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MEDIA RELEASE - Predatory Will, a novel by Richard M. Baker, Jr., is being released as a Web-e-Book®, part of a rare collection of Baker’s newly edited novels. The Tri-Screen Connection, LLC, publisher and distributor of Web-e-Books®, is providing the technology platform and online shopping website for the Predatory Will e-book.
Predatory Will breaks through purely fictional walls as the author applies his professional accounting background and rich imagination to a family business inheritance fantasy. The novel is set in the late 1950s in a small Massachusetts community, like many, a town dependent on a single, family-owned factory or mill for community survival. When unshakable steelworks owner, A.R. Peters, dies, a disproportionate amount of his estate and business stewardship is left to his untested son, Henry, at the expense of his two other adult children.
The reading of the will is preceded by delivery to Henry of a letter written by A.R. that hauntingly proclaims his disappointment in him, nonetheless, elects Henry as most deserving of the steel yard, a comfortable home, and a million in cash plus stock. Transfer of wealth and ownership is condemned by members of the Peters’ family, employees of the business, and citizens of the town -- compelling Henry to make adjustments never considered by his autocratic father.
Henry is ambushed from all sides - by family, lawyers, accountants, shop managers, union organizers, insurance men, and corrupt local officials. Driven by a principled conscience his father would not recognize, Henry systematically deals with each attacker. He finds solace in his willingness to walk away unscathed from past transgressions, aided by new found confidence as a successful businessman and desirable bachelor.
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“The intent of this ghostly letter is not to disturb the tremendous relief you must feel now that your boss has gone and his funeral is behind you. Rather it is to write out some things, most of which, I regret, will make quite disagreeable reading for you during this happy time. But first, I'll deal with the good news so you might better accept my hard words.”
“Estelle twisted the plain gold band on her finger, shook her wrist to rattle the silver charm bracelet on it, tensed her flabby body and hunched her shoulders, waiting for the first words.”
“Judge Dawes strove to conceal his annoyance with Henry’s clever self-sufficiency and Estelle’s volatility. His professional opinion was that the trouble-making sister had no chance of breaking the will or of interfering in the affairs of a corporation that had been so coldly and calculatingly bequeathed.”
“Anyone who cared to could become familiar with the ways of shady Massachusetts politicians: the kick-backs for services rendered; the many towns and cities that awarded contracts for public projects without opening them to competitive bidding and to favored contractors and suppliers.”
“A.R. never had nothin’ like that in mind before he died. What makes you think there’s gonna be a strike? And how can you hike pay and put dough into stock at the same time? I ain’t no figurer, but it don’t add up.”
“He wondered if she was standing there with a towel around her and the water cooling her bare skin. He swallowed and said: “If I’ve caught you at a bad time maybe you’d prefer to call me back when you’re...uh...more ready. I’ll be here all afternoon.”