There's more than meets the eye in the unforgettable new novel Election Dance. Dirty politics, idealism, crime and sex all play significant parts.
Matthew Bartels, a brilliant and idealistic 37-year-old math teacher in Cura ao is asked to participate as a keynote speaker in a seminar on sustainable growth. His success leads to his joining a political party to bring about change and realize his vision for better governance.
But Matthew learns there is a price to pay when entering politics. His background is attacked by the media and demons of his past are resurrected. The attacks are instigated by Manny Contreras, "The Voice," whose goal is to turn Cura ao into an import-export hub of Colombian drugs for Europe and the U.S
The political campaign becomes ugly and ruins his love relationship. His private life and politics are inextricably linked, contributing to Matthew's unraveling. As "The Voice" does all he can to neutralize Matthew's popularity, Matthew works with the police to end Manny's drug career, even at great personal cost.
Almost in the manner of Balzac, Joseph Hart presents a cross-section of Cura ao, from the most wretched and impoverished of its citizens to the most powerful and corrupt of its politicians. He is unflinching in his description whether of love making or of violence, and there is plenty of both in the novel." - Phillip Mann, playwright and novelist
About the Author
Joseph Hart is a retired English teacher and school superintendent. He lives in Cura ao and is working on his next novel.