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Heat-1973-cover

Wallet, car keys, thirty-eight . . .

Growing up, adults badgered me for wasting my potential. So, at 17, I become a THC entrepreneur. I learn a lot about life, people & competition.

As an Imaginoir, Heat 1973 combines memoir, alternative history and crime genres. The story is narrated in the first person, from the “criminal’s” perspective. The internal arc combines coming of age and psychological mystery tropes. 

Why does an affluent, suburban teen willingly step into the criminal world? 

Based on actual events from the author’s life, Heat (1973) elucidates by weaving rival narratives – one an introspective confession by the narrator, the other a psychological profile by the narcotics detective. Set in the dusk of Motor City’s eminence, Heat (1973) documents the demise of a personal empire in the context of a great city’s looming fall.

Heat 1973 explores one of the intractable issues of our era.

Is social deviance a pathology of persons deficient in empathy, or a label neurotypical society assigns to the neurodivergent?

 

Based on actual events from the author’s life, Heat (1973) expounds by weaving rival narratives – one an introspective confession by the narrator, the other a psychological profile by the narcotics detective. Set in the dusk of Motor City’s eminence, Heat (1973) documents the demise of a personal empire in the context of a great city’s looming fall.

Seventeen year old suburban college student, Jo, sells a little cannabis for spending money. But uptown cocaine dealer, Duncan, offers Jo a way to expand his entrepreneurial activity – heat.

Wallet, car keys, thirty-eight: in Jo’s Hyperkinetic mind, the notion conjures visions of the respect that’s eluded him all his life. But does he really need to carry a thirty-eight when he’s just small time?

Duncan’s wife, Chantelle, insists he’ll succeed without it. Chantelle’s ambition and intellect are a rare match for his own, which sparks a different kind of heat in Jo. After a wild party, he’s more worried about Duncan than rival weed dealers.

The thirty-eight delivers Jo from competitors and gains him the respect he needs to expand into new products. Like the city around him, Jo feels invincible. But in this mysterious new world, respect precipitates confrontation.

Duncan figures out Jo’s infatuation with Chantelle. Jo’s entrepreneurial rivals conspire to shut down all competition. Jo is forced to reckon with the inevitable. Will he actually pull the trigger if he needs to?

Heat 1973 character book

As a 3D artist, I enjoy creating visuals

After my first draft of Heat 1973, I created these character cards. Now, they’re available as a Character Book. It’s formatted or mobile devices – view characters as you read. It features

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