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I have recently completed a crime novel, 'The Watcher', set in present-day Chicago. It tells a big story with dramatic twists, through a flawed protagonist. The Watcher is more an Orwellian social commentary than merely a crime novel, and is a crime novel largely because it is difficult to write about Chicago and not write about crime. Crime in Chicago is not an aberration, but a part of the social fabric. The central character in the novel is Chicago, its neighborhoods, its lakefront, its downtown, its foods, and its icons. The main protagonist is Winston Logan, a flawed electronic surveillance genius who not only has a god-like view of the city, but also intervenes to fight for its soul as he reclaims his own, transitioning from the creep you meet initially. The battleground venue is an election for mayor between machine candidate Mayor Sean Cork running for reelection and Professor Justin Bradley, a reform candidate. Other major players are Candy Carmelo and Angelo Mosconi, of the nuevo mafia, Marco Rojas, with the press, and Max Johnson and Karl Mumfrey, police partners. Their conflicts and alliances give the city nurture to try to overcome its nature. I have been told , by those that have read the novel, that it is a crime thriller that can be enjoyed even by people who don’t normally like crime thrillers.
I belong to the Worcester Writer’s Workshop in Massachusetts where I have had helpful critiques of chapters of my novel as it has progressed. Before retiring two months ago, I was an Executive Director of Public Housing in Massachusetts. My current primary focus is my writing. I have previously written 'Chicago Fires' a book of short stories, and 'South on I-40', a Kerouac-like journey through the Southwest. I have created a writing web site , (fictionbyberniekirstein.com) on which I have enclosed the first 10 pages of 'The Watcher'. The novel has a 73,226 word count in 226 pages. I am currently working on a sequel titled, 'The Watched'.