A Different Point Of View

 
9781931524063: A Different Point Of View

Michael Simmons, Mikey to his boyhood buddies, is a South Philly kid. Growing up a Jew in a predominantly Italian Catholic neighborhood, he learns early that life is a series of alternating feelings of alienation and acceptance. This sets the pattern for his whole life as he becomes a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, even while maintaining his lifelong friendship with Johnny Rags, who has become an important figure in the Philadelphia organized crime scene.

Johnny Rags' influence with people in high places helps Michael go on to achieve great success as a partner in the city's largest and most prestigious law firm and become a mover and shaker in local politics.

At the height of his success, Michael becomes the victim of a dreadful automobile accident in which he suffers brain injuries that destroy his ability to continue his chosen career.

In the grip of severe depression, Michael faces the devil in his soul and decides he must do something drastic to reclaim his life, even though it means leaving his loving wife, Harriet, and assuming a new identity. He sets a new goal; to steal a Native American artifact, a golden arrow, now on exhibit as part of a well-guarded display at a posh Phoenix resort. Only the possession of this arrow, he believes, will restore his sanity and purge the devil within.

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Michael A. Seidman is a retired attorney whose life closely parallels that of his protagonist, Michael Simmons. He was born and raised in the Passyunk and Moore area of South Philadelphia, a neighborhood noted for breeding Runyonesque characters. He practiced law for more than 30 years, both as a successful prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and as a criminal defense attorney in private practice. An automobile accident left him with a brain injury that forced him into retirement. This novel has served both as therapy and as a catharsis to the trauma from the accident. He currently lives in Margate, NJ with his wife Harriet.

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