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"Two sharp novellas that vividly complement each other!" —Kirkus Reviews
New York / Siena
two short novels
The sharply rendered, weirdly palindromic novels of New York / Siena rush with wit and verve to opposite endings. In The Man Who Owned New York, guileless fledgling cleric “Dick Rover” Stackpole is newly installed in 1907 Manhattan’s richest Episcopal parish when his safely bishop-bound future is threatened: A Kansas farmer claims title to the huge chunk of Manhattan property that has enriched the parish since the American Revolution. The farmer’s proofs (and his daughter Delia) look irresistible, and Stackpole intervenes, committing a gaudy crime to secure the farmer's patrimony. Springtime in Siena follows an obscure young academic, hungry for fame and wealth, as he leads a semester-abroad student group to Tuscany in 1974. Knowing his charges are less interested in Italy’s art than in sex, Gary sleeps with his students of both sexes until, coldly modifying his own voracious behavior, he winds up, still hungry, with everything he’s dreamed of.
An impatient Depression-era heiress hurries her inheritance along!
All That Money (2011)
Inspired by Real Events. Celebrity crimes often breed rumors that the victim was complicit. In the Lucie Spode White kidnapping case, the rumors are true.
Falls City's sexy Depression belle is a high-living heiress whose stingy husband expects her to get by on her pin money. She's only 25 and won't come into her inheritance until she's 30. How can she possibly make it? Generous—if ruthless—with her favors, when she can't raise the cash for a room at a hot-pillow motel, Lucie enlists her handsome young lover, Harry Thrall, in a scheme to anticipate part of her inheritance. Just a prank. Can't be a crime if she's in on it, right?
Though pants-on-fire Harry worries that one of them (and he knows who) will end up on Death Row while the other lives it up on Easy Street, he enters into the spirit of the thing. After all, if he's ever going to get to Hollywood, Harry needs money, too.
So off they go, and in come reality and the F.B.I. Lucie finds herself trapped in a closet with a gash in her head, while G-Men dog Harry across the country.
Inspired by the sensational 1934 kidnapping of Mrs. Alice Speed Stoll, All That Money is a fast-moving reverse mystery that takes a rollicking ride with Lucie, Harry, her hapless husband, great relations—and square-jawed Special Agent Joe Albright, sniffing out the trail!
Rex Black builds his comedy club into a global entertainment brand!
Good People (2010)
In the mid-1980s, Rolling Stone proclaims comedy "the rock and roll of the Eighties," inspiring Rex Black, owner of the Upper East Side dive that's New York's hottest comedy club, to sell stock and brand the zeitgeist for his own!
Rex scouts new clients, builds new clubs, recruits Wall Street titan Siggy Brewster to handle an IPO, appeases his Mafioso landlord (without paying the rent), pitches private placements in Tuxedo Park and plays chicken with Madonna in a Central Park running lane. His wife Perri helps Rex chase his dreams, as do Ashley, his blue-blooded club booker; his assistant, Michael, and Michael's partner, bar manager Conor; and irrepressible Joey (A&R, for the empire's music side). Circling them, her fin hardly breaking the waves, sniffing for the blood she senses will soon dye the water—desperate for her break—is comedian Rosetta Stone.
Fast and funny, incisive and heartfelt, Good People plumbs the American appetite to sum up an era of greed and surreal ambition.
A Journal of the Plague Year
Adapted from the book by Daniel Defoe
Chesterfield to His Son
A Rude Romp in One Act
Adapted from the Letters of Lord Chesterfield to His Son
Drawing by Drew Curtis
STEVEN KEY MEYERS was born on a farm near Grand Junction, Colorado, raised in various Midwestern and Eastern locales, and now lives in rural Indiana amidst a wealth of cats and dogs. He earned degrees in English literature at The City College of New York (Phi Beta Kappa) and at C*lumbia Univer$ity.
Meyers began his working career at the age of 17 as underbutler at Caramoor, the great estate in Westchester County north of New York. Later he prospected in Alaska (assisting in a major zinc discovery), made pizzas, taught college, promoted a New York nightclub, proofread at Time Magazine, sold cars, picked apples, peaches and apricots, worked as a convenience store clerk, tutor, landscaper, office temp, legal secretary, cook, dishwasher, carpenter, library researcher, corporate executive, security guard, etc.