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The Attic by Richard Seltzer and Ethel Kaiden

54,830 words

Romantic Mystery


Life is complicated in a Back Bay apartment where events from the 1870s have unexpected consequences in the present-day. Tom (middle-aged, recently divorced, an unemployed software engineer) winds up sharing this apartment with four strangers -- three attractive women (Marge social psychologist, Patti a college freshman, and Tracy a former teacher), and Alex, a young tech genius. The attic directly above them is used as a drop-off point for neighborhood burglars. An intruder posing as a gas man cases the place. And from a series of phone calls and unexpected visits, it appears that lots of people -- both friends and strangers -- know far too much about the people who live here and what they do. High-tech high jinks, vengeful jealousy, and violent death combine to complicate the lives and loves of this makeshift modern-day family. Are they victims of random violence -- normal risks of city life -- or of a c

complex and sinister plot, with echoes from Marge's past and the past of the building they live in?

Bios of the co-authors:


Richard Seltzer's published works include:

The Name of Hero, historical novel (Houghton Mifflin)

Ethiopia Through Russian Eyes, translation from the Russian (Red Sea Press)  "...the most important book on the history of eastern Africa to have been published for a century...."   Old Africa

The Lizard of Oz satiric fantasy, "An intriguing and very entertaining little novel" Library Journal

The AltaVista Search Revolution, the first consumer book about search engines (McGraw-Hill) "indispensable" Library Journal, Winner of the Distinguished Technical Communication Award, the highest award given by the Society for Technical Communication Publications.  

Web Business Bootcamp (Wiley)

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Now a publisher of 3000 public domain electronic books, I worked for DEC, the minicomputer company, for 19 years, as writer, marketing consultant, and "Internet Evangelist." I graduated from Yale, with a major in English, and earned an MA from the U. of Mass. at Amherst in Comparative Literature (French, Russian, and German). At Yale, I had creative writing courses with Robert Penn Warren and Joseph Heller.


His web site gets 50,000-75,000 hits/months.


Ethel Kaiden is the daughter of Jack Weinstock, author of Pulitzer Prize winning musical "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" for which he won the Tony Award and the Annual Screenwriters' Award.  He was also the author of several well-known plays and television shows including scripts for Jackie Gleason's "The Honeymooners" and "Howdy Doody". "Tom Corbett Space Cadet" and "Rod Brown Of The Rocket Rangers."  Ethel has written several short stories and assisted her father with comic special material . She has been the speech writer for several CEO's of major corporations including Wang Laboratories, Digital Equipment, and Schlumberger.  She was a Public Relations executive and Press Agent before co-authoring "The Attic."



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