22: The Biography of a Gun

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As the “butterfly effect” says, even the smallest change can affect the universe. The appearance of a gun shatters the fragile lives of 22 people -- beginning with a beautiful young woman named Miranda. More

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Words: 65,240
Language: English
ISBN: 9781370924158
About Christopher Geoffrey McPherson

In more than three decades as a professional writer/journalist, Christopher has covered myriad subjects and interviewed thousands of people from the famous to the unknown. He brings his years of experience to each one of his novels.

In his career, his work has appeared in daily newspapers, monthly magazines, extensively on radio and the occasional dalliance with television. He has written advertising copy and radio commercials -- and continues to write.

Every work is different. Through reading his novels, you can visit the American home front in the 1940s, a future San Francisco wiped out by a killer earthquake, a romantic love affair in post-war Paris in the 1920s, a future planet where the major industry is making babies, an exciting detective series set in 1930s Los Angeles -- or his newest novel about how a gun forever changes the life of a beautiful young girl.

Prior to this new novel, called “22”, Christopher spent more than five years creating a series of novels that take place in 1930s Los Angeles called “The James Murray Mysteries.” Books in the series are "Murder at Eastern Columbia," “Sabotage at RKO Studio,” “Abduction at Griffith Observatory,” “Blackmail at Wrigley Field,” and the newest “Haunting at Ocean House.”

Other works featuring his byline include "The Babi Makers" -- a science fiction tale about a world where the most important resource is babies; "Sarah & Gerald" -- a novel about Paris in the 1920s; "Forever - and other stories" -- a collection of short stories; "The Life Line" -- the novel of the big one that levels San Francisco; "News on the Home Front" -- a novel of two friends during World War Two; and "Mama Cat" -- a book for children. Also, several short plays, a few radio plays and a boatload of radio documentaries.

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Reviews

Review by: Sheila Deeth on Nov. 10, 2017 :
In a world of well-regulated gun-ownership, the number of guns and gun deaths should surely fall. But an illegal weapon might take on a life of its own, passed from hand to hand, crime to crime, and punishment to punishment. Author Christopher McPherson tells the story of those hands wielding their weapon in this tale, and quietly invites the reader to ponder the meaning of gun ownership, gun regulations, gun temptation, and more. In a world of drugs and guns—and flawed human beings—this book might even be a must-read.

Each character—each victim, bystander or villain—has a name and an age. Each life is endangered, not always directly by the gun. Each accident or deliberate crime is plausible and scarily real. And each time the gun is fired, the lives of real people are changed. Like the butterfly effect, one crime in one place leads to another seemingly unconnected, and the gun, the bullets, or the people are to blame. From women in love to children in need, from father taking risks to mother taking control, from planned betrayal to betrayal by chance—a path that never leads quite where the characters want, born of laws that never lead quite where the legislators planned—22 has the sense of a cool collection of cleverly connected short stories. It's an evocative novel of real people in real places, and an enthralling, thought-provoking depiction of a world where people haven’t changed.

Touches of humor lighten the darkness of these tales. Touches of pathos deepen the shadows. And touches of raw humanity make this a novel that’s truly hard to put down. It’s highly recommended.

Disclosure: I was given a copy and I offer my honest review.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)

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