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Undertow

Adler, Warren

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ISBN 10: 1931304483 / ISBN 13: 9781931304481
Published by Stonehouse Press, 2001
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Title: Undertow

Publisher: Stonehouse Press

Publication Date: 2001

Book Condition:Good

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A womanizing married Senator, enjoying a tryst in his Delaware beach home with a beautiful black woman, discovers that his paramour has accidentally drowned. Aware of the scandal that could ensue and destroy his political career, the Senator mounts a campaign of cover-up and cynical lies designed to deflect the potential damage. This suspenseful tale of adultery, media manipulation, and political chicanery has familiar overtones and exposes the dilemma faced by any public figure who chooses the path of dissimulation and lying to protect his or her career. This story mirrors today's headlines and provides insights into the dark netherworld of political manipulation.

From the Author:

The Story Behind My Very First Novel: Undertow

I have always been both fascinated and appalled about how celebrity, power, money and influence combine to skew the course of fairness and justice, even in America, which boasts one of the least corruptive societies in the world.

Undertow deals with a United States senator who finds himself in a situation where his misconduct, if revealed, could impact and ultimately ruin his political career. It is, of course, an old story. Getting elected and reelected to public office is all about manipulation of information. Hordes of public relations consultants conspire to assist politicians in honing their public persona. In most cases, they contrive and sculpt clever manipulators designed to allow them to be elected or hold on to public office.

The novel follows my fictional senator through all the machinations of cover-up and chicanery to maintain his reputation and his job. I know the turf well. I was a political consultant for a number of campaigns and participated in the contrivance skills required for a politician to pursue his career.

The Inspiration

The novel was inspired by the events at Chappaquiddick and how Senator Kennedy managed to escape the ill effects of his career by an astonishing strategy that kept him a viable politician. His is but one example of how celebrity, power, and money can influence events.

Although inspired by those events, my novel is totally different: the geography is different, the characters are different and, in many ways, the plot is different. But the basic premise remains the same. It is a story of cynicism and manipulation, not getting away with murder, but altering the perception of events to distort the truth.

Starting My Writing Career

This was my first published novel and the way it happened is a story of blind luck. I had finished the manuscript and it had received the usual rejections that a first novel typically receives. At the time, I was running an advertising and public relations agency in Washington, which I had founded, but my true ambition was to become a working novelist.

Then a man walked into my office and changed my life.

The man, John David Garcia, had written a brilliant book titled The Moral Society. He arrived at my office by simply picking my agency name out of the yellow pages. His objective was to find an agency that could help him promote his book published by a small publisher in Philadelphia. I liked John instantly and although I had not read his book I agreed to help him publicize it, a difficult task at best.

When he asked me about what our fee would be, I had the eureka moment that would profoundly impact my future. I told him that if he could persuade his small publisher to publish my first novel, that would serve as the fee. He apparently liked the challenge, submitted the book to his publisher and I had a deal. No advance was involved but publishing the novel was good enough for me. As they say, the rest is history.

The novel was titled Options originally. It was not reviewed and had no distribution to speak of although I did arrange a personal tour to a number of states at my own expense. There were no books in the local stores and, as a result, there were very few sales. I did manage to get booked on a number of TV and radio shows and garnered some newspaper coverage, but it was meager and hardly noticed. At one San Francisco TV station, I was just about to be interviewed and while I sat in the chair next to the interviewer the scene shifted to Nixon as he boarded a helicopter, taking him away from the White House after resigning. I left the station without ever being introduced and completed my interview with the taxi driver who drove us back to the hotel.

But, as they say, I was on the boards and with my first published novel as leverage I had acquired the credibility to be seriously considered by major publishers. It was a modest beginning, but the door was open at last and I have managed to pursue a most satisfying career with over fifty published works of fiction in thirty languages, two major movies, a national network miniseries. Who knows what the future will bring.

As for John David Garcia, he is an unsung hero in many respects. His book The Moral Society is a masterpiece. He was ahead of his time, a man of great vision and integrity. His book was an uncanny predictor of events. He died a while ago, but I feel certain that his legacy will live on. Obviously, I owe my writing career to him and I gratefully acknowledge his influence.

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