||April 25, 2012
During this election year, Palmer Morel joins the Occupy movement, but then his close friend ends up dead in the turtle pond in Fearrington Village.
I found a dark-haired tennis pro from Charleston who had played college tennis at Duke. She responded to my plea in Tennis Magazine with a cute, semi-whimsical letter fitted with cut out cartoons from The New Yorker. Each cartoon exhibited one of her many positive qualities, like cooking or self-effacing put-downs. I knew I’d like her.
I especially grew closer to Anna Ventura during her interview at the tennis club when she got up from her seat and closed my office door. I had been goung over her letter and resume' with her when I asked her about one specific New Yorker cartoon, a men’s clothing salesman measuring a customer’s inseam. The cartoon character had asked, “Is it all right with you if a touch your buttocks and run my hand down the inside of your leg?”
I must admit I shunned the Occupiers at first. I felt they were after my money, and they were, but it was more than that. They were sincere, well-dressed, talkative, involved. They all read THE NATION, THE NEW YORKER. They all listened to the Majority Report. They liked Keith Olbermann and Jon Stewart. Horrible people.
They also wanted my soul.
FAUX INTERVIEW WITH BARRY SANDERS
FAUX LARRY ROCHELLE INTERVIEW
WITH BARRY SANDERS of the NEWS & OBSERVER
Barry: So, Occupy Fearrington is the 12th book in your Palmer Morel series?
Larry: Yes, my last one was Bonaventure, set in Savannah.
Barry: Is Palmer still in trouble with the FEDS?
Larry: Yes, his phone is bugged, his activities monitored.
Barry: Is Fearrington Village a big part of the novel?
Larry: Mostly, yes. And at the fictional Deerington Village where Palmer lives. Some scenes are set at The Belted Goat, The Barn, and The Roost. One exciting chase scene takes place along the new Creekwood walking trail in Fearrington. A Fearrington singing group. The Doozies, sings old tunes in the novel.
Barry: You emailed me I have a cameo in your thriller?
Larry: Yes, a news columnist similar to you has a role to play. “Barry Cinders” is a friend of Palmer Morel. That fictional Barry also owns a tricked out car, an older Mercury Marquis with lots of bling and Spinners. Barry and Larry go to a big Occupy protest movement together at Fearrington Village. It’s the climax of the novel.
Barry: Can you tell me a little about the plot? How does the Occupy Movement fit in?
Larry: The Occupy plot is huge and part of the satire. The local right-wing hates the local occupiers. My hero, Palmer Morel, has a girl friend who gets him involved in protesting BOA. So, the police, the mob, and the FEDS target Morel. He has other problems as well. As you know, Morel is a local tennis pro who usually has many women. In this book, he juggles four living women and one dead woman---hard to do on his salary.
Barry: According to your blurb on the book, one of Morel’s women, Anna, drowns in the Turtle Pond?
Larry: Yes, she does, but Morel denies doing it. He says he loves Anna. He would never harm her.
Barry: And what do you think? Would Morel hurt Anna?
Larry: Never. He has a heart of gold. Of course, he’s not very faithful to any one of his women. He likes to love them all.
Barry: In my experience, too much love can spread tension.
Larry: You damn betcha.
Barry: Most of your books include organized crime. Do you think the mob exists in the Triangle area for real?
Larry: Of course, wherever you have prostitutes, topless clubs, drugs and crime, the mob is gonna be there. Palmer tries to avoid the Mob, but he can’t. He becomes entangled. Of course, the Mob is also used by the FEDS in many ways. The MOB and the USA GOVERNMENT are linked in this book and in reality. They feed off each other.
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