The year is 1974. Boston’s Jamaica Plain is a neighborhood under siege, a community
skating along the razor’s edge of decline. The banks have REDLINED Jamaica Plain, causing
the housing market to crash, wiping out local homeowner’s lifetime investments and
opening the neighborhood to blockbusters and slumlords. Now, someone has begun
systematically torching those abandoned buildings and the charred body of Sandy Morgan,
a dedicated young neighborhood organizer, has been found among the ashes. Why? Who
stands to gain?
Community organizer and Marine combat veteran, Jedidiah Flynt and Alex Jordan, his
beautiful Harvard educated researcher together with a group of local property owners are
determined to stop the redlining and and bring the arsonists responsible for Sandy Morgan’s
death to justice. Their search will lead them through a labyrinth of corrupt politicians, Asian
gangsters and bent churchmen.
Two interwoven plots work their way through the narrative, one is absolutely true, the
other never happened, but very well might have.
Thank you, Richard W. Wise and R&R Book Tours
About the auhtor
Richard Wise is the author of three books. His latest novel, REDLINED, A Novel of Boston is a
mystery thriller set in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. PublishersWeekly raves: “Fans
of suspense fiction with a social conscience will be pleased.” Midwest Book Review
describes REDLINED as a “An original and simply riveting novel.” REDLINED was nominated
for the National Book Award and the Benjamin Franklin Award in fiction.
The author’s first book: SECRETS OF THE GEM TRADE, THE CONNOISSEUR’S GUIDE TO
PRECIOUS GEMSTONES was originally published in 2001. The book was serialized in two
magazines and became a critically acclaimed best seller. The second edition appeared in
2016. Extensively revised and rewritten, the 2nd edition has added 127 pages, 11 new
chapters, 5 new introductory essays and 161 additional photographs.
Mr. Wise’s second book,THE FRENCH BLUE, a historical novel published in 2010 was the
winner of a 2011 International Book Award in Historical Fiction. The novel is set in the 17th
Century gem trade. Called “a fine piece of historical fiction” in a 5 star review by Midwest
Book Review, THE FRENCH BLUE tells the back story of the Hope Diamond and the true life
adventures of 17th Century gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier.
Richard Wise has enjoyed a diverse career. He is a veteran of the U. S. Coast Guard. After
receiving his B.A., teaching and doing graduate work at the University of Rhode Island, he
spent most of the decade of the 70s as a professional community organizer. Wise headed
organizing projects in Massachusetts and Rhode island. In the late 1970s he left organizing
and apprenticed as a goldsmith. He studied gemology at the Gemological Institute of
American and received his Graduate Gemologist diploma in 1985. He founded his retail
company R. W. Wise, Goldsmiths, Inc. in the early 1980s and began traveling internationally,
buying gems and writing about them in 1986.
Mr. Wise’s articles have appeared in Gems & Gemology, Lapidary Journal, JQ and Colored
Stone. He is a former Gemology Columnist for National Jeweler and Contributing Editor at
Gem Market News. The author retired from retail in 2012 to pursue his writing. Currently,
he writes a book review column for Gemmology Today Magazine. He lives with his wife and
two cats in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Richard W. Wise: https://www.richardwbooks.com/
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