Bruce Hartman The Rules of Dreaming

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The Rules of Dreaming

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One of Kirkus Reviews "Top 100" Indie Books of 2013
MADNESS,  BLACKMAIL AND  MURDER.
A beautiful graduate student suspects that her psychiatrist is ruled by the fantasies of a poet who's been dead for two hundred years...
A mental patient with no musical training sits down at the piano and plays a fiendishly difficult piece of classical music...
A young doctor's life spins out of control as he falls under the spell of three irresistible women...
Art and illusion.  Deception and delusion.  Sex, evil and death.

"A mind-bending marriage of ambitious literary theory and classic murder mystery... In this intricately plotted novel, Hartman spins the familiar trappings of gothic mystery together with a fresh postmodern sensibility, producing a story that's as rich and satisfying as it is difficult to categorize.... As Hartman skillfully blurs the lines between fiction and reality, the book becomes a profound meditation on art, identity and their messy spheres of influence... A exciting, original take on the literary mystery genre."  --- Kirkus Reviews

Awarded the Kirkus Star for Books of Exceptional Merit.


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Bruce Hartman lives with his wife in Philadelphia. He has worked as a pianist, music teacher, bookseller and attorney and has been writing fiction for many years. His latest novel, BIG DATA IS WATCHING YOU!, is a satirical comic dystopia set in a future in which the all-powerful force of Big Data rules humanity through the Internet of Things and the corporate power of Goozle Inc. The book is intended to be fun. To quote Groucho Marx: "Humor is reason gone mad."

BIG DATA IS WATCHING YOU! follows on the success of the comic satire, A BUTTERFLY IN PHILADELPHIA, which has garnered a following on Amazon, recently reaching No. 3 on the paid best-seller list for literary satire. Jack Magnus of Readers Favorite Book Reviews called it "one of the strange comic masterpieces that you're quite lucky to run across once in a very great while."

Bruce Hartman's other books have been mysteries. His first novel, PERFECTLY HEALTHY MAN DROPS DEAD, won the Salvo Press Mystery Novel Award and was published by Salvo Press in 2008. His second book, THE RULES OF DREAMING, was published by Swallow Tail Press in May 2013. Kirkus Reviews, in awarding it the Kirkus Star for Books of Exceptional Merit, called it "a mind-bending marriage of ambitious literary theory and classic murder mystery." Kirkus selected the book as one of its "Top 100 Indie Books of 2013." Another mystery, THE MUSE OF VIOLENCE, was also published in 2013.

THE PHILOSOPHICAL DETECTIVE was published in 2014, featuring the iconic Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges wrestling with an extraordinary series of crimes and the equally baffling conundrums of literature and philosophy, including Zeno's paradoxes, the mind/body problem, and the mysteries of destiny, personal identity and artistic creation.

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"A mind-bending marriage of ambitious literary theory and classic murder mystery....  In this intricately plotted novel, Hartman... spins the familiar trappings of gothic mystery together with a fresh postmodern sensibility, producing a story that's as rich and satisfying as it is difficult to categorize....  As Hartman skillfully blurs the lines between fiction and reality, the book becomes a profound meditation on art, identity and their messy spheres of influence.  An exciting, original take on the literary mystery genre."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Bruce Hartman is a superb story teller and 'The Rules of Dreaming' is one of the most intriguing novels I have read in a long time....  A creative plot, an excellent descriptive style and a flow of words that is natural are the main elements that make a great novel, and this one qualifies easily. This is a book that I will recommend to my family and friends and to the reading public in general."
-- Maria Beltran, Readers' Favorite Book Reviews

"'The Rules of Dreaming'" works on so many levels.... It is a great read and highly recommended."
Five Stars.
--  Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite Book Reviews.

"Highly Recommended."
--  Peter Klein, Allbooks Review Int.

"While you read this marvelous work by Bruce Hartman you get caught up in the madness of the story, which twists and turns and returns. I recommend this book strongly to anyone who enjoys a fine mystery, laced with a little madness, mischief and the macabre."  Five Stars.
--  Michael McManus, Readers' Favorite Book Reviews.

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