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The Potrero Complex

The Potrero Complex

Current price: $18.95
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2022
Publisher:
Regal House Publishing
ISBN:
9781646032501
Pages:
270
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Description

Journalist Rags Goldner is battle-scarred and heartbroken after covering a devastating pandemic that rages in Baltimore for five years. She leaves the city with her partner in search of a simpler life in small-town Maryland—only to discover nothing in Canary is simple. A teenager is missing, and it falls to Rags to fight the forces of apathy, paranoia, and creeping fascism to learn the shocking truth about Effie Rutter’s fate—and the fate of thousands like her.

About the Author

Amy L. Bernstein writes for the page, the stage, and forms in between. In addition to forthcoming novels, short plays have been published by Routledge and Leicester Bay Theatricals; short fiction by Flying Ketchup Press, Fleas on the Dog, and Parliament Lit; and poetry by Passaic/Voluspa, Yellow Arrow Journal, Erbacce, and Medium publications. She is a 2014 recipient of a Ruby Artist Award from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and an award-winning former journalist.

Praise for The Potrero Complex

"A near-future, post-pandemic novel of lost lives and liberties, The Potrero Complex speaks directly to the challenges of contemporary life. Amy Bernstein has written a scarily prescient novel that deftly explores the fraught connections between individuality, society, public policy, and technology." —Courtney Harler, Harler Literary LLC

"Bernstein sets us in a post-pandemic time just the barest bit beyond our own, on the way to a dystopia that feels too frightening and too familiar. A thoughtful, complex, well-executed novel--not a who-done-it? but a much scarier what-in-the-hell-is-happening?” —Robert Kanigel, bestselling author of The Man Who Knew Infinity and National Book Critics Circle award finalist

"An emotional, haunting tale leaves you with more questions than answers, and that's a good thing. A memorable and timely reminder that there are no easy solutions when fear and conspiracy feed like hungry beasts and the innocent exist simply for the taking." —PJ McIlvaine, screenwriter of My Horrible Year

"An intelligently conceived tale of an unthinkable yet credible future. A novel of dark deeds in dark times." —Karen S. Bennett, author of Beautiful Horse

"Richly textured, with many evocative threads [that] explore the culture of a post-pandemic small town—a town that camouflages its disturbing secrets. A cautionary tale." —Kathy Mangan, Professor Emeritus, McDaniel College, and author of Taproot

"A complicated tale of post-pandemic times in the not-so-distant future, where share cars, data phones, and respies figure into a plot that is scarily believable." —Avery Caswell, author of Salvation

"Anyone immersed in the experience and possible outcomes of social change after this pandemic will find The Potrero Complex frightening and hard to put down, presenting thought-provoking insights on the progress and erosion of freedom in the name of safety and social preservation. It's a story highly recommended for libraries interested not just in thriller and suspense stories, but accounts that encourage close examination of liberty, life, and making a stand to preserve both against all odds." --Midwest Book Review

"It's a story highly recommended for libraries interested not just in thriller and suspense stories, but accounts that encourage close examination of liberty, life, and making a stand to preserve both against all odds. Book club readers will find these themes packed with discussion points, while those interested in mystery and suspense will find this social inspection firmly rooted in a compelling drama that features a surprising outcome." D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review