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Fictional piracy, real Democrats

Post by David Seago on Dec. 3, 2009 at 11:54 am |
December 3, 2009 3:22 pm

“Margaret Thatcher’s left eyeball bounced off the keyboard and into the pasta.”

Not bad. That’s an enticing early line in fledgling Tacoma author Ken Miller’s just-published first novel about sea piracy, “Langata Rules:  Pirates at Lat 10.” I won’t tell you why Margaret Thatcher’s eyeball was bouncing around the room, but it isn’t as gory as it sounds.

Miller, chairman of the Tacoma Housing Authority board and local Democratic Party stalwart, managed to score for his book a lengthy and serious foreward by U.S. Rep Adam Smith (D-Tacoma). Smith happens to be chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Unconventional Threats.

And better-known local author and Democrat Mark Lindquist (“The King of Methlehem”), who doubles as Pierce County prosecutor, provided a back-cover blurb: ”Ken Miller has crafted a smart, timely thriller about contemporary piracy that is both suspenseful and illuminating.”

These literary Democrats do stick together, don’t they?

“Langata Rules” was published by Mountainland Publishing Inc., which connected with Miller via Craigslist. Suffice it to say Miller didn’t get six-figure advance – or even a four-figure one – but he didn’t have to go the vanity-press route, either. The book is listed on Amazon.com.

I’ll leave it to others to provide reviews. But I’m going to find out what happened after the eyeball bounced into the pasta.

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