Laurence's debut novel, "The Istanbul Puzzle" was the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Novel Submitted Award at that year's Southern California Writer's Conference. He followed up that amazing story with the release of "The Jerusalem Puzzle" last December. All three novels feature the same characters as in his debut.
Not only is he a fantastic author, Laurence is a big advocate for indie authors around the world. He regularly features us -- I say us because I am one of those authors who will be eternally grateful -- on his blog as part of his "Emerging Writers" series.
Laurence joins us today with a guest post in which he discusses the themes of THE "The Manhattan Puzzle."
Take it away my friend!
By Laurence O’Bryan
What would you do to a Manhattan banker who treated ordinary people like slaves?
What magic is buried under Manhattan that allows it to rise again from anything the world throws at it?
My personal journey with this story grew out of my disgust at the financial crisis that has brought many so low. I am interested in the myths and the beliefs of those who value money above everything.
But "The Manhattan Puzzle" is about other things too. For instance, what would you do if your partner didn’t come home one night? And what would you think if the police turned up at your door the next day looking for him?
Relationships are under stress everywhere because of the demands placed on us by our jobs, but few of us will face what Isabel has to face when Sean goes missing.
There is violence from the start in "The Manhattan Puzzle" too. The opening has a woman inflicting it on a man. I am tired of reading about men inflicting sexual violence on women. I think it’s time for the handcuffs to swap wrists. And they certainly do in "The Manhattan Puzzle". You can download the first chapter here as a pdf.
But don’t get me wrong. I love Manhattan. It’s a city in a snow globe of dollar bills. So look in your bookstore and on your E-readers and order it too, if you want.
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And thanks for reading this and for buying "The Manhattan Puzzle", if you do. I hope you find it entertaining and the themes interesting.
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