Tuesday, April 10, 2012

IRS Needs Some Positive Stories This Time of Year

Up to this point in the A to Z Blog Challenge I have concentrated my postings on characters that I’ve created for one or more of my five published novels. With the letter “I,” I'm going to deviate from this pattern and instead of sharing specific characters I am going to write about the IRS and the Iroquois today as both groups are featured in my work.

With tax filing deadline fast approaching, this is a wonderful time to spend a few moments on the Internal Revenue Service.  This government agency, specifically the Criminal Investigative Division (CID), plays an important role in my first book, Lifetime Loser. Whether you are in the "one percent" or busy occupying with the other ninety-nine percent, we all might have had a few unkind words to say about the taxman, especially in the middle of April. However, in this instance, the agents representing the IRS work to uncover fraud and bring the crooks to justice. 

A wealthy businessman with shady practices catches the attention of the government in Lifetime Loser.  Through his schemes, his partners are damaged as well as an innocent elderly woman trying to live out her years with dignity and, in the end, the U.S. tax payers in general.  Readers who want a white-collar thriller that is full of drama and unexpected betrayals should pick up a copy of Lifetime Loser.

In my latest novel, Pabby’s Score, a secret society has found its way into the underbelly of the plot. The clandestine operation has roots in Native American culture and organization. As events unfold and facts are collected it is discovered that the Iroquois tribe is obscurely involved and the consequences may tarnish the image of a great Nation. 

Government corruption and the dangers of power are themes that run throughout my novels and our country's treatment of the Iroquois and other Native American tribes is certainly an example of abuse in leadership.  Perhaps readers will make those connections or think about tribal history when going through the pages of Pabby's Score and considering some of the actions taken by the characters in today's society.

James Ross
Author of Lifetime Loser, Finish Line, Tuey's Course, Opur's Blade, and Pabby's Score
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1 comment:

Gerry Wendel said...

Why are taxes and the people associated with them on a government level so notorious, anyway?