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A FILTHY BUSINESS - Kindle in Motion

Friday, April 28, 2017

Just a quick note about the new book, A FILTHY BUSINESS.

The book has been coolly illustrated with videos and photographs by a smoking production company in Seattle.  You can read it without the illustrations if you choose, but if you read your Kindles on an iPad or a Kindle Fire or any other tablet or computer, including your phone, you can turn on the Kindle in Motion and get the illustrations for no extra charge.

I was involved in working with the production company every step of the way. The key, I thought, was to enhance the story instead of pulling the reader away from the story, and I think the stuff in this book does just that.  There is no sound in the videos, which would be distracting, but, for example, when Phil talks about a wild drug fueled orgy, the left margin of the page shows a stream of pills and joints falling in an endless loop, which gives a nice hallucinatory sense to the words.

There is one moment in the book when Phil discusses his grandfather's death and he remembers eating ice cream and watching cartoons on television and being perfectly happy even though his grandfather had just died because, well, because he was eating ice cream and watching cartoons.  As he relays this we see a little video of a bowl of ice cream set on a tray before a television spooling a little cartoon. That's my favorite image in the book and the video slays whenever I see it.

So there it is.  Give it a shot and let me know if you think the illustrations enhanced the experience of the book.



A Filthy Business - Now Out

Hey Guys, the new book is coming out on May 2 and I think its a hum doozy.

So, imagine the worst bar in America, a dusty desert shack with a lachrymose barkeep and the smell of death in the air. Imagine you’re a reporter hunting for the story that might make your career, and that maybe you’re also hunting for something like revenge. And then imagine the man who could get both things for you, the glorious career jolt and the revenge you seek, walks into the bar. But he is not what you imagined him to be at all.

The man’s name is Phil Kubiak. He was once handsome and athletic, a perfect specimen of a certain type who spent his days running the most appalling errands for the appalling rich. Now he’s a shell of his former self, physically broken and on the run from operatives on both sides of the law. As a reporter you fully expected to use this man any way you could, because that is what reporters do, but suddenly, with one look, you have doubts.
A physical ruin, he can't enact your vengeance or grace the cover of the glossy magazines you write for. All he has for you is a story, but it turns out to be a hell of a story. His rise, his fall, his redemption -- and all of that stuff comes before he even starts working for an organization called the Hyena Squad. It is only after he becomes a Hyena, and finally learns exactly what kind of creature he is, that the real fun begins.

It turns out his story is all about change, how he turned from one thing to another, and as you listen, recording every word on your trusty digital recorder, you find that you start changing, too. And you begin to wonder who is using whom, and why.

But cheer up, in the worst bar in America the beer might always be warm and the picked eggs might bite back, but the Scotch is surprisingly brilliant and the story, the story, will sear your soul.
Well, at least that was the idea.  give it a read and let me know what you think.