by Scott Humor
I present you with my new book. It is a mystery novel with no geo-politics, so it’s “safe” to recommend to your friends and family. The timing is especially significant, as it is a month before Christmas when we know people get stuck with seasonal depression. Mysteries are considered to be one of the best remedies for the holiday blues. P. J. James, a well known British mystery author, once said that the genre is so popular because it has a calming effect.
“The theory is that the mystery flourishes best in times of acute anxiety and depression, and we’re in a very depressed state at the moment.”
Mystery stories have positive influence over our angst; they appeal to the idea that “no matter how puzzling the crime, a solution exists.” And it exists not by chance, but because of people’s courage, intelligence, and perseverance. In a sense, the detective story is a small celebration of reason and order in an unreasonable and disorderly world.
Mysteries also enforce the idea of inevitable revenge for those whose lives were taken or those who cannot stand for themselves. Something that is especially important for me. In a mystery novel, there is always someone willing to do anything it takes to find a culprit and justice for the victim. These stories ensure us that no one is forgotten.
For those of you who have never read an amateur detective novel and haven’t a clue of the difference between them and hardcore police investigation stories, here is a simple example from the English literature.
In Jane Austen novels, a main character, usually a beautiful, intelligent, and virtuous young woman, wants to get married. She is like a steeplechase horse, seeing a wedding chapel at the end of a mile long track, and jumping over many huddles to achieve marriage to the man of her dreams. We think of these stories as dramas.
In Russian literature, by the way, it’s always a man who does all the racing. We call these novels classic literature.
In P.J. Wodehouse novels, the situation is reversed. His main character, Bertie Wooster, is a young man of means, and is clueless, useless, but well meaning. “A vermin and a parasite,” his aunt calls him. Naturally, he is in possession of everything that young women of Austin’s type go for. They hunt him down like a fox. The only way for him to avoid turning into a gutted and stuffed aristocratic trophy husband is to rely on his loyal butler, Jeeves, whose job is to create insurmountable difficulties and huddles for the ladies to jump and scale, while he and Wooster make their escape across the countryside. Since it’s opposite to drama, it’s a comedy.
Same deal with crime novels, where a usually male police detective with years of service walks a thin blue line between a world of criminals, whom he begrudgingly catches, and a world of civilians, whom he supposedly serves to protect.
Detective stories are the reverse of that. Their main character is almost always a woman with some leisure time on her hands to solve crimes, which she does with energy and perseverance. She doesn’t protect anybody, it’s she who needs nearly constant protection from people, who, for whatever reason, are aggrieved by her snooping. Instead of a wedding chapel at the end of the finish line she expects to find a slice of cake and a cup of tea, or whatever her guilty pleasures are. So, it’s a comedy.
I deviated from the scrip, though, and based the story of an investigation I conducted a few years back, following a hint from an acquaintance after I innocently admitted to not understanding how nonprofit companies bringing immigrants to the US were making their money.
I got a few great readers’ reviews.
Here is my wife’s opinion
Truly engaging, edge of thriller, couldn’t do any other things, but turn page after page.
The characters have been woven excellently… even the pets add liveliness to this writing. Humorous, realistic and excellent climax at the end. Shows the real world relationship as it is, not as some fairytale Hollywood romance stuff. It touches a bit of everyone’s life like need of a good partner, monetary security, empathy and curiosity about things, broken homes, abused childhood, failed and working marriages and children (with a mix of innocence and sometimes mature beyond their years advice).
Well done !! churn more of this stuff
I have been reading it non-stop…it’s almost 6 in the morning . A real Page Turner, and I feel like an addict, craving more and more. Fantastic…
I am not a good critic or reviewer, but when I read this kind of stuff, I picturize them in normal life and try to read the character deeply. It’s been a long time since I have read something that brilliant. So, thanks!
My book is available on the Saker Community Store
CHAOS AND FRACTALS Paperback on Amazon
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Thank you for your support and kind regards
Who is going to take on the tough job of telling Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes that they need a sex-change operation in order to be detectives?
I really enjoyed your last book Hell & Israel. I look forward to reading this book during the Christmas holidays and giving it as a gift.
Thank you so much.
This book makes a great gift for Christmas. It lifts my spirits every time I read it.
We implemented some new functionality over at saker.community … so, if anything goes wrong for you while buying Scott’s book, just get in contact and we will sort it out soonest.
I have not read it yet but look forward to curling up with a novel over the next few weeks. What a novel idea. Its been a year of hard reading of serious stuff!
I’ll pick this up later today, looks interesting.
The whole genre of ‘crime novels’, too, was a Jewish Mafia invention, in times when its intelligence agencies in Britain, France, Germany, America, etc. took on industrial scope, and became more involved in the business of social engineering, miseducating and double-binding the masses than in the classic spy trades. Obfuscating this much more sinister nature of their agenda was, of course, paramount. Crime fiction played a huge part in this scheme. What better way to hide real crimes! Not surprisingly therefore, all major authors in this field have intel connections, then as now.
Interesting observation considering that you commenting an independent author’s work. Modern art, literature and movies all being hijacked by the CIA and the UK secret services to form the Cultural Foundations of the Hegemon’s Covert Empire is a fact. Mysteries is the best literally genre to explore society from within. Dostoevsky was one of the first mystery authors. You think about crime fiction as being a cover up for real crimes, because you only know those major authors connected to the secret services in the UK and the US. You never hear about authors who are not connected, because they are not being promoted.
If I was connected to this “program,” I would sell hundreds of thousands copies on the first day of sales and got a movie deal. Instead, I sold just TWO! copies.
Chances for me, as an independent author, to be a known author at this rate are zilch. The readers who don’t support independent author are stuck with their government approved narration. This program is working perfectly.
Scott, i wonder if anything was ever written on the intel services’ role in the promulgation of modern pop and rock music, since Elvis. It just occurred to me one time that most of the major acts, the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and many more, were (and are, in the case of the RS) firmly controlled and directed by US and/or British intelligence. They were not invented by these agencies from scratch, but taken over somewhere down the line (before these acts became famous, and they did become famous thanks to these powerful ‘friends’ they had made). In mass culture, i suppose, the role of the intelligence agencies is to set, control, subvert trends and/or nip other trends in the bud. I have pondered this topic, off and on, since. To give you a few examples, i perceive (as well as the Beatles and the RS), the following pop music phenomena as mostly or wholly intelligence agency creations: the Sex Pistols, the entire ‘punk rock’ brand, Madonna. This just off the top of my head. Back in the 70s, there was a story in the Soviet youth magazine Rovestnik about how Elvis had been a CIA asset. I thought this was BS at the time. Not anymore, cause i realize the awesome power music has over human hearts. Propaganda value through the roof. An otherwise commonplace thing, when conveyed to the right musical accompniment, is liable to condition you forever.
Major authors yes, and they are even ‘encouraged’ to pen works of a certain kind. That is exactly why we have to work hard for our independent authors.
I finished reading the book over a three day period. The pacing was such that I did not want to put down your book. I was reading it on my tablet and got annoyed having to recharge it overnight to be able to continue the next day, so yes, it was a good read.
Telling the story of immigrants being brought into the country to be exploited was well presented.
The main character has her ups and downs, a checkered past, with a certain naivity that is very appealing.
If you want to offer this as a Christmas present, you will offer a great read for the holidays.
P.D James and P.G. Wodehouse, please.