Cover-ups of corruption, murder, and greed are found at the core of my latest literary historical fiction, BROKEN LEGACY, spanning a period of sixty years from 1952 to 2012. Maggie Butterfield, narrator, protagonist, and second daughter of an upper middle class Midwestern family cleverly parallels her family’s changing circumstances to a once thriving prosperous auto industry dominated small city called Anderson, Indiana.
The novel chronicles what happens to the middle class when the underbelly of corruption and greed swallow up Anderson’s rich and abundant natural resources found centuries ago by the Delaware Indians. The book is comprised of three parts: Part One, introduces the Butterfield family, typical of what most upper middle class and middle class families were depicted during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with personal accounts of each member of the family. Part Two, intertwines the changes of Maggie into her adulthood with the first offerings of Anderson’s corrupt residents manipulating their evil agenda from the historic Fire Of 1978. Firefighters strike is settled after a block of buildings downtown between 8th and 9th Streets comes down by a forceful blaze even the volunteer firemen cannot quench. A cover-up of murder leveled at the city building inspector, silences his findings so the guilty can go on getting their way.
Part Three, finds Maggie a single mother fighting for the security of her family of three sons from a corrupt family lawyer skimming her father’s estate. In 1987, puppet mayor takes his orders from a heavily connected mentor wielding his greed and corruption over an unsuspecting city. At the advent of the Twenty-first Century in 2004, the city is left in a state of bankruptcy, dwindling population, and the ultimate pulling out of the General Motors’s billions.
Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Trick is the timely and provocative book needs a literary agent for the best possible publisher to get it to interested readers all over the country. Just as Maggie Butterfield does not give up despite one hurdle after another, the author will not give up no matter how long it takes. Appreciation to all who view this blog, Patty Fischer/writer/painter/mother/grandmother/working class custodian.