THE BLACK ROSE - PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE
About the Author: Robert
At 18, Robert challenged the system and ended up on the wrong side of the law. He became an expatriate from the U.S. for 12 years. Wanted by the FBI, he survived in the Canadian bush and subsequently traveled to Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Spain, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan. During his travels he was detained in federal prison in two countries, but was never convicted of a crime.
He is an accomplished New Orleans blues musician, an artist, a father and husband, and has been a contributing author to international trade magazines for 35 years. The Black Rose began with an autobiographical 500 page manuscript, written in Mexico and Peru in the 1970's. Of course, the new novel is pure fiction...isn't it?
Robert is currently working on a 2nd novel entitled The Cliff House, the story of a 1920's house built on the cliffs high above the untamed Pacific, possessed by the spirits of the mother and two daughters murdered by their father in a moment of desperation during the Great Depression. Voices inhabit the dreams of the future occupants as they sleep in the murdered daughter's upstairs room, calling them to leap from the cliff to free themselves from the guilt that creeps into their souls. Listen closely to your children when they ask, "Mommy, why did I kill somebody?"
The Black Rose represents Robert's introduction into the world of fictional literature.
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