About the author

Howard Weiner

<p>Howard Weiner is a recent addition to the literary genre of fiction. Writing mysteries, thrillers, crimes&mdash;with a touch of romance&mdash;an approach described by one reader as &ldquo;one bubble off.&rdquo;</p><p>Many authors sharing the genre have characters whose fortune is determined by others. They literally have dodged the bullet that otherwise would have killed them. Weiner&rsquo;s characters make their own fortune&mdash;good or bad&mdash;and they live with the results.</p><p>Weiner&rsquo;s own experiences are blessed with no small number of noteworthy characters and events. He brings these slightly off-kilter individuals to life, complete with their own stories and dramas. Like the child prodigy in his first novel, <strong>It Is Las Vegas After All</strong>, who comes to the starting edge of adulthood and then loses the approval of his doting parents, the sponsorship of one of America&rsquo;s great institutions of higher education, and gains the enmity of his girlfriend&rsquo;s father&mdash;an international arms dealer&mdash;to become a home-grown terrorist operating on U.S. soil.</p><p>A survivor of rich, nuanced bureaucracies in the public and private sector, Weiner writes about characters whose career choices and decisions are morally questionable. A student of personal behavior in complex circumstances, Weiner brings these often cringe-worthy characters to life. Some are amoral, others immoral in a narrow slice of their lives, yet they otherwise look and act like people we all know from work or even childhood. Like one of the female leads in his novel, <strong>Serendipity Opportunity</strong>, an out-of-the-box thinker who flunks most of life&rsquo;s basic relationship tests, yet she is someone you never want pursuing you in the cause of justice. There&rsquo;s a former foreign security official who uses his protected status as a witness for federal prosecutors to provide cover for his own mayhem and murder in Weiner&rsquo;s third novel, <strong>Bad Money</strong>.</p><p>Many of Weiner&rsquo;s stories are born out of real life events: The mix-up in luggage claim at the airport in, <strong>Bad Money</strong>, the chronic high school slacker in <strong>Serendipity Opportunity</strong> whose one stroke of good fortune creates his opportunity to perpetrate a complex series of frauds, or the brilliant student in <strong>It Is Las Vegas After All</strong> who uses his prodigious talents toward an evil end.</p>