Part comedy, part suspense, part expose and part old-fashioned truth, this is a novel that reads like a movie. Set on an overdeveloped stretch of sand along the Sunshine State’s west coast, Way Under Contract takes the reader deep within the outrageous world of Florida real estate.
Written and published in 2000, long before Hurricane Charley ripped into the barrier islands off Southwest Florida in 2004. The hurricane described in the book more closely resembled Hurricane Katrina, which was a much larger and more powerful storm. Although some of the real estate terms have changed since the book was first published more than a decade ago, the human drama that is the backbone of this story, sadly remains the same.
The author got much of his inspiration from a Rudyard Kipling story, which was also made into a feature film, titled “The Man Who Would be King.” In Way Under Contract that man is Adam Bartlett, an arrogant, self-enthralled real estate agent who has to come to terms with the raw forces of mother nature. This is a story that has been told and will be retold for as long as mankind walks this planet.
With a five-star standing in Amazon reviews and excellent reviews on Good Reads this book is the quintessential black comedy in the vein of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller and Tourist Season by Carl Hiaason. It won the Patrick Smith Award for best work of Florida fiction in 2001. This book is only available as an e-book on numerous platforms including Kindle, Apple Books, nook and several other leading e-book distributors.
ISBN: 0-9676199-4-7 / Original Publication date: 2000 / List price: $14.95 / Current status: OUT OF PRINT / Available only as an e-book.