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THE BOOK: The Big Wheel
PUBLISHED IN: 2014
THE AUTHOR: Scott Archer Jones
THE EDITOR: Phaedra Greenwood, line editor Tom Birol
THE PUBLISHER: Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
SUMMARY: Robko Zlata is careening across America, on the run with a call girl–his ex-wife– on a hot red racing bike. He stole the wrong thing, a device that can guarantee immortality. His wrathful target refuses to lose control of the world’s greatest piece of technology. Robko’s new worst enemy unlooses hundreds of his corporate security in pursuit, and asks his golden boy Thomas Steward to “follow the money” and turn up the thief by massive illegal surveillance. Thomas, morphing into his prey, becomes the most dangerous of hunters. But Thomas could die too: a gang of ex-mercenaries, mostly good at killing, torture, and rape, are hot on both Robko’s and Thomas’s heels. The thugs are ready to murder anyone who has ever touched the immortality device. Throw in the underground world of thieves and billionaires, drugs, punk clubs, five-star hotels and cheap motels, and you’ve got a hell of a ride.
THE BACK STORY: A near-future book, The Big Wheel deals with themes as varied as fate, a medieval-style society where its citizens are trapped in their own societal niches, amorality and unthinking goodness versus evil, crime, drugs, corporate and political corruption, and technology impacts on society. There are also punk bars.
WHY THIS TITLE: The Big Wheel is code for the “Wheel of Fate,” so I semaphore my theme of a medieval society.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Multi-level story ranging from crime-procedural through to the transformation of a Ivy-league character into a criminal.
“I read Jones’ first book so I expected this one to also be quirky. I was not disappointed. The plot is complex while at the same time a simple “bad guys are after the good guys” tale. At several junctures, I knew that I knew how all the plots and subplots were going to be resolved– and I was wrong every time. The world that Jones creates for the novel is fascinating, and, depending upon one’s view of immense corporate power and political corruption, quite believable. Murder and mayhem permeate the pages, interspersed with lots of humor, dark and otherwise, a Jones trademark. The reader is drawn into a series of murky settings and a tour of the recreational pharmaceutical universe. The dialog sparkles, the descriptions are crisp, the pace quick and the writing superb. I found myself re-reading sections just to savor Jones’ wordplay. I was completely caught off guard at the end. A fun book. But you have to pay attention! Worth your time.”
“THE BIG WHEEL by Scott Archer Jones will take you across the country and play with your mind as you read this book full of complex characters that you root for one minute and root against the next.
There are no truly “good guys” in this novel, just levels of lesser evil. Jones pulled me in, twisted me in a cyclone of emotions, and finally dropped me with a splat at the end. I recommend this book to anyone who likes complicated characters in complicated plots. Jones is a master.”
AUTHOR PROFILE: Scott Archer Jones is currently living and working on his sixth and seventh novels in northern New Mexico, after stints in the Netherlands, Scotland and Norway plus less exotic locations. He’s worked for a power company, grocers, a lumberyard, an energy company (for a very long time), and a winery. Now he’s on the masthead of the Prague Revue, and launched a novel last year with Southern Yellow Pine, Jupiter and Gilgamesh, a Novel of Sumeria and Texas. Jupiter was a finalist in four categories of the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards and won a 2015 Bronze IPPY and a 2015 Silver FAPA President’s Award. The next book The Big Wheel, arrived in March, and won FAPA’s Silver and Gold. River Rising is planned for release with Fomite at the end of the year.
Scott cuts all his own firewood, lives a mile from his nearest neighbor and writes grant applications for the community. He is the Treasurer of Shuter Library of Angel Fire, a private 501.C3, and desperately needs your money to keep the doors open.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: The Big Wheel might be considered genre, but I believe literary fiction can take on any genre. I also want to reassure my small fan base that I didn’t purchase and consume the drugs found in the book. I did interview a few people, including two village councilors. Just kidding.
SAMPLE CHAPTER: http://www.scottarcherjones.com/?page_id=366
Garcia Books in Santa Fe, Bookworks in Albuquerque, op.cit. in Taos.
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Online at Southern Yellow Pine Publishing, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: firstname.lastname@example.org