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- Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 214 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 18mm | 318g
- Publication date: 25 August 2011
- ISBN 10: 1934597627
- ISBN 13: 9781934597620
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
City Havoc is a fast-moving, day-to-day novel about a small group of domestic for-hire mercenaries, retained by foreign terrorists, who pose as a new political group with an ostensibly patriotic, reform-minded purpose. They set out to destabilize Los Angeles as the first city in a national campaign. The mayor is given an ultimatum to submit to their demands but he refuses. Increasingly violent and lethal methods such as bombings and executions are used by the HAP - Help America Patriots - to bring the city to its knees. Meanwhile, a young heiress on a tour in Los Angeles is kidnapped and made to seem a murderess who has converted to the HAP cause. The tour company sends, Derry Greene, its chief investigator to Los Angeles to save the heiress if possible and reduce its liability. Greene enlists the aid of an old flame, a local freelance journalist, but both are stymied in their efforts by the authorities who believe the heiress has joined the terrorists. Can the authorities and Greene finally derail the HAP before more people die? And can they save the heiress? In a dramatic conclusion, the HAP and Greene meet in a deadly encounter that brings the novel to a shattering end.
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Other novels by Jack Adler include a historical trilogy - Parthian Retreat, Seres Sanctuary, and Parthian Karma; and another historical novel, A Rage Of Duty. Contemporary novels are: The Montrell Tapes, Di Mario's Revenge, Ditzy and Champion, and Blackmail High. Nonfiction titles include: Southern India, Exploring Historic California, Splendid Seniors: Great Lives/Great Deeds, There's A Bullet Hole In Your Window, Consumer's Guide To Travel, Make Steady Money As A Travel Writer-Without Traveling, and Travel Safety (co-authored). The Library of Congress selected the latter book for translation into Braille. As a playwright Adler has received a grant from the Yaddo Foundation. Several one act plays have been produced off-Off Broadway, with one published. As a journalist Adler has been a columnist, on a free lance basis, for the Los Angeles Times' travel section and Westways Magazine. His articles have appeared in many other newspapers and magazines. He has taught various writing courses for UCLA Extension and for the Writer's Digest School. Adler and his wife, Barbro, reside in Los Angeles.