William J. Palmer

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The Uses of Money: (Softcover: $20: ISBN-978-1-68114-245-6, 188pp, 6X9”; Hardcover: $35: ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-246-3; EBSCO EBook: $2.99: ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-247-0; LCCN: 2016905065; Release: October 1, 2016; Purchase on Amazon or Barnes & Noble): In post-hurricanes, post-earthquake Haiti, a rich American on an impulsive mission trip meets and falls in love with a nurse practitioner who doctors for a whole area of the Haitian massif. When his love is kidnapped for ransom by a vuoduo-influenced dispossessed villager, he is drawn back to Haiti to pay the ransom and rescue her. At times a romance, at times a kidnap thriller, but always a work of global social consciousness, The Uses of Money explores the potential for humanitarian aid to the world’s poorest heart of darkness.

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Two Cities: ($20, 256pp, 6X9”: Softcover: ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-364-4; $35: Hardcover: ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-365-1; $2.99: EBook: ISBN-13: 978-1-68114-366-8; LCCN: 2017946908; Ecological Thriller; Release: November 1, 2017): A bi-coastal political eco-thriller, it is set in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles in the near present. Played out against the backdrop of a dysfunctional government and the lobbying power of Big Oil, two brothers, one a Washington political activist, the other a Los Angeles celebrity lawyer, fall under the spell of a charismatic eco-rock singer and activist who is organizing the biggest protest march in history. When that march careens out of control and into tragedy, the brothers must deal with a kidnapping, a daring rescue attempt, and an inspired act of brotherly heroism right out of the Dickensian precursor that this novel channels.

William J. Palmer is Professor Emeritus of English at Purdue University. The Uses of Money is his eighth novel. The four novels in his “Mr. Dickens” series of Victorian murder mysteries have been chosen as selections by numerous national book clubs, and have been translated into Spanish and Japanese. The three novels of his The Wabash Trilogy include a sports novel, a crime novel and a comic novel, all set in the Wabash valley of Indiana in the late 20th-Century. Website: wjpalmernovelist.wordpress.com

“Palmer maintains the fast-paced, high-stakes plot his thrill-seeking readers adore… Although the plot may be a work of fiction, the descriptions of Haitian life are very much based in reality. As research for the novel, Palmer interviewed several individuals who traveled to Haiti on mission trips.” –Purdue Exponent, Alyssa Fanara, “Author addresses Haitian living conditions, corruption in new thriller novel,” October 12, 2016

Notice on the novel, because Palmer is a ’65, ’69 graduate of the university, in The Notre Dame Magazine, Winter 16-17 quarterly issue

About William J. Palmer’s Fiction:

“Unbridled period adventure.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Atmospheric and cunningly plotted.” –Booklist

“Bravo, William Palmer, on a superb performance.” –St. Louis Post Dispatch

“Amazingly entertaining, suspenseful reading.” –Booklist

“The novel, with elegant literary flair, provides a satisfying blend of scholarship and imagination.” –Chicago Sun-Times

“A madcap chase… full of sudden turns… and the pace is breakneck. Read this one in front of a roaring fire, sipping sherry while the sinister fog fills the streets.” –Kansas City Star

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