K. C. Frederick Accomplices

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Set in a central European country about five years after the fall of communism, K. C. Frederick's third novel, ACCOMPLICES, moves with a fevered urgency reminiscent of Graham Greene. As the nation confronts unprecedented changes, the protagonist, Stivan, must put his own life together. A man who's become accustomed to thinking of himself as a failure and a victim, he's driven by a crippling loneliness to seek a relationship with his former nurse. In re-opening this connection, though, Stivan gets a good deal more than he bargained for. Anya, whom he's considered an icon of solidity, has recently had serious problems of her own and things are further complicated when he agrees to shelter her brother Leni, on the run from his gangster boss in Paris.

When Stivan discovers that the priest he's working for is involved in illegal activities, he's faced with further dangerous choices. In a landscape that's constantly shifting, Stivan and Anya are determined to believe in a future even as they come to recognize how inescapably their personal lives are entwined with the uncertainties of a larger world, where enemies are hard to tell from friends and the unlikeliest people may turn out to be accomplices.

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K.C. (Chet) Frederick’s third novel, ACCOMPLICES marks a continuation of both style and substance previously in evidence in COUNTRY OF MEMORY (1998) and The 14th Day (2000) that have been widely praised. Each deals with Eastern Europeans, each focuses on alienation and internal struggles to liberate oneself, and each carries a Kafkaesque sense of dread.

ACCOMPLICES, like its forbearers, is a novel underlined by a sense of nameless anxiety, displaced people, tenuous connections, dark musings, and paranoia, though, as Charles Manson once said, "just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you." And because Chet’s story unfolds in a country in turmoil, five years after a social revolution, but with the former repressive ruling class still functioning, this concept is particularly apt.

The protagonists are Stivan, a man with deep psychic wounds, who dares to leave the confines of his apartment, Anya, his former nurse, her brother Leni, who is fleeing from a criminal gang in Paris that he was part of, and a priest who is illegally sheltering immigrants despite the threat of retaliation from both the law and xenophobic nationalists.

That this group of crippled people can take small steps to reach out to one another, become unlikely accomplices, and move beyond their personal wounds, is a testament to the human spirit on a landscape that might otherwise be devoid of hope.

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K.C. FREDERICK has published 4 novels with the Permanent Press. INLAND (2006) won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England award. His short stories have appeared in many journals, a good number have been cited in the annual collections of Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prizes and several have been anthologized. In addition to this recognition, his work has won him a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Born and raised in Detroit, K.C. Frederick lives in the Boston area.

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