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Spring in New York finds a group of seven friends struggling to reunite a year after college. There’s the beautiful, yet all-too-trusting Lana; David, the urbane womanizer; lost Aaron; Amanda, the ambitious opportunist; and Hunter, the troubled pariah. Telling their story is Will Harrison who, while trying to bring his friends together, begins to explore a future with his childhood sweetheart, Emily. Dingy subways, towering apartments, candlelit tables, white hospital rooms, and of course, Central Park, are just some of the destinations in this story of relationships – both strengthened and forgotten.
"The novel, a work of literary fiction, is the story of seven friends in New York City struggling to reconnect a year after graduating from college.
The narrator, Will Harrison, works to form, maintain and explore the relationship dynamics (both romantic and platonic) within his group of friends while also endeavoring to find an identity for himself in the unfamiliar world of post-grad life." The Fordham Observer
"You have a great understanding of the characters that have passion for the sport and the cars that they race. I enjoyed the book immensely. Great story."
"Stern's sense of dialog and breezy style as well as his occasional spot on observations of the vintage racing scene make for a tough book to put down," Vintage Sports Car
The fact that Cosmo Costello, a well-known Central Florida mobster, is killed doesn’t send seismic waves through the law enforcement community except when it is discovered that a rather significant amount of cocaine is missing
Full time automotive journalist and part time special deputy sheriff Thomas Ballard and his significant other, full time Orange County Florida Sheriff’s detective Olivia Nederfield get called into headquarters to identify Costello’s remains. The only apparent clue is a photograph dedicated to the deceased by an aspiring young stock car driver and a calendar with entries coinciding with car races in which he is racing, together with what appears to be payments of significant amounts of money
The next race is at the iconic Daytona Speedway and Olivia and Thomas set off to try and connect the dots…find the killer and find the drugs in the fast paced world of automobile racing
"Let's cut right to the chase, Stern's third Thomas Ballard novel, Panic in the Pits, is even better than his first two-and we loved the first two." Victory Lane
This year’s auction is being touted as the biggest assemblage of cars ever-over 5,000 vehicles are planned to be offered for sale. The logistics of moving over 70,000 spectators in, out and around the convention center is routine. Basically, this should be a very relaxing seven-day event for automobile journalist and special deputy, Thomas Ballard, but when a priceless Bugatti and its owner are missing, his plans change in a hurry.
When is less-more? When you are investigating what seems like corporate intellectual property theft, and two very prime participants: the developer of the IP software and president of Surram Technologies; and its chief competitor and most likely culprit in the heist, each turn up dead.
Are the two deaths related or is the timing coincidental? Stephen Blackman does not believe in coincidences, however since each man was locked in vicious domestics disputes with spouses who each owned a significant share in the respective high-tech companies, outside forces may be at work. The fact that the decedents are siblings, also adds another dimension to the mystery.
There are simply too many people who would benefit from the demise of either or both men, including a disgruntled former employee of Surram, who claims the software was stolen from him. The investigation is further hampered by security issues relating to the application of the software to a critical defense program.
All the unravelling may lead to the conclusion that Humpty Dumpty may never be put back together again.
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