Bluffing by Larry Ketron
ISBN 978-0-9911124-1-8, 315 pp., softcover, $14.95 (SC tax 7%)
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At home in the South, a retired and aging Jay Bluffing runs across an old magazine article that triggers the remembrance of a significant period in his life, decades ago. It's the mid-1980s and Bluffing, crushed by an incident involving his law practice, has left Kentucky and landed on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Bluffing is a look back at a New York City whose face was just beginning to change. A time when a subway token was ninety cents, Mayor Ed Koch was asking, "How am I doing?" and there was a neighborhood coffee shop or bodega on every corner. There weren't yet fences weaving all through Central Park to keep everyone off the grass, and people could jog through or around it without being run over by speeding bicycles.
As he wanders the city in search of himself, his wry sense of humor intact, a chance meeting with playwright and screenwriter Marty Sequatchee throws Bluffing into a world of Off-Broadway theatre, beautiful young actresses ... and murder.
About the author: Larry Ketron is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. Many of his plays have been produced in New York City and elsewhere and are published by Dramatist Play Service. Among his half-dozen film credits are Fresh Horses and The Only Thrill, both adapted from his plays. Mr. Ketron was the playwright in residence at the WPA Theatre in New York for eight years (Kyle Renick, artistic director). He has received a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship for playwriting. Bluffing is his first novel.