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MEDIA RELEASE – Neighboring Eyes, a novel by Richard M. Baker, Jr., is being released on Web-e-Books®, part of a rare collection of Baker’s newly edited novels. The Tri-Screen Connection, LLC, publisher and distributor of the e-book, is providing the technology platform and online shopping website for the Neighboring Eyes e-book.
Once again, Richard M. Baker, Jr. hits his accomplished writing stride with Neighboring Eyes, a taut, fast-moving novel about the adverse affect of societal mores on individual behavior. As is his way, Baker steps out boldly, carrying the torch and enlightening the reader with a solid depiction of everyday people struggling for a foothold on the success-driven, slippery, American dream slope.
The author manifests his talent for psychological drama by unveiling the lengths to which people go to secure and protect social position. Neighboring Eyes is his blueprint, a well-drawn tale of financial, sexual, emotional, and societal manipulation. Baker pits neighbor against neighbor in the name of neighborhood, whatever the cost, in a masterfully engineered story of exploitation, self-examination, resiliency and accountability.
Baker challenges us to question the sanity of social and economic systems -- in the author’s opinion, man-made fabrications for the masses at the expense of individuals, and clear causes for many modern-day problems. The troubled Reynolds family becomes the microcosm for a critical observation of the consequences of nonconformance with acceptable community standards.
Clever originality vitalizes the story and characters, the idea being that sometimes the most unlikely are the natural preservationists of a threatened community. In deference to the relatively innocent and unfairly victimized, Mr. Baker thoughtfully rewards the reader by plucking a champion from among the vulnerable.
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“Sell out, you old fool,” she croaked aloud. “Sell out, get away, and use the money to rent a quiet apartment. What’s to stop you? ….then, what you don’t see, won’t trouble you…”
“What do I do with it!” she had shouted. “What do I do with it? Did I just buy a new station wagon? Did I think we’d save money on the food plan? Did I want a TV for the bedroom? For fourteen years, we’ve paid most of our cash into installments on the kitchen set, four cars, that damned boat, trailer and motor, the TV sets, the hi-fi, the living area suite, the dining area suite, the bedroom suite, two beds, two cribs, two bicycles, the refrigerator, the range, the dishwasher, the pig, the washer-dryer….all breaking down, all worthless and now when we could do without some of it, need that money back, hardly a thing we own could ever be sold!”
“….Mack pondered for a few moments the dark side of his business…the double-dealing way they played the buyer against the seller, manipulating, compromising, often recommending a lower sale price than the property was worth; the lying, the withholding of important knowledge…hidden repairs to plumbing, cheap oil burner or boiler, calling them the finest made, rotting sills and roofs, cellars which flood…too thin walls, sagging floors, danger from swamps beyond the backyard and overflowing cesspools…and endless expenses…”
“Why, I’m nearly infatuated with her, he thought. I’ve almost fallen in love with her….imagine that…at first sight…with the mother of four children! She’s five, maybe six years older than me! But beautiful…God!”
“In one smooth motion he went from his chair to the couch, folded his strong arms around her…feeling her breasts, their total shape through her dress and his shirt…lips to her neck…”
“Herv…reading this filth makes me really sick, like you must be, but very relieved that I chose this morning to bring you my offer of help and some definite suggestions which, I am sure, will combat this dangerous behavior on the part of our children, stop many of the teenage trends, start a revolution, changes throughout the entire area.”