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Secrets Are Anonymous [Paperback]

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Item description for Secrets Are Anonymous by Frederick L. Cullen...

Secrets Are Anonymous is a comic mystery, featuring an ensemble cast of characters who weave their way through multiple plots, puzzles, twists and turns.

Secrets explores the remarkable series of events which unfold in the lives of a dozen celebrated residents of Bexley, Ohio. Many of the characters possess secrets and hidden ambitions, which, while kept to themselves, maintain Bexley's seemingly sedate status. The situation becomes more complex though, as the secrets begin to be revealed, and complicated, through a variety of communication vehicles: Bexley High School and Bexley wives Internet chat rooms, Internet messaging and e-mail, vanity plates, newspaper articles and letters to the editor, answering machines, hypnosis, burglary, video tapes, eavesdropping, and cocktail napkins, to name but a few.

The identities, secrets, and motives are often confused, or misunderstood, as each character has at least one screen name in addition to their own name.

Typical suburban problems become more complex when the Cali drug cartel, committed to instituting more entrepreneurial and decentralized management practices, selects Bexley as a test market for its new designer drug, burundanga. The clumsy struggles of the management team recruited for the test get them far more involved in the Bexley community than planned.

The chaos in Bexley is compounded when The National Security Agency, the FBI, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, weigh in.

The principal character, Marty Shepherd, is a Bexley High School graduate, whose promising New York journalism career is derailed when her father shows up for her college graduation with his boyfriend on his way to a new life in California. Guilt ridden, she returns home to Bexley to care for her wheelchair bound mother, taking "temporary" employment at The Bexley Chronicle, circulation 7,000. Marty unwittingly becomes involved in the adventures of the other characters, moving in and out of their lives, ultimately exposing their secrets.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Durban House Publishing
ISBN  1930754280  
ISBN13  9781930754287  

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Secret Identities  Jul 29, 2003
When a fire leaves a town rather unsettled, a few friends start talking about the car explosion. If you are used to chatting online, this book will even be more interesting to you although you have to keep track of a lot of characters all hiding behind their screen names.

Marty Shepherd is the principal character in this story and unwittingly becomes involved in the adventures of a variety of characters, moving in and out of their lives and exposing their secrets.

As PrettyLie says: "careful 297 - we all have secrets and I know some of yours."

Let's just say that during this novel, the police force is kept very busy. There are a lot of newspaper articles, letters, video tapes, internet messaging and chatting going on.

I can see this type of book becoming quite common in this age of internet life. Will appeal to those who enjoy lurking online.

For those who enjoy multiple plots, puzzles, internet chat rooms and mystery.

~The Rebecca Review
Must Read for Mystery Lovers  Jan 12, 2003
For readers who like mysteries this is a book you won't want to miss. The story is cleverly crafted, the cast of characters bizarre, the plot fast moving. The one thing you must do is pay attention. So many pieces of this complex puzzle fly around simultaneously that the casual reader can easily become confused.
Simply Irresistible  Jan 5, 2003
A comic mystery that weaves together upscale suburban housewives,Columbian drug lords, an Episcopalian Minister, high school kids, local reporters, and others? I would have said it can't be done, but Fred Cullen has done it. Somebody in the marketing department at Durban Publishing needs to get behind this book and promote it. The book is funny, articulate,and intriguing. I have never read anything quite like it. Fred Cullen leads the reader on a frantic Keystone Cops chase through a sedate neighborhood in Middle America. The characters are wonderfully depicted, and the plot takes the reader into a new genre, where the internet, Corporate America, and classic human foibles plunge quiet little Bexley, Ohio into chaos. We all wind up reading mediocre books by well-known authors. Here's a chance to read a superior book by a first-time author. I came across the book by accident and certainly haven't regretted purchasing it. You won't either.

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