Murder in Contoga Falls
A saga of bitter rivalry between mother, Galena, and gay bastard son Erik, born of rape, for the favor of her heartthrob, Max Anders. When fourteen-year-old Gaylena Baldwin, ventures into an alley behind a 1920s speakeasy to meet with heartthrob Max Anders, who fails to show up, she is deceived and raped by Steve Bragg. She gives birth nine months later and hides the fact of the rape from Max More
1928 Philadelphia. Mafia forewarning:
March 1, 1928.
His face drawn as if he hadn’t slept all night, Father, staring at the floor, trudges into the den.
“Shoot me, Klaus,” he says. “A commotion under my bedroom window at three am woke me. Five minutes later, I found a stuck Fed dumped on our doorstep, badge crushed between his teeth, knife handle sticking out from his gut, a lake of blood: mob thugs.”
Klaus escapes to upstate New York where he lives under the assumed name of Max Anders. As bookkeeper for the Cosa Nostra, he is forced by the fed to testify against to testify on the government’s behalf. The mob needs to shut him up and put a hit out on him.
Teenage Galena meets Max and Steve Bragg in a 1920s speakeasy and is assaulted by Steve in the alley behind the speakeasy, not true love, Max Anders. She learns she is pregnant and succeeds in blackmailing Max, with whom she never had sex, into marrying her with threats of reporting him for child molestation. Nine-months later she gives birth to a boy, Erik whom she despises as the child of her sadistic seducer. As bastard son grows up, he becomes obsessed with Max, Galena’s heartthrob. Starting at the age of three, bitter rivalry for Max’s favor grows between him and Galena. Family drama turns dark, leading to murder, mystery, police harassment, Mafia involvement and sadomasochism, both straight and gay.
Twenty-four years pass. Continuing family conflict intensifies. December 1941, Max joins the Navy and is reported lost at sea after Japanese destroyers sink his ship. Later, the Navy learns he was picked up and interred in a prisoner of war camp in Northern Japan. Erik is placed in a foster home where he seduces the son, sixteen year old Allan.
1945: Erik and lover, Allan, part ways when Allan discovers Erik with Bull, Allan’s housemate. Erik’s previously hidden craving to dominate others and later, be dominated: treated like a slave and endure verbal and physical abuse grows. Eventually, he and Allen reunite, Erik is drafted and into the Army, commissioned, and sent to Korea. There, he is blown out of a foxhole and shipped to Tokyo for treatment and conscripted into the Office of Special Investigation, the military version of the CIA.
After escaping death by alcohol, Galena finds her sobriety and becomes a successful writer. Erik finds Max. Mafia thug, Victor murders Max. The story ends as each of the survivors discovers his own personal triumph.