Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead by Miriam Pia

Hail, and welcome. 

Clearly, you came here looking for adventure, and I certainly won't deny you that.  I don't know what sized town or city you are used to living in, but The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead in set in Indianapolis.  The whole thing about Indianapolis is that it is a big city, but not a giant city.  It deals with being a Midwestern city rather than having the glamor of some of the other parts of the nation.

Hence, our story begins:  Indianapolis was striving to become a big city that New Yorkers no longer laughed at.  Chicago and sometimes Detroit managed to achieve that, has Indianapolis? 

With much of the sparkle of a big city, and all the attractions of city life that those who flee small towns are hoping for, Indianapolis is often a great middle ground between living in a small city or a town and Megalopolis. 

Every location has it's pros and cons:  Indianapolis, at least between 1980 and 20XX suffers from meth amphetamine drug crime to varying degrees.  Embarrassing as that is, that problem proved to be the inspiration for the plot of The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead.

Double Lives

I have always been fascinated by 'double lives' as a concept.  It started out at work – there are natural boundaries between our public and private selves.  In extreme cases, the difference amounts to a double life.  Do you lead a double life?  Do any of your friends?  Maybe no one you know even does but you experience fear, perhaps, of being 'found out' - the contrast between your public and your private self. 

Tutweiler Buckhead

Named after the glamorous upscale neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia, Tutweiler Buckhead keeps his work life separate from his private life, at least most of the time.  He is a well dressed man.  He is a corporate executive.  He is an administrator, a manager.  He is a handsome, respectable man.  He is urban and urbane. 

No one would suspect.

Suspect what?

Read the novel and see.

The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead
Miriam Pia

Genre: urban fiction, magical realism,
crime fiction, mystery

Publisher: SBPRA

Date of Publication:  2015
ISBN: 978-1628572254

Number of pages:300
Word Count: 95,000

Book Description:

Frustrated by the audacity of local villains, the sheriff of Marion County turns to the mayor. Urban fiction set in a real city, The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead takes some of the charm of vigilante comic book heroism and mixes it with the nitty gritty of contemporary crime fiction.

A band of champions searches for the missing pieces in the evil plot of a local drug kingpin in The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead: An Adventure in Indianapolis.

Ideal for those who love events of the outside world and the workings of the mind – characters’ actions and thoughts are portrayed in this contemporary novel – with just a touch of magic.

Chapter 1: Help When You Need It

Welcome to the Circle City; crossroads of the Midwest. A major goal was to stop being a place that New Yorkers laughed at. Finally this had happened. The new Mayor was Jason Boggs. He was the city‟s record youngest municipal leader at the ripe old age of 32.

Mayor Boggs had found the debriefings he received from the local law enforcement agencies to be sobering at best and rather disheartening. He told himself in the office after hearing over an hour about some of the local semi-organized crime, “It‟ a good thing I was born cynical or I would be incredibly depressed after that.”

Jason had managed to get elected because he was an innovative leader with a combination of intense drive, profound kind heartedness, was very clever and able to handle subtlety.

A local law enforcement leader had just informed him that he suspected that they had a cocaine dealer in the area who was moving goods at the international level and doing possibly up to a billion dollars of business in a year.

The worst part about cocaine traffickers, was that once they „went big‟ they tended to have more firearms than some of the smaller time dealers, and they tended to be slick, and they often had a lot of „respectable‟ customers.

Jason thought about it. Yuppies living in his own city‟s cherished condominiums dressing professionally and working decent jobs were equally or more liable to be supporting this villain than the blue collar working class. The 3 other thing about cocaine is that like credit cards, most poor people cannot afford it.

He determined that because of all this, he wanted to get rid of the villain as quietly and subtly as the customers made the most of the available drugs.

He had a long think in his office and then played 4 hours of video games in a row at home that night before finally falling into a fitful slumber. He muttered as he tossed and turned, “get rid of them”…”don‟t make a scene”…”no, it‟s not okay actually”…”the police”…”voters”…eventually he drifted off to sleep.

The next morning, Jason Boggs woke up and wrote briefly in a notebook that he kept by his bed. Then he went through the normal waking and dressing routines and set out to help his fair city once again. He breathed cheerfully and deeply into the fresh morning air because, dear readers, he had a plan to tackle this beast of a local problem.

He called around to people who, well, it‟s better if you don‟t even know Reader. That‟s how secret the information is. They responded according to what they knew. It took Jason hours and well over thirty phone calls to start to find the kind of information that he really needed. After that, he had to schedule in some meetings and attend to less volatile local matters such as the budget, upcoming taxes and how to improve the fitness level of public school students during school hours.
Someone who works „back stage‟ in the local government, gave the Mayor one super important number. This was the magic number to a lone lawyer: a man named Thomas Smith. He was your basic „white guy wasp‟ being predominant ly Americanized ethnic Englishman. He was in his 30‟s. He was very powerful. Financially stable, sharp as a brand new kitchen knife, and imbued with esoteric knowledge and wisdom, Thomas was so much more than just an attorney. He was on a spiritual path that leads men into wizardry, even in the New Millenium.

About the Author:

Miriam Pia has been writing for decades, including over ten years as a professional.  Most of her work was done without a byline and as a ghostwriter.  This is the author's first published novel.

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