Intrigue on the white sands of the Indian Ocean. From the award-winning author of Clifford’s Spiral.
A lonely widower from Los Angeles buys a tour package to East Africa on the promise of hookups and parties. What he finds instead are new reasons to live.
Aldo Barbieri, a slick Italian tour operator, convinces Harry to join a group of adventuresome “voluntourists.” In a resort town on the Indian Ocean, Harry doesn’t find the promised excitement with local ladies. But in the supermarket he meets Esther Mwemba, a demure widow who works as a bookkeeper. The attraction is strong and mutual, but Harry gets worried when he finds out that Esther and Aldo have a history. They introduce him to Victor Skebelsky, rumored to be the meanest man in town. Skebelsky has a plan to convert his grand colonial home and residential compound into a rehab center – as a tax dodge. The scheme calls for Harry to head up the charity. He could live like a wealthy diplomat and it won’t cost him a shilling!
Harry has to come to terms with questions at the heart of his character: Is corruption a fact of life everywhere? Is all love transactional?
Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner is an emotional story of expat intrigue in Africa, reminiscent of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene and The Constant Gardener by John le Carré.
Praise for Clifford’s Spiral (Independent Press Awards 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction)
We’ve seen and noted the comparison of this author by other reviewers to literary giants like Roth and Vonnegut. And we can’t disagree. Yet we feel there may be yet another strata for Gerald Everett Jones, who arguably is doing the best work of his career. We predict that he lacks only a mention in the The New York Review of Books or, better yet, Oprah, to become a nationwide best-selling author. Five-plus stars to Clifford’s Spiral, a true literary novel if ever there was one. We say in all seriousness that if you only read one novel this year, this should be it. – Don Sloan, Publishers Daily Reviews
Preacher Finds a Corpse (NYC Big Book Awards 2020 Winner in Mystery, IPA 2020 Distinguished Favorite in Mystery, Eric Hoffer 2020 Finalist in Mystery)
On the third day of his visit to this beach town, Harry met Esther in the checkout line of the Chandarana store. He and Aldo were on a morning errand scrounging liquor and snacks for their hotel rooms. Aldo was still browsing the wine selections. He drank wine like it was water, but he insisted it be Italian or at worst French and never, unless there was absolutely no choice, South African. (“Troppo forte,” he would say with a sneer.) She was buying milk and bread. She spoke first, looked down at the items in Harry’s cart and quipped, “I hope that’s not breakfast.” Harry smiled and shot back, “I don’t have anyone to tell me whatnot to do. Besides, I think there’s soccer tonight. Excuse me, football. It’s a lot cheaper than room service when we’re watching TV.” She laughed and said, “Honey, the only TV that gets the movies and the games is going to be in the lounge. And there it’s definitely not bring-your-own. And the one in your room? Channel One only. Clips from today’s speeches in the National Assembly and some gospel choir! You only #ip that on so you can fall asleep.” He was struck by how pretty she was. And how relaxed. It was uncharacteristically brave of him to come back with, “You got a better idea?”
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About the author
When I was in high school, my chemistry teacher approached me and asked with a sly grin, “You interested in mining?” I told him absolutely not. I was going to be a writer. Little did I suspect that he wanted to send me to a student conference on metallurgy where I could seek the fellowship of like-minded teens on a minimally supervised road-trip to the Big City. Undeterred by my abrupt negative response, he grumbled, “Well, you’re interested in mining your own business, aren’t you?” And he sent me anyway. Now I realize I should’ve listened more carefully to everything he said.
I write mystery-thrillers and literary fiction for adult readers who seek insight, fascination, and delight in the adventures of their own lives.
I’ve been a professional writer all my working life. I host GetPublished! Radio and I’ve been a regular book reviewer on KRLA-AM in Los Angeles. My book reviews have been syndicated by Splash Magazines Worldwide (splashmagazines.com), and I’m a top reviewer at Goodreads.com. I am a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild, and the Women’s National Book Association, as well as a board member of the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC.org) and a Film Independent (FIND) Fellow. I hold a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the College of Letters, Wesleyan University, where I studied under novelists Peter Boynton (Stone Island), F.D. Reeve (The Red Machines), and Jerzy Kosinski (The Painted Bird, Being There). I’ve also studied screenwriting with John Truby and Lew Hunter (UCLA), and my screenplay Christmas Karma was honored by the WGAW Diversity Program in 2016.
In 2020 I won six book awards: New York City Big Book Awards Winner and Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorite as well as Eric Hoffer Award Finalist in Mystery for Preacher Finds a Corpse, NYC Big Book Awards Distinguished Favorite for Preacher Fakes a Miracle, Eric Hoffer Award Finalist in Business for How to Lie with Charts, and IPA Distinguished Favorite for Clifford’s Spiral in Literary Fiction.
The third novel in the Evan Wycliff series will be Preacher Raises the Dead, which will deal with issues of euthanasia and near-death experience.
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