John Bailey

John Bailey has been a radio personality for over twenty-five years, currently as part of the morning show on WWJ Newsradio 950 in Detroit. He also provides voiceovers for radio and TV commercials. He lives in the Detroit area with his wife, Kelly, and three cats.


    

Boyne Falls Baroque

John Bailey

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After hitting the dotcom lottery, reformed computer hacker Brian Mercer retires to a life of ease on Lake Charlevoix, only to watch his portfolio tank when the tech bubble bursts. Resigning himself to rejoining the workforce, Brian finds that his skills as a computer programmer are no longer in demand. He works a series of unrewarding jobs until he falls in love with Miiko, a young Japanese musician who feels an odd sexual attraction to her cello. Mikko introduces Brian to Grampa Sam, a former Yakuza boss who claims to have come across a method of divining stock prices using the Chinese I Ching. Under the guidance of Grampa Sam, Brian begins to repair his tattered stock portfolio -- until the FBI takes notice of his unusual trading activity. Convinced that he is engaging in fraudulent stock trading, the FBI arrests him and Brian is forced to return to his hacker ways to track down the true culprit.


    

    


    

    

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Boyne Falls Baroque

John Baily

DiskUs Publishing

ISBN: 1-58495-473-6

Contemporary

Reviewed by Tami Brady

Brian Mercer’s life is a roller coaster ride. He got lucky when he landed a computer programmer job right out of college. His good luck and fortune increased dramatically when his stocks in the company made him a millionaire. With the fall of the NASDAQ, however, Brian lost everything and was back looking for work, any work. The endless search through dead end jobs leads Brian to a Thai restaurant owned by a Japanese family and Grandpa Sam who uses I Ching to predict the stock market.

Boyne Falls Baroque is one of those stories that is really hard to pin down to a single genre. This story contains sarcastic humour, ironic situations, and illustrates commentary-like comments on our world. However, this story also contains a somewhat racy love affair as well as a few aspects of mystery and intrigue. Combined, these aspects create a witty, entertaining, engaging story complete with realistic characters, some of whom the reader will probably recognise from their own life experiences.

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