The year is 1974. Boston’s Jamaica Plain is a neighborhood under siege. The banks have REDLINED the neighborhood, causing the housing market to crash, wiping out local homeowner’s lifetime investments and opening the neighborhood to blockbusters and slumlords. Someone is systematically torching abandoned buildings and the charred body of Sandy Morgan, a dedicated young neighborhood organizer, has been found among the ashes. Why? Who stands to gain?
Lead community organizer and Marine combat veteran Jedediah Flynt, hired by a coalition of churches to stabilize the neighborhood, has sworn to find those responsible and avenge this young woman’s death. Flynt’s fight to save a Boston neighborhood and his search for those responsible lead him through a maze of corrupt politicians, greedy bankers, Chinese Mafiosi and pedophile priests.
Written by a former Alinsky-trained organizer and based on true events, REDLINED tells the very human story of a dedicated activist and his young researcher who uncover a plot destined to destroy a vibrant neighborhood. REDLINED exposes the unscrupulous actors who make big money off a community’s shattered dreams.
Paperback: 336 pages
Publishing date: October 1, 2019
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
Price: $19.60 (paperback) $27.10 (hardcover) $7.99 (e-book)
Richard Wise is the author of three books. The author's first book, SECRETS OF THE GEM TRADE, THE CONNOISSEUR'S GUIDE TO PRECIOUS GEMSTONES, was originally published in 2003. Extensively revised and rewritten, the 2016 2nd edition has added 127 pages, 11 new chapters, 5 new introductory essays and 161 additional photographs. http://www.secretsofthegemtrade.com
Mr. Wise's second book, THE FRENCH BLUE, a historical novel published in 2010, was the winner of a 2011 International Book Award in Historical Fiction. The novel is set in the 17th century gem trade. Called "a fine piece of historical fiction" in a 5-star review by Midwest Book Review, The French Blue tells the back-story of the Hope Diamond and the true-life adventures of 17th century gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier. http://www.thefrenchblue.com
REDLINED, a mystery thriller, is the author’s third book and will be released October 1st 2019.
Mr. Wise has enjoyed a diverse career. He is a former professional community organizer who ran organizing projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the 1970s. He became a goldsmith and Graduate Gemologist in the 1980s and began traveling internationally and writing about gemstones in 1986. His articles have appeared in Gems & Gemology and many other industry publications. He is a former Gemology Columnist for National Jeweler and a Contributing Editor to Gem Market News. He currently writes a book review column in Gemmology Today.