About the Book
Beacon City Confidential offers a mole’s-eye view of American urban mythology run amok. Petty crimes and deceits, daily dissatisfactions and squabbles, puny triumphs inflated like hot-air balloons. Like our reporter’s notebook, the pages are crowded with events and outcomes, brimming with entertaining villains trying to survive the 21st Century by any means necessary. Less visibly, the real heroes, the joe-schmoes and who’s-thats, threaten to make their own stand, clamoring for their stake in the American dream and a taste of its pie.
Lawrence Jay Switzer, designer of the ongoing Walt Whitman Series (six volumes in print to date) and producer of illustrated biographies of history's most famous courtesans, published his first work of fiction in 2019, entitled Sayville Tales, a Novel of Traveler's Tales. In the tradition of The Canterbury Tales, Sayville Tales is comprised of more than a dozen stories told by modern-day passengers on a railroad journey. The following year he published the first of three planned books about a fictional American metropolis. The title of the first volume is Beacon City Confidential.