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Book Nook: The Middleman, by Olen Steinhauer

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Try to picture a scenario in which the United States has been taken over by corporations and that corporate power rules the land. Imagine that many of our leaders are being complicit with our corporate overlords and that corruption, shady deals, and money laundering have become the hidden hallmarks of power. In this fictional world Donald Trump is still our president but just about everything else is different. I realize this seems absurd and inconceivable. In his new novel "The Middleman" Olen Steinhauer has imagined this has happened to America and that an underground leftist group is conspiring to cause chaos and anarchy as they rebel against what has become the status quo.

Or so it seems. If you are familiar with this masterful writer's work you'll understand that things are rarely what they appear to be in his stories. There are always things that are invisible, carefully concealed from the main characters and hidden from us, his readers.

The FBI is trying to infiltrate this mysterious resistance group before they can execute their dastardly plans. I'll say no more. "The Middleman" is one smoking hot read.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

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Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them.  Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.