6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
ISBN-13: 978-1482019278 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
BISAC: Fiction / Literary
On September 15, 2009, the chairman of a major New York publishing house is found shot to death in his bedroom. Nearby, in the chairman’s study, lies the manuscript of A Charlatan’s Orbit, by one of America’s most successful and prolific novelists — Randall Ray.
The manuscript, Ray’s 98th and final book, is unlike any of his previous works. Part memoir, part confession, it describes Ray’s curious life — from his charmed childhood in California, to the strange cruelties of small-town India, to the financial and artistic pressures of New York City, and finally to a mysterious island where he now lives with an antique pistol, defending himself from angry natives.
But most of all, the book reveals the surprising truth behind Ray’s stardom — a truth which not only changes his legacy forever, but which exposes his passions, his duplicity, and ultimately the series of murders that have allowed A Charlatan’s Orbit to be written and published at all.
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The Novels in Rhyming Verse…For every book that’s published one
exists — at least as good — which none
have heard of. Books which editors have spurned.
A Xanadu porlocked! Lolita burned!
— from Kamal, Book One, by Zireaux
Canto V, Stanza 119