The Dangerous Illusion of Art
A NEW thriller featuring Laura Cole
Lara Cole is hired to go out to the tall pines of Oregon and report back on how a museum out there is doing with grant money from the National Endowment for the Arts. It sounds sort of like a paid vacation; a chance to recharge her batteries and rest her unquiet mind. Instead, she is chased, she is shot at, she even gets involved with a bunch of lawyers (talk about fun!).
Lara should know better. Art doesn't just sit on its fanny in some building. It is there to stir things up. It is there to cause trouble, and Lara has a way of finding plenty.
John's trilogy of books on sports and philosophy, Socrates the Rower (courage, and self-knowledge); Carrying the Clubs (golf and ethics); and Skiing and the Poetry of Snow (glimpsing the world behind the world) are out there, inert, but steaming, waiting for you to pick them up, read them, and challenge your body and mind as you dive into life.
Now John is writing fiction (intentionally this time).
Blood and Faith is an international thriller involving Russia, Ukraine and the United States in a crisis precipitated by the theft of Eastern Orthodoxy's most sacred Icon. It is timely and historically prescient about the longstanding quarrels between Russia and Ukraine.
In the sequel, The Dangerous Illusion of Art, Lara seeks to regain her equilibrium, only to be tossed about in the world of money laundering, fake art, local politics, and rural mayhem. It quickens her senses, and her desire for romance.
John is available for readings and lectures. For inquiries and scheduling, please use the contact form here.