining room table as Sally takes me page by page through the book, having edited the entire thing! At one point she remarks on one of my frequent grammatical missteps by saying "Don't worry, Flannery did that too." Mind blowing, to say the least. Sally passed in 2000, and I was never able to show her the fruits of her generous labors, but I am forever indebted to her belief in what I could accomplish. A remarkable woman, indeed.

I began writing for the Melbourne, Florida publication Ink 19 (which I still do today, as Features Editor), at some point in 1996, doing music criticism and pop culture pieces. At some point I earn the princely sum of $85.00 from a now long defunct website, writing 250 word album reviews. That has remained my highest earning year, writing-wise! Since then I have written for Atlanta Press, The Vinings Gazette, Pop Culture Press, Country Standard Time, Classic Drummer, Amplifier, Popmatters.com, The Big Takeover and a few more that I can no longer remember- which might be a good thing!

"Hide In Light" is the story, simply put, of man's eventual extinction. Why this concept came to me in 1995 I have no idea, other than my general sour view of humanity, but the events of 9.11.2001 reinforced in me the soundness of the books basic concept- that mankind simply isn't intelligent nor humane enough to ultimately survive. When I was working on getting the book ready for publication I thought of moving the novel forward in time- it's set in Atlanta in the days before the summer Olympics of 1996- but decided that 9/11 only further illustrated the point of the book while not really changing it, and the novel worked without including it. I did update certain period references- I called cell phones "car phones" back then- but nothing else has really changed.

In addition to publishing Hide In Light, I am also at work on a new project entitled "Music to Play When I'm Dead", a look at what people would choose to be remembered by musically in their final hour. Also in progress is "Searching For Gram Parsons", a collaborative effort with photographer Nancy Mullis about our attempt to find the spirit of the father of Cosmic American Music in the bleakness of modern California, amid the graffiti of Joshua Tree. Find out more at www.mannormyth.com.



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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frederick L. on May 30, 2013
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Hide in Light is on the one hand a thriller with a supernatural twist, and on the other hand a realistic novel with a single fantastic element that never undercuts the realism. Beneath this carefully balanced arrangement is a notion that is clever, fitting, and unforgettable: the protagonist (or antihero) is a sociopathic murderer-for-hire who has a supernatural talent (I won't give it away) that is being undermined by his growing sensation of an even nastier evolution of the human race around him. Mann's carefully dealt trick over the course of this psychological and philosophical page-turner is to have the reader come to fear that widespread social change even more than the protagonist-killer. With a Nabokovian narrative control, Mann brings the reader to hope that the killer will escape this worst of all possible worlds. Hide in Light is a novel equally fun to read and to ponder. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edwin H. Holmes Jr. on March 19, 2011
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. The book's main character "Adam" is an assassin. Adam is a principled, intelligent character who I came to admire as the plot played out. The story takes place in Atlanta and "The Varsity" and "The Majestic Dinner" are mentioned and described in the book. Atlanta is a beautiful city and this is a wonderful book. I hope James Mann continues with "Adam" in a series.
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This is a captivating tale of crime and cops, as well as something deeper. It's the deeper, more sinister possibilities that captivate the reader. It doesn't disappoint!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David M. Harper on October 30, 2009
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Mr. Mann's first published novel reminds me of the work of Poppy Z. Bright. A dark little thriller, Mann premises the growing conflict between predator and prey, a thinning of the herd and its mentality by a predatory few evolving for just that task.

Having lived his life in Atlanta, Georgia, Mann is well equipped to paint the picture of this dense city, its high ways and by ways, ins and outs, ups and downs with an eye toward writing about what he knows. As much as he gets right in the book, he gets his scenes and settings spot on because he's been there, done that.

Mann's strength is in writing what he knows, what he's experienced, what he's read. As such, the hypothesis of serial killers being part of the evolutionary process - from Ed Gein, to John Gacy, to Ted Bundy, to the fictional protagonists/antagonists in the book - brings in to sharp focus the nearness of the barely restrained and only thinly veiled chaos that surrounds us.
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