Local author Keir Graff will be at After-Words books on September 9, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reading from and signing copies of his book The Price of Liberty.
Both personal and occupational problems beset Red Rock, WY, construction worker Jack McEnroe in this solid political thriller from Graff (One Nation, Under God). Jack's wife, Kyla, who's left him and taken their two young children with her, is now working for, and romantically involved with, his boss, Dave Fetters. A bar fight with Dave's spoiled, greedy son, Shane, jeopardizes Jack's job with Dave's construction company. Meanwhile, Halcyon Corporation, which won a no-bid contract to build Camp Liberty, a massive federal prison for terrorists, has subcontracted with Dave's company for much of the work. When Kyla uncovers ongoing fraud, she turns to Jack for help. Shane's clumsy but deadly attempts at damage control fuel carnage and cause Scott Starr, Halcyon's executive v-p, to order his own people to restore order. Graff's cynical take on government waste and corporate greed plays well. McEnroe is as rugged as the desolate country he lives in, and his gritty do-what-ya-gotta-do actions keep the pages turning easily. --Publishers Weekly, 14th June 2010
Keir Graff is the author of the novels The Price of Liberty (2010), One Nation, Under God (2008), My Fellow Americans (2007), and, under the pseudonym Michael McCulloch, Cold Lessons (2007). His short stories have appeared in a wide variety of publications, from the Portland Review to the Chicago Reader. A former freelance writer, he has written about topics ranging from books and publishing to billiards and cocktails. By day, he is the senior editor of Booklist Online. He lives in Chicago with his wife, two sons, two cats, two goldfish, and about two thousand earthworms. He enjoys drinking scotch whiskey, playing pool, running, and coaching soccer, but not all at once.
Please join us for hors d’oeuvres and wine on Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The author will be reading from his book The Price of Liberty (Severn House, $28.95) and signing copies afterwards.