Veteran lawyer, playwright, producer, and director releases his latest legal thriller
PARDON THE RAVENS
by Alan Hruska
“As good as the best offerings of Turow, Grisham, and other legal-thriller hitmakers.”
—Booklist, on Wrong Man Running
“Hruska manages to create a world flecked with a little magic, while also delivering a tender and truthful examination of what it is to have and seek connection with a human soul…I left with a renewed faith in the existence of true talent.”
—Backstage Pass starred review of The Man on Her Mind
About the Book
Pardon the Ravens is a fast-paced legal thriller from the author of Wrong Man Running and the writer and director of films, Nola, The Warrior Class, Reunion, and The Man on Her Mind. Alan Hruska tells the gripping story of what happens when a man lets his heart get in the way of his business affairs – and the consequences of crossing the man who controls organized crime in New York City during the Mad Men era.
Gifted young lawyer Alec Brno is given the chance of a lifetime to try a huge fraud case making international headlines ¾ a case that might make him partner in his prestigious law firm. But he risks it all when he falls for an alluring young woman whose enraged husband is a sadistic Mafia don – and the criminal mastermind behind Alec’s case.
Suddenly, Alec finds himself caught between saving the woman he’s fallen for, pleasing the partners of his firm – and trying not to get killed in the process. This riveting ride blasts through Wall Street, the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods and worlds where sex, drugs and unsolved murders hide behind every façade. PARDON THE RAVENS will grab you and not let go until the last page.
About the Author
Alan Hruska writes and directs films and plays, and is a novelist and book publisher.
Alan’s first film, Nola, released by Samuel Goldwyn in 2003, was chosen the next year in a Best of Tribeca program for presentation to the troops in Kuwait and Qatar. His second film, The Warrior Class, premiered in the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2006 and is being distributed by Echo Bridge. Reunion, his third film, was released in New York in 2009. All three films ran on Showtime and are now available for streaming on various Internet outlets. His fourth film, The Man On Her Mind, will be released later this year. Alan was also Associate Executive Producer of the documentary, Trumbo, Co-Producer of the film, Handsome Harry, and Executive Producer of the soon to be released comedy, Tiger Lily Road.
Alan began his theatrical life in 2005 by directing an off-Broadway revival of Waiting for Godot, developed at the Actors Studio. The New York Times called Hruska’s Godot “a pleasure,” and The New York Post, “an admirable production” having “just the right mixture of pathos and comic bluster.” Alan’s own play, New House Under Construction, which he also directed, ran at the 59 E 59 Theaters in 2008-09. The Man On Her Mind, a play he wrote, directed by Bruce Guthrie, was produced in 2012 at the Charing Cross Theatre in London.
In 1985, Doubleday published Alan’s first novel, Borrowed Time. The following year, Alan co-founded the New York book publishing company, Soho Press, of which Alan is still Chairman. In 2011, Alan’s second novel, Wrong Man Running, was published in the U.K. and the U.S.A. by the British publisher, Severn House, and worldwide by Thomas & Mercer. His third novel, Pardon The Ravens, will be published in February 2015 by Prospect Park Books.
In an earlier life, Alan was a trial lawyer, representing many individuals and institutions, public and private. He was also president of several professional organizations and a member of various commissions and community boards. He is now a director of the Lark Play Development Center in New York and a member of the Actors Studio, Playwrights and Directors Unit. Visit Alan Hruska’s website: www.alanhruska.com.
Prospect Park Books | $26.95 | HC | 256 pp | ISBN-13: 978-1938849404