Fiction. Like a piano-player striving to make music in a whorehouse, Lou seeks earnestly, desperately to fathom rollicking episodes of crime and corruption on both coasts of the imploding American Empire. A sports-loving western city is ruled by competing megachurches that deal drugs and corrupt young cheerleaders; high-end apartments erected by the Mafia kingpin ruling New Jersey crack like the House of Usher and create a tidal wave in a New Jersey swamp; a socially-prominent professor of psychology wants to obliterate his plucky young ex-lover with an SUV; a WASP socialite-detective contends with a black woman who may be right that her family wants her dead; frustrated wives of aging billionaires molest a talented gay executive in limos and the Temple of Dendur. We meet the elites; we meet the Mafia's Jackhammer, his vengeful wife, the Toilet, and Pustule Pete; we meet Mayor Daley, Governor Uomo, Rudolph Guissilini, and Elliott Spitter—and we meet earnest, intelligent souls like Lou and his friend the retired gay catcher of the New York Mets contending with these mysteries. Could love be the answer to all the problems?
A native of Southern California, Lou Rowan received most of his formal education in the Atlantic states. Living in and around New York City, he earned his living as a teacher, and as an institutional investor. The early onslaught of the derivatives "revolution" drove him to Washington State, to a then-stable pension investment firm, and in 2003 he forwent finance to write full-time. The same year marked the advent of Golden Handcuffs Review, which he continues to edit. His informal education began in the Lower East Side of "The City," when the artistic experiments in and around St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery flourished. He is eternally grateful to the English Department at Harvard University for making the formal study of academic literature repugnant to him. Lou Rowan's books include Love's, poetry, 2016; The Alphabet of Love Serial, stories, 2015; My Last Days, Superman's autobiography, 2007; SWEET POTATOES, stories (Ahadada Books, 2008); and A MYSTERY'S NO PROBLEM, novel (Equus Press, 2016).Author City: Seattle, WA USA