Announcing a new crime novel from award-winning journalist Bill Fletcher, Jr. – The Man Who Fell From the Sky
In 1970, a sniper’s bullet shocks the sleepy Cape Cod village of Osterville. David Gomes, a young reporter for the Cape & Islands Gazette covers the story, thinking his reporting might lead to a job with a major metropolitan newspaper. With protests against the Viet Nam war and the rise of the Black Panthers roiling the public, the murder investigation becomes deeply personal when Gomes, a Cape Verdean American, encounters the smoldering racial antagonism between the descendants of Cape Verde and African-Americans, as well as the deep-seated hatred toward all people of color among some members of the white community.
Gomes soon learns that investigating a murder can put him in the cross-hairs of a cold-blooded killer. It’s a dangerous place for the young reporter as he peels away layers of family history in his quest to discover the motive behind a savage act of murder, and comes to understand a complicated, contradictory history of his own people.
Set within a Cape Verdean American community undergoing a transformation of its own consciousness, Fletcher’s crime novel dives deep into two timely questions: Is revenge ever a moral form of justice, and when does silence become complicity as criminal acts are committed before your own eyes?
Bill Fletcher Jr., the author of They're Bankrupting Us! (Beacon Press, 2012), and co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided (UC Press, 2009) is a long-time racial-justice, labor, and international activist, scholar, and author. He has been involved in the labor movement for decades, and is a widely known speaker and writer in print and on radio, television, and the Web. He has served in senior staff positions with many prominent union and labor organizations, including the Service Employees International Union, national AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Government Employees. He is also the former president of TransAfrica Forum.
Bill is a proud member of the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981.
On his first day of Catholic school, six-year old Kevin Carroll endured Sister Mary Monster’s first smack in the head for cracking a joke. Ten agonizing years of corporal punishment in the Christian behavior modification program failed to suppress his rebellious spirit. After ten years of escapades and escapes, he completed the eighth grade and left school to find work, and at age sixteen he met and married Ellen, the love of his life.
The first time Kevin tried heroin he was sure he’d never wind up a strung-out junkie. Six months later he did indeed become a heroin addict, and for twenty-seven years he haunted the darkest, most dangerous streets of Harlem and the South Bronx to support his habit. He worked for the NY City Sanitation Department, always in trouble, always talking his way out of a termination, until yet another arrest for drug possession threatened his career and his pension.
Going away to a three-month drug rehabilitation program, Kevin began to write about his life. It was cathartic. It was healing. When he finally breathed the fresh air of a life without drugs for the first time in his adult life, his loving wife Ellen had the biggest smile. Now twenty-three years clean, his hilarious, harrowing and heartwarming story will captivate readers and give hope to anyone who has been mistreated and believes there is no hope.